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Simple, delicious Buckeye candy recipe from (614) Magazine managing editor

Laura Dachenbach

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Before I was old enough to study Ohio history in the fourth grade, I learned to make buckeyes. I have used one, consistent, simple recipe that has produced what I believe (for my general cooking and baking skills) is a quality product.

I have found that despite their simplicity, buckeyes tend to pose a lot of issues for those making them. The buckeyes turn out too sweet, too hard, or just plain weird. I suppose there is a small bit of science to making these things. So if you don’t mind lowering your culinary standards and raising your glycemic index a bit, roll up your sleeves and get ready to experiment.

The Best Damn Buckeye Recipe in the Land: your definitive guide to making buckeye candy.

You will need:

Peanut butter
Some butter-like spread
Confectioner’s sugar
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
A couple of other things I’ll mention later.

STEP 1: The first step in which you are likely to make a mistake is choosing peanut butter—because you care about quality. Do not make this mistake. Get yourself some nice, processed, run-of-the-mill peanut butter. I recommend Jif. For butter-like spread, I recommend Country Crock. Avoid anything that says “whipped” or “sea salt” or “olive oil” on the container, or comes wrapped as a stick. They just will not yield the correct texture.

Mix these two ingredients in a 1 unit of spread to 2 units of peanut butter ratio until they are indistinguishable from each other. (I have used this method to make all of three buckeyes at one time.) It is convenient that you can often find these two ingredients already packaged in a close 1:2 ratio. It’s all a matter of how many you want to make.

Photos; Brian Kaiser

STEP 2: Have yourself an ample supply of confectioner’s sugar on hand and gradually blend it into the peanut butter/spread mixture. If you care deeply about what your buckeyes will look like, sift in the sugar. If you don’t, just dump it in. Try about a half a cup at a time.

After quite a few cups, you will notice that your arm hurts. You can stop for a while, but you need to mix in enough sugar so that the consistency of the mixture is like cookie dough (at room temperature). You will find that this process always seems to require a somewhat different amount of sugar each time you mix it. Do a taste test now. You want to avoid overly sweet, crumbly, or sticky. Moderately greasy to the touch is what you’re going for. If for some reason you have overdone it on the sugar, add in another batch of peanut butter/spread mix until you get the correct consistency.

STEP 3: Take a regular spoon and clean hands and roll a little less than a spoonful into a little ball, about the size of a buckeye, which is smaller than a ping pong ball and larger than a gumdrop. If you have a melon baller, it will help. Place your rolled buckeyes on a cookie sheet or in a baking pan and stick them in the freezer for at least thirty minutes.

STEP 4: Make yourself a double boiler from a pot and a metal bowl that will fit snugly inside it. Fill the bottom of the pot with water, put the bowl on top, and put both on the stovetop with the heat on low. Start gradually melting your chocolate chips. Do not be tempted to use milk chocolate chips, even if you love milk chocolate. Do not be tempted to use dark chocolate, even if you think it’s healthier. (What about this recipe has been healthy so far?)

As you slowly stir your chips to make sure they don’t burn, you will need to add a few small chunks of para n, about an ounce for every 12 ounces of chips. I’m sure I will lose a few of you at this point, but I assure you this is a good and right thing which is used frequently in candymaking. The high fat content of the buckeye will eventually leach into the chocolate coating, turning your beautiful confections (and your clothes) into mini disasters of smeared chocolate. Fortunately, parafin is hard at room temperature, and assures your chocolate will be too.

STEP 5: When your chocolate is smooth (parafin helps with that too), remove your ready-to-dip buckeyes from the freezer a few at a time to prevent them from thawing. Find something to spear your buckeyes with: a skewer, toothpicks, an unbent jumbo paper clip, and start dipping. Obviously, you leave the top exposed to create the appearance of the tree nut. Have a sheet of aluminum foil (or parchment paper) ready to put your dipped buckeyes on. (They’ll drip a lot, so keep it close.) Your buckeyes are ready when they easily peel away from the foil.

And that’s it. After you’ve cleaned up and made yourself an aluminum foil hat, you can freeze your buckeyes for damn near eternity, take them to a tailgate, or feed them to your friends from California who will pretend to not like them. And enjoy. They’re a state treasure, now in your kitchen and you should be proud.

This recipe has been approved by the 614 office staff for general tailgating, party, and stress relief use.

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Five places to snag a donut today

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Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist

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Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday

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Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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