These are the most famous candies in Ohio and are made so many different ways. This happens to be our favorite way. Bare minimum I make at least 12 dozen. My entire family always want their share of Buckeyes for Christmas. So, they must be made. lol
They are very rich candies that are delish. I will dip them in different colored chocolates for the holiday and sprinkle colored sugars.
Now, when I first started making these I used paraffin wax but quickly found another way. I just don't like using it. It does give a shinier outside but that doesn't matter to my family.
Hope you enjoy.
Cream together your first 3 ingredients. Then start adding your sugar a cup or two at a time. Now this will get really hard to mix and I usually grab my husband at this point to stir this together. But you want it to be sorta crumbly but still sticking together. So, you may use the whole pd. of sugar or not. Once you make them a few times you will get the right texture down. I have made these so many times I really don't measure to much. If you find it to dry add some more peanut butter.
Now, begin rolling into small balls about 1 inch in size and place on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Once you have them rolled push toothpicks down in center of each Buckeye. About 1/2 way or so. You will place these in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes or so just to get them cold.
(Don't let them get too cold or else you will cause the chocolate to crack after they are dipped)
While they are chilling, melt down your candy chocolate. I have used 1 bag of milk and 1 bag of dark and mixed together. I have also added into milk chocolate a bag of Ghiradelli dark chocolate. WOW, is that good.
Now, once you start dipping the balls into the chocolate you want to go fast. Dip them about 2/3 of the way so that they look like Buckeyes. Now, sit them on another wax piece of paper.
Once dry remove the toothpicks and plate them. Use plastic gloves if possible so that you do not get finger prints on the chocolate.
At Christmas time I dip them in white chocolate too adn spinkle colored sugars on top or I drizzle green or red on top.
Melanie, made these for Valentine's day and for a bake sale for Smile Train. They are beautiful in the white chocolate and red sprinkles.
May 25th, 2014 --- Made these for my cousin Bridgette's Wedding this past Saturday on the 24th of May. I decided to put some bling on them and drizzle colors from her wedding bouquet. White, orange and pink to make them a little more festive.
May 25th, 2014 --- Here they are at the wedding on a festive tray.