How to Make Buckeye Candy for the Holidays

How to Make Buckeye Candy for the Holidays

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You aren’t a true Ohioan if you don’t have an awesome Buckeye candy recipe in your arsenal. Every year when the weather starts getting colder it’s time to grab the peanut butter and chocolate to combine into one of the tastiest candy recipes you will ever make.

For some families in Ohio Buckeyes are their own food group. ( I may or may not be guilty of that one.) The town I grew up in was just close enough to get amazing fresh Buckeye candy from the local Amish community and oh my. They were always a treat I was excited for. Now that we live in the South I can’t help but still bring out the traditional Buckeye recipe every year once the leaves start to turn and the air gets a little cooler. 

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How to Make Easy Buckeye Candy

There are several different ways to make Buckeye candy. Some recipes call for using paraffin wax. Other recipes add things like graham cracker crumbs. I use a traditional recipe for Buckeye candy that has no frills but all of the delicious peanut butter and chocolate flavor that these candies are known for. 

If you don’t have vanilla, it’s ok! Just leave it out. They will come out just fine. If you don’t have vegetable oil on hand you can leave that out as well. I wouldn’t suggest substituting with olive oil here as I personally believe it changes the taste of your chocolate a little. The only difference in using a little bit of vegetable oil is that your chocolate will be a little thinner. You can still make awesome Buckeye candy without thinning your chocolate though! 

In all, this recipe only takes a few ingredients and about 30 minutes. It is definitely an easy candy recipe that just about anyone can do in an afternoon. 

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Buckeye Candy Recipe

Buckeye Candy Recipe

Buckeye Candy Recipe


  • 1 1/2 C natural peanut butter, smooth
  • 1/2 C butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4-6 C powdered sugar
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 1 12 oz bag milk chocolate baking chips


  1. Combine peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer. You want to ensure that you have everything completely smooth and that there are no chunks of butter left over. Usually this takes about a minute or two.
  2. Add powdered sugar into peanut butter mix 1 C at a time. You want to make a crumbly mix that still has a little stickiness to it.
  3. Remove bowl from stand mixer and form 1-2 inch balls of your peanut butter mixture. Line your peanut butter balls on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. For easier dipping, insert a tooth pick into the top of each of your peanut butter balls.
  4. Place tray of peanut butter balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until hardened.
  5. Once your chilling time has ended remove peanut butter balls from the freezer. Pour chocolate chips into the top of a double boiler and melt until smooth. Add up to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into chocolate while stirring to thin chocolate slightly.
  6. Using the toothpicks dip each of your peanut butter balls into the chocolate. You want a thin coat of chocolate on each of the peanut butter balls. You can cover the whole ball in chocolate if you prefer. However, traditional Buckeyes have a bit of peanut butter still showing to look like actual Buckeyes.
  7. Place chocolate coated peanut butter balls back on baking sheet and chill another 30 minutes until chocolate hardens.
  8. Buckeyes can be stored in a sealed container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Buckeye Candy

This candy recipe is super easy. There are a few things you can do to make it even easier though. One of the biggest tips I have is to always make sure your peanut butter mixture is smooth. When you are forming your balls of peanut butter be sure to have a smooth outside. You can knead the peanut butter mixture slightly to smooth out any lumps before rolling into a ball. As you can see in my images I was lazy on a few and it REALLY makes a difference in the final product. The good news is regardless of how they look they still taste just as good lol. 

When coating your Buckeye candy in chocolate you want to try to do a quick turn of the wrist to get a thin layer of chocolate. If you get too much chocolate on your peanut butter balls it can be a bit too rich. I find that keeping the top of my double boiler at a slight angle helps me to turn the peanut butter ball quickly and easy off any extra chocolate without too much hassle. 

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