What’s a Buckeye?

We know that the Ohio State’s mascot is the buckeye, but what is a buckeye?
It’s a white squirrel, obviously!  At least, that’s what my father told a newbie moving to Columbus.  Thank goodness we were close enough friends that she was able to forgive my father after announcing in front of many native Ohioans, that a buckeye is an albino squirrel!
The truth is, a buckeye is a poisonous nut that comes from the buckeye tree.  Buckeyes are deadly to humans but a great meal for squirrels.  We happen to have a lot of them in Ohio, hence being called “the buckeye state.”
We are all familiar with the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  So too, “When your mascot is the buckeye, make candy!”  The buckeye is a chocolate peanut butter confection made to resemble the buckeye nut.
So….in honor of Columbus Day (that’s Monday!), I made buckeyes!

Makes 40-50
1 1/2 Cups Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Earth Balance
1 lb Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 C. Chocolate Chips
2-3 Tbs. Canola Oil

Mix peanut butter, earth balance, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl.  Roll into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Refrigerate.  Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in a microwave and add oil when halfway melted.  Insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball and dip halfway up with the melted chocolate.  Dab your finger in water and pat over hole that was made by the toothpick.  Put finished buckeyes on parchment paper and keep in freezer or refrigerator.


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