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Buckeye (candy)

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Place of originUnited States
Region or stateOhio
Main ingredientsPeanut butter, chocolate
Food energy
(per serving)
100 kcal (419 kJ)
Dried buckeye nuts

Buckeyes are a confection made from a peanut butter fudge partially dipped in chocolate to leave a circle of peanut butter visible. Buckeyes are similar to peanut butter balls (or peanut-butter-filled chocolate balls), which are completely covered in chocolate.

Named for their resemblance to the poisonous nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio, this candy is particularly popular in Ohio and neighboring states.

It is common for Ohioans to make buckeyes at home, but they are also available in mail-order catalogs and candy shops.[1][2][3]

The dessert is not known prior to the 1960s or 1970s, originally being prepared by home cooks in their kitchens. One recipe included butter, crunchy or creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips. Peanut butter and butter are blended and powdered sugar is added gradually before it is rolled into small balls and dipped in melted chocolate.[4]

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  1. ^ Mariani, John F. (1999). The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink. New York: Lebhar-Friedman Books. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-86730-784-9. OCLC 41319951.
  2. ^ Martin, Chuck (December 14, 2005). "Nuts & bolts about buckeyes". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Campanelli, John (November 22, 2010). "PDQ's guide to the buckeye, just in time for the OSU-Michigan game". The Plain Dealer.
  4. ^ Baggett, Nancy (2005). The All-American Dessert Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 374. ISBN 0618240004.

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