Ohio Buckeye Fudge

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If you've lived in Ohio your entire life like I have, you'd be well accustomed to our state's favorite dessert: the buckeye! For those of you not familiar with Ohio's strange desserts, a buckeye is simply a ball of sugary peanut butter dipped in melted chocolate to look like our state nut.  

The buckeye is actually quite scary looking while still inside its shell - and hurts worse than a Lego when stepped on barefooted (I know this from first hand experience!).

This year I'm putting a twist on the classic peanut butter and chocolate ball and making it into a fudge instead. With peanut butter balls scattered throughout, this nutty fudge will make you scream "O-H-I-O!"

Categories: Dessert , Video Recipes

Tags: Peanut Butter , Chocolate , Fudge , Dessert , Buckeye

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Ohio Buckeye Fudge

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 hours chilling

Makes ~ 2 lbs fudge


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  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Here's How:

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  1. In a small bowl, use a hand mixer to whisk together the peanut butter, melted butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Beat until combined and crumbly.
  2. Use the palms of your hands to press together the peanut butter crumbles until it can be rolled into one inch sized balls. Roll enough balls to fill a 9x9 pan. Place into a pan lined with parchment and chill.
  3. While the peanut butter ball chill, melt the remaining butter, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk - stir until a smooth chocolate forms.
  4. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter balls and spread over all the balls so they are covered completely and the chocolate fills in the spaces between.
  5. Chill the fudge for 8-10 hours or until solid. Cut into 1x1 cubes so some of the balls are cut in half and exposed on the sides. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Enjoy! O-H!

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