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I was recently asked what I love most about living in Ohio. I quickly responded with “hockey!” but after further, deeper reflection, I do believe buckeyes may be what I love most about Ohio.
Sure, it was annoying to have to hit up 3 different grocery stores in order to find paraffin wax…but it was worth it. It is peak buckeye-making season, after all — OSU plays Michigan next weekend. Speaking of which, paraffin wax is pretty awesome. Per Mr. Prevention’s Google search, not all buckeye recipes call for paraffin wax. Most don’t, actually. However, paraffin wax helps create a hard shell on your buckeye with a nice, even coat of chocolate. Not to mention, the wax leaves the buckeyes with a bit of a shine. Tasty and pretty making them all the better.
If you’ve made buckeyes, you know they can be a pain. Labor-intensive, if you will. Here’s a little secret: it’s all about having available freezer space. Step 1 in this recipe should read, “Clear out as much of your freezer as you can.” You’ll thank me later if you take me up on that little piece of advice. I pinky promise.

Also note, rolling buckeyes is not possible with room temperature batter. It has to be cold, but pliable…moldable (not a word, whatever), without coating your hands in 236 calories worth of delicious buckeye dough. So aim for about 30 minutes of freezer time before you start rolling. If you get the cooling process down, your buckeye-making experience will be much more pleasant.

And lastly, don’t go through the trouble of making buckeyes without at least doubling, if not tripling the recipe like I did (the tripled recipe amounts are in parentheses and italics below). These things should come with a warning label; one batch would just be a tease.
So without further adieu, our Ohio State fan friend’s buckeye recipe!

Buckeyes from Tiffany and Josh

2 cups powdered sugar (6 cups)
10 Tbsp butter, at room temperature (3 sticks + 6 Tbsp)
1 cup all-natural creamy peanut butter (3 cups)
1 (12 ounce) package of semisweet chocolate morsels (36 ounces or 3 packages)
1/4 block paraffin wax (3/4 block paraffin wax)


Mix together powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter. Chill in the freezer until solid enough to form into balls (about 30 minutes). If the balls are not smooth, place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 15-20 minutes. Re-roll them to smooth.

Melt chocolate and paraffin wax in a double boiler or glass boil over a pot of soft boiling water until blended. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate, using a toothpick, leaving a round eclipse at the top. Let dry on wax paper (I re-inserted them in the freezer on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet). Remove the toothpick and smooth peanut butter to cover the hole. Store in a covered container in the fridge. Yield: ~25-28 buckeyes (the tripled recipe made 78 buckeyes).

Nutrition Information (per buckeye): YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!

Result: In case the ingredient list wasn’t telling enough…

And because you won’t use all of the chocolate, get creative with the leftovers. I poured the warm, melted chocolate into a lined mini muffin tin. I garnished with a pecan and refrigerated to harden. Doesn’t get much easier than that! You could also use the leftover chocolate to decorate cookies and other baked goods, or simply drink it from the bowl 😉

Question: How many calories do you think are in one 1.5-inch diameter buckeye?

Answer to be revealed tomorrow…brace yourselves!!

Buckeye bliss,

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  1. November 22, 2010 / 5:43 am

    I really don’t wanna think about calories in those yummy buckeyes..they looks so amazing!
    You are so creative with the leftover chocolate! I need to steal this tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. November 22, 2010 / 6:37 am

    YUM! They look delicious! And what a great picture of Mark, classic.
    So my buckeyes had about 100 calories for a i-inch buckeye….yours look bigger though! Are they really only one inch?? I would guess close to 200 calories.

  3. November 22, 2010 / 7:02 am

    Well since it’s basically only made of calorie-dense ingredients like pb and sugar… I can imagine it’s not the lowest number. lol

    We do a non-peanut butter version of these around Christmas time- they’re called Martha Washingtons…

  4. November 22, 2010 / 7:47 am

    I’d put them at 120 kcal each ballpark. Between you and Gina, I’ve now learned what a buckeye is! Never heard of a buckeye before!

    Thanks for sharing, I won’t be making these as I still need to fit into my pants and chocolate-pb is a dangerous combo. ๐Ÿ™‚ But they look delicious!


  5. November 22, 2010 / 7:59 am

    Well, they look little, but from your post, the answer is probably much higher than I would originally guess. I’ll go with 175 calories each.

  6. November 22, 2010 / 8:08 am

    I love these things…and I really don’t think I even want to know! I think they are even better than reeses cups…because the peanut butter mixtures just sort of melts in your mouth! Yours look absolutely PERFECT!!!!

    Here is a good tip, spray your hands with cooking spray before you roll them, it helps the pb mixture not stick to your hands ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. November 22, 2010 / 8:37 am

    I never knew that wax was even edible–interesing. Maybe once I have some freezer space, I’ll try these out. I’ll prob change my mind after you post the cal count LOL

  8. Grace Dickinson
    November 22, 2010 / 8:47 am

    I’d say about 150…but all that peanut buttery, chocolaty goodness is sooo worth it. Love these!

  9. November 22, 2010 / 9:20 am

    Love buckeyes! I don’t think I want to know how many calories there are.

  10. November 22, 2010 / 9:22 am

    A lot! ๐Ÿ™‚ But they do look delicious!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great week, Nicole!

  11. November 22, 2010 / 9:32 am

    I’ve never had these. They do look good, though I think knowing the calorie info would ruin it for me. I’m going with 150, though I’d like to eat them while blissfully ignorant.

  12. November 22, 2010 / 9:48 am

    I LOVE LOVE Buckeyes! So good and so hard to eat just one. I usually end up eating 5….yikes. I prefer not to know the calorie level because then I will have to watch how many I eat ha! These look so pretty Nicole!

  13. November 22, 2010 / 11:42 am

    Yum, yum, yum! I’ve been dying to make buckeyes ever since I first heard about them…totally inspired now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmm, I’m going to guess 259 calories.

  14. November 22, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    I have only ever seen these before on Gina’s blog. Yours look like they turned out really well. My guess is around 200 since it has the PB and butter, but I am hoping it is not more.

  15. November 22, 2010 / 3:13 pm

    My mom makes some KILLER buckeyes… Actually, she made them a few years ago when Ohio State and Florida were playing for the National Championship. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. November 22, 2010 / 3:56 pm

    Hmm..I would guess and say around 200.
    They look worth every calorie though! I just can’t get enough of chocolate combined with peanut butter!

  17. November 22, 2010 / 4:54 pm

    180?? They look delicious.. I’m a sucker for Buckeyes.. and you and Gina posting them in the same week really makes me want to make em ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. November 22, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    I have never had one of those but peanut butter and chocolate are amazing together.

    I suppose it depends on how big you make them but I am guessing somewhere around 120-150 calories! Mostly sugar and fat!

  19. November 22, 2010 / 6:02 pm

    I love those too – I’ve never made them before though – but they are always part of a cookie exchange I do every year.

    Wow – I am going to guess around 160 calories each??

  20. November 22, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    225? 2 tbsps of peanut butter is about 200…so about 1 tbsp plus chocolate, plus sugar…225 is my guess!

  21. November 22, 2010 / 7:47 pm

    those look so good! I can’t wait to hear how many calories are in there….

  22. November 23, 2010 / 1:19 am

    Uh, I don’t wanna know!! But my guess like 180 kcal? Hm? Close enough? Well, that’s like the amount of a nutrition bar, so I’ll still take the buck-eye! ๐Ÿ˜€

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