Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Making BUCKEYE Candies With The Grandma's Is FUN and SO YUMMY!

A fun thing my kids love to do when we go to their Grandparent's house in OHIO is make BUCKEYE candies!  Until I married my husband...I had no idea what a Buckeye was (to begin with), let alone this delicious peanut buttery chocolate version!  YUM!  Boy was I missing out!
This trip was no exception...once supplies were gathered on the counter...the kids and Grandma got right to work!
It takes a lot of stirring...and after the kids are wore out, Grandma always has to help finish it out!
Then they get to rolling the balls.  This year, the kids had free reign of how big or little they rolled them.  Some were bigger than normal...some were MOUSE SIZE...but regardless, the kids had a great time seeing their tasty creations come to life.  My mother in law even made one in the shape of a football!  YUMMY!
After they are all set up (spent some time in the freezer), it's time to dip them in their chocolaty coating!  The kids love this part, because...you're always going to get some chocolate on your fingers, that need licking off in the process!  What a treat!
Our final outcome were far from "STORE COUNTER" ready, but tasted just as good!  These peanut butter/chocolate Buckeyes melt in your mouth...LITERALLY!  If you've never tried them before, I am including a recipe below, so you can make your own to try out with your family!  Guaranteed...OHIO STATE FAN or not, you're going to love these little balls of sweet goodness! YUM!  They are good at Christmas time, but also a fabulous treat YEAR ROUND too!

HOW TO MAKE BUCKEYE CANDIES:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
  4. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
P.S.  BET YOU CAN'T EAT "JUST ONE"!

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