Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Peanut Butter Discovery: Ohio Buckeyes




Recently some colleagues attended a conference in Ohio and brought back a selection of Buckeyes, a traditional candy native to Ohio. Apparently the chocolate dipped peanut butter bonbons got their name because of their resemblance to the nut of the local Buckeye tree. They are delicious. I don't know exactly why the candy has never spread beyond the state borders because it's basically a creamy peanut butter candy contained within a chocolate wrapper and the taste is sensational- like a creamy softer version of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I was able to sample two brands- Anthony Thomas Official Ohio State Buckeyes and Harry London Gourmet Buckeyes. They were both really good. The ones by Anthony Thomas were a bit softer throughout, milkier overall. I wouldn't be able to cite a favorite between the two, although I'm sure if I delved further into the world of packaged Buckeyes I could really begin to understand what constitutes a "superior" Buckeye. Have any obsessivsweets readers encountered Buckeyes before? Do you have a favorite brand or recipe? Thanks to my colleagues for sharing these treats!


2 comments:

  1. Oh, I want to try these! Road trip to Ohio, anyone? Are they distributed all over Ohio or just a specific region?

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  2. you can make your own Buckeyes. There are many recipe - but here is the one I use -

    1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
    1 1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
    1 pound powdered sugar (amount may vary slightly depending on oil content of PB)
    Mix the above until stiff yet smooth. Refrigerate overnight. Roll into bite-size balls. Refrigerate again. Dip into melted dipping or candy-making chocolate leaving a spot of the peanut butter exposed so it looks like a buckeye, Place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens. Easy-peasy! .Store at room temperature between layers of wax paper in airtight container.

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