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Buckeyes

My husband is originally from the "Buckeye State" (Ohio, USA) and this is one of his favorite desserts. If you like peanut butter and chocolate you will love this delicious snack.
 
Why is Ohio called "The Buckeye State"?
Ohio got the nickname in 1953 because of the many buckeye trees found throughout the state. The name itself is of native origin. The Indians called it "hetuck" or "buckeye" because the markings on the nut resembled the eye of a buck deer.  

Traditional Buckeyes

* 1 pound Butter
* 2 cups Peanut Butter
* 1/2 to 3 pounds Confectioners Sugar
* 3 T. Vanilla
* 2 large Hershey Chocolate Bars
* 1/2 stick Paraffin (wax) 

Cream butter and peanut butter. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla, mix well using hands. Form mixture into balls using hands.
 
Melt chocolate and paraffin in the top fo a double boiler over low heat.
 
Dip balls into chocolate paraffin mixture using toothpicks. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
 
Dip a teaspoon into water and smooth over toothpick hole.
 
These may be refrigerated or frozen. 

Traditional Buckeye Candy
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Pan Buckey Tricks:

These can be served anytime of the year. If using for a holiday take a tube of icing and decorate. For Christmas use green and red icing to make holly leaves with berries. Thanksgiving use orange and green to make pumpkins and vines.

Pan Buckeyes:

* 2 sticks Butter or Margarine
* 1 C. Peanut Butter
* 1 lb box of Powdered Sugar (4 cups)
* 1 - 8 oz. Milk Chocolate Bar
* 3 1-oz. squares melted chocolate
* 1/2 cup Peanut Butter 

Melt butter, peanut butter (1 cup) and powdered sugar in microwave approximately 1-2 minutes. Melting time will vary depending on your microwave setting. It's best to use a glass bowl so you can see when butter starts to melt.  
 
Stir and make sure everthing is melted and mixed well. Pat into a 9x13 pan.
 
Melt chocolate bar and 1/2 cup peanut butter on stove over low heat. Stir until melted. Pour over bottom layer and refrigerate until chocolate has set. Cut into squares and serve. These should be kept refrigerated. 

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