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!”
Ohio Buckeye Fudge
- 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.
- 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 9×9 pan. Place into a pan lined with parchment and chill.
- While the peanut butter ball chill, melt the remaining butter, chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk – stir until a smooth chocolate forms.
- 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.
- Chill the fudge for 8-10 hours or until solid. Cut into 1×1 cubes so some of the balls are cut in half and exposed on the sides. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Enjoy! O-H!