Hotel Chocolat: What are chocolate buckeyes?

Full of character and flavor, chocolate buckeyes are a must-have for peanut butter lovers.

For every famous confectionery like the chocolate truffle, there are many that don’t enjoy quite the same level of world fame. The world of Chocolate is as diverse as it is tasty, which means there are always new treats to discover around the corner. A delicious snack you may not have heard of is chocolate buckeye, also known as buckeye candy.

Read on to learn all about chocolate chestnuts: what they are, where they come from, and how you can make your own at home.


What are chocolate buckeyes made of?

Essentially, chocolate buckeyes are balls of peanut butter dipped in delicious chocolate. A small circle of peanut butter is left uncovered, giving the chestnuts their distinctive appearance. The salty taste of peanuts goes perfectly with the sweetness of chocolate. This contrast of flavors makes nuts and chocolate the perfect combination that is sure to delight your taste buds.

Where do chocolate buckeyes come from?

Chocolate buckeyes themselves are a simple snack, but there’s a surprisingly complex story behind the name. You may know Ohio as the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but as chocolate lovers, we know it as the home of chocolate buckeyes. This tasty treat originated in the Midwestern United States and is named after the humble glabrous aesculus, or Ohio buckeye tree, which is the state tree of Ohio.

Buckeye nuts are quite similar to horse chestnuts. The dark nut with a small white spot looks like a shiny deer’s eye, which is why Native Americans living in the area called them “hetuck”, which means “deer’s eyes”. Since then, the State of Ohio has appropriated the identity of the horse chestnut tree. Ohio State University uses the name for its sports teams, and it may be used as a slang term for people living in Ohio. It’s so iconic, in fact, that the state is sometimes called the “Buckeye State”!

The buckeye candy also has its own story to tell. the invention of daisies is attributed to Gail Tabor in the 1960s, when she dipped peanut butter balls in chocolate and noticed they looked like buckeye nuts. Tabor buckeyes became a tradition for the annual Ohio State-Michigan game, and since then they have become something of the state’s unofficial candy.


How to make chocolate buckeyes

If you’ve read this far and think you want to try chocolate buckeyes, you’re in luck! Chocolate buckeyes are easy to make at home, using only kitchen equipment and household ingredients. And there’s no baking necessary – just a freezer and a chocolate melting method. And if you don’t know what is the best way to melt chocolate, you can always check our practical Guide beforehand to obtain a smooth and creamy chocolate.

Our recipe should make about 40 buckeyes, but feel free to adjust the amounts if you want more or less. You can store them in the refrigerator for several weeks. Alternatively, wrap them tightly and store them in the freezer for several months and they’ll still be good to go.


  • 475g smooth peanut butter

  • 115g butter (molded)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 400g icing sugar

  • 340g dark chocolate


  1. First, mix the peanut butter and softened butter in a bowl, then add the vanilla extract.

  2. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl and mix well to create a paste.

  3. Take tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and shape them into balls by rolling them in your hands.

  4. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

  5. Chill them in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes, then take them out and prick each one with a toothpick.

  6. Melt the chocolate in a bowl.

  7. Using the toothpick, dip each peanut butter ball into the chocolate. To give your buckeyes their distinctive appearance, make sure a round spot of peanut butter is always visible on one side.

  8. Return to baking sheet and remove toothpick. You can smooth the toothpick mark with your finger for a cleaner look.

  9. Leave the buckeyes in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden before serving.


What type of chocolate is best for chocolate buckeyes?

Although ultimately it comes down to personal preference, our recommendation is high quality dark chocolate. The deep, decadent flavor of dark chocolate contrasts magically with peanut butter. The recipe calls for a fair amount of icing sugar, but darker chocolate can work with the peanut butter to keep your candy from becoming too much soft. You can also choose unsweetened peanut butter for this recipe.

With the rich flavor and characteristic sweetness of Hotel Chocolate and the perfect shape to break into small pieces to measure, we believe our 70% dark chocolate sticks are up to the challenge.

If you prefer milk chocolate, don’t let that stop you! After all, who are we to deprive ourselves of a little extra sweetness in life? Fortunately, our 40% milk chocolate sticks will also work well for soaking.


Why chocolate and peanuts?

As mentioned earlier, the contrasting flavors of nuts and chocolates make for a great pair that works together to make the unforgettable. nut chocolate flavors that so many of us love.

Peanuts in particular have a long and rich partnership with chocolate. This may be because of their excellent balance between salty and sweet sweet notes.

We love using peanut butter in our own products. For a smooth and silky sensation of peanuts and chocolate, the Peanut butter chocolate picker is our go-to, but if you like a little crunch with your peanut butter, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Slab he has everything. Or if you prefer your guilty pleasures in liquid form, our Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate Sachets let yourself experience these two flavors like a warming hot chocolate, perfect for a cozy evening indoors.

Whether you’re looking to find a taste of Ohio or you’re just a peanut butter lover, we think these chocolate buckeyes will hit the mark. And if you’re making some at home, be sure to tweet us your results @HotelChocolat – we’d love to see what you do.

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