Showing posts with label Buckeyes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Buckeyes. Show all posts

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Welcome Guest Blogger - Lesa Holstine

We at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen are delighted to welcome Lesa Holstine as guest blogger today. Lesa runs Lesa's Book Critiques, a blog that focuses on authors and books, with an emphasis on mysteries. We all enjoy reading Lesa's updates and, in fact, her blog is one of our favorites, with a link on this site.

Take it away, Lesa....

When Julie asked me to do a guest blog for Mystery Readers’ Kitchen, I was honored, and then I was horrified. I don’t cook! I’m a baker, and I make a wonderful cherry pie from scratch, but there have already been pie recipes here.

Then I realized I do make something special, and it’s from home. I’m originally from Ohio. I’ve lived in Florida and Arizona, and the only people I knew in both states who made buckeyes were from Ohio. If this isn’t the state candy, it should be. But, first a little history.

The Ohio Buckeye tree is a deciduous tree from the Horsechestnut Family. The Forestry site for the State of Ohio says, “The name “Buckeye” was derived from the Native Americans who noticed that the glossy, chestnut-brown seeds with the lighter circular “eye” looked very similar to the eye of a buck (male) deer.”

They also roasted, peeled and mashed the buckeye nut which they called Hetuck into a nutritional meal. The poisonous and bitter taste can be eliminated by heating and leaching. But, remember, this is a poisonous nut! Some believe that the buckeye relieves rheumatism pain. The symbol of General William Henry Harrison's presidential campaign was a string of buckeyes and a log cabin decorated with raccoon skins. His campaign song called Ohio the bonnie Buckeye state, as a result citizens in Ohio became know as "Buckeyes ." On October 2, 1953 the buckeye tree officially became the state tree.

And, here’s the sports connection. Ohio State teams are known as Buckeyes, and, OSU fans always say buckeyes are poisonous to Michigan Wolverines. (And, of course, Michigan fans say Buckeyes are just a bunch of nuts.)

Naturally, the candy called buckeyes, that look like the nut, are popular throughout the state. And, those of us who love our Ohio State Buckeyes have taken the candy throughout the nation. Now, I have the chance to pass the recipe on to you.

You can find all kinds of recipes for them online. Here’s the one my mother passed on to her daughters (all Ohio State fans).

2 sticks oleo (Some recipes say butter. I find the oleo keeps the peanut butter together better)
1 ½ cup peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar

Mix together and roll into balls and dip in chocolate with a toothpick, leaving a little of the peanut butter showing. Mom melts the chocolate in a double boiler.

Chocolate mixture –
1/3 bar paraffin
1 2/2 c. chocolate chips
½ stick oleo

This gives a nice shiny color to the buckeyes, just like the nut. However, I do these the lazy way because I just can’t keep those peanut butter balls on a toothpick. I refrigerate the dough so it sets, and then roll the dough in balls, and dip them in Baker’s Dipping Chocolate, instead of using the chocolate mixture. They might not be quite as shiny, but the buckeyes are eaten just as quickly!

Serve them on Saturdays at parties during football season.

They also make a wonderful Christmas candy. Or, serve them at Halloween parties.

Who can resist the candy that is better than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

(When I’m not making buckeyes for my husband, I’m blogging at Lesa’s Book Critiques,, where I discuss books, with an emphasis on crime fiction. I hope you stop by!)