Melinda’s Buckeyes Candy – Easy and Delicious

by Alli

Buckeyes are always a big hit at our house during the Christmas season! My sister, Melinda, makes the best Buckeyes!

As you all know by now, for years I didn’t get to see my sister as much as I would like to. She lived in Colorado for over 30 years. Thankfully, she recently retired and she and her husband build a new home in GA. I’m in hog heaven. 

When Melinda lived in Colorado, we would text, email, and talk as often as possible. 

Melinda’s Buckeyes Are A Big Hit During the Christmas Season

A few years back, I asked Melinda to share her most requested Christmas candy recipe. You know that one that’s always a given and the kids and hubby go ballistic if it’s accidentally left off the repertoire. She told me that her Buckeyes were always a big hit at her house. So I told her to send me the recipe.

Buckeyes aka peanut butter balls

Before I share Melinda’s recipe, I’ll tell you a little bit more about her. You’ve met her several times through my stories, including here.

My sister, Melinda, hasn’t always lived in Colorado and approximately 1,400 miles from me. She actually met her future husband when she was living in Atlanta. She moved to Atlanta from South Georgia (yes, that is a place) after I had actually lived in Atlanta for a couple of years, got married, and moved away.

When she got engaged, we all thought she would live in Georgia forever. We were wrong! We’re so excited that she’s back in the south! 

What Are Buckeyes? 

Buckeyes are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate to resemble real buckeyes. Real buckeyes are nuts that have a brown shell and a beige eye (and humans shouldn’t eat the real deal). 

Ingredients For Melinda’s Buckeyes (Full Recipe Card At The End Of This Post)

  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • peanut butter
  • vanilla
  • paraffin
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips

Helpful Hint: When I make buckeyes, I don’t use paraffin or chocolate chips. I replace them with a chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik
Melinda's Buckeyes

How Long Will Buckeyes Stay Fresh?

Buckeyes (aka peanut butter balls) will keep for at least two weeks stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Of course, at my house, they never last that long.


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Yield: Approximately 40 Buckeyes

Melinda’s Buckeyes

Melinda's Buckeyes

Melinda's Buckeyes are always a big hit at holiday parties. Buckeyes are peanut butter balls dipped in milk chocolate. Yum!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Β½ cup butter softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar (3-1/2 cups)
  • 1-1/4 cups peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ΒΌ block paraffin
  • 8 oz. chocolate chips
  • Note: If you don't want to use the paraffin, you can replace it and the chocolate chips with 8 oz. chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik.


  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Form into 1" balls and place on a cookie sheet. Chill balls for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt paraffin and chocolate chips together (or skip this step if you are using chocolate candy coating such as Candiquik and melt the chocolate coating according to the instructions on the package.)
  4. Stick a toothpick into a ball and dip into chocolate mixture, coating about ¾ of the ball. Place on wax paper until firm.
  5. These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Let sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 186Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 5mgSodium 98mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 4g

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Daphne November 18, 2013 - 5:57 am

Good Morning Alli, I loved the story about you and your sister, your are obviously very close sisters. The dreams and ideas we have when we are young….. aren’t they lovely.
Thank you to Melinda for sharing her candy recipe, I am looking forward to making these little lovelies. The only think I don’t know, is block paraffin…. what is that and do I need it, could I use just melted cooking chocolate?
Best Wishes

Alli November 18, 2013 - 6:23 am

I don’t use the paraffin. I just use the melting/dipping chocolate (like Candiquik). Paraffin is a block of wax and that’s how it was made years ago. πŸ™‚

Cindy Eikenberg November 18, 2013 - 6:29 am

Alli, your sister’s Buckeye’s look so delicious! I really want to try these! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Alli November 18, 2013 - 6:39 am

Happy Monday to you, too, Cindy!

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog November 18, 2013 - 7:32 am

These look DELICIOUS! And thanks for the fun giveaway, Alli!

~Abby =)

Melinda Snavley November 18, 2013 - 7:36 am

My favorite sister!!!!! Love you girl!!!

Alli November 18, 2013 - 11:44 am

Love you, too! πŸ™‚

Jill P. ( November 18, 2013 - 7:40 am

Aww, love the sister story. I was close to my sister and lost her to cancer 2 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her terribly. You and your sister remind me of my 2 daughters. They are 2 years apart, best friends. One loves kids, the other not so much. She has said she is not going to have any. LOL…… Time will tell! πŸ˜‰ ~ Jill

Alli November 18, 2013 - 11:39 am

I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. I know you miss her and I bet you have some really good memories. Hugs to you! Your daughters sound like a lot of fun! I always said I wasn’t having children, either. Tell your daughter to be careful what she says. She may end up with 5 like I did. πŸ™‚

Trish @ Uncommon Designs November 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Nothing like great recipes and sweet sisters! Thanks for sharing!

Take care,


Shirley @ Intelligent Domestications November 18, 2013 - 9:26 am

Although I do not have a sister, I enjoy observing the sister dynamic in others. These Buckeyes look scrumptious and yummy too! Thanks for sharing. I’m entering to win!!!

Alli November 18, 2013 - 11:29 am

Good luck with the giveaway! Thanks for entering! Sisters are great (we tend to forget the times we fussed and fumed at each other)! πŸ™‚

Michelle November 18, 2013 - 9:45 am

Hi Alli! Like you, I dreamed of heading to the big city to be a super career woman! And here I am in Indiana living the Midwest life. Not so bad!! πŸ™‚

Thanks for sharing your stories about you and your sister! We love Buckeye’s too! I usually dip the entire treat, but I really like the way you’ve only dipped a portion of it. I will definitely try that next time I make them, which will be very soon!

Have a great week!

Alli November 18, 2013 - 11:25 am

And I’m in South Carolina! πŸ™‚

Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 18, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Hi Alli! I love your sister’s Buckeyes. I’m going to try to make those. I like that I can make them ahead of time. πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!

Mica Izzard November 18, 2013 - 1:52 pm

I tasted them a couple of weeks ago. They are delicious! So smooth and creamy!

Mica Izzard November 18, 2013 - 1:52 pm

I tasted them a couple of weeks ago. They are delicious! So smooth and creamy!

Tiff November 18, 2013 - 2:34 pm

They look DELISH! Sisterly love is beautiful and awesome. πŸ™‚

jessica blackwell Jay bee November 18, 2013 - 2:40 pm

I’m country so I just call these good old fashion peanut butter balls lol. This is very similar to my husbands memaws recipe that I use it calls for paraffin wax too. I shave just a little in. some people use a little crisco in theirs Id like to try that too.

Alli November 18, 2013 - 5:49 pm

I think we call them that half the time, too. This recipe is probably in every home in the south. πŸ™‚

Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 18, 2013 - 3:30 pm

What a great post of you and your sister πŸ™‚ I LOVE Buckeyes, and these are SO PRETTY! Mine never turn out so beautiful LOL

Alli November 18, 2013 - 5:48 pm

I like that they are so easy to make, especially using CandiQuik.

Leah Hostetler November 18, 2013 - 4:59 pm

These look fabulous Alli!! Sadly my hubby doesn’t like peanut butter πŸ™

Alli November 18, 2013 - 5:47 pm

What? Who doesn’t like peanut butter? Just kidding. Peanut Butter and Chocolate is a match made in heaven (in my humble opinion). πŸ™‚

Jess November 18, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Being from Ohio, of course I love these, but have never made them! πŸ™‚ I pinned this!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Kimberly Leverett Osburn November 19, 2013 - 12:27 am

Hey Alli,
Thanks for sharing your sister’s Buckeye recipe and the chance to win. I don’t have a sister, but I do have lots of girl cousins and a bestest friend for over 41 years so lots of female role models to look up to. <3 ya Kim

Alli November 19, 2013 - 4:24 am

Kim, thanks so much for sharing my link on G+ – so, so sweet!

Shannah @ Just Us Four November 19, 2013 - 8:21 am

Oh my gosh, these so remind me of my childhood. My grandma made them every holiday season. Yummy!

Evelyn @ My Turn for us November 20, 2013 - 7:15 am

Thanks for offering a great giveaway!


Alli November 20, 2013 - 10:36 am

Good Luck!

Mellie November 20, 2013 - 8:58 am

Yum, love Buckeyes! Thanks for sharing this, and thanks to your sister too!

Alli November 20, 2013 - 10:36 am

You’re welcome!

Mel November 21, 2013 - 7:25 am

My kids would think she was the best baby sitter ever if she served them, yum! Pinned

marcia howington November 23, 2013 - 10:02 am

Thanks Melinda for the know my family is going to love them this holiday ya and miss ya…..
Melinda is a wonderful lady and friend..miss those crazy days at MRES…

Alli November 24, 2013 - 4:43 am

Melinda is the best! I just wished we lived closer to each other. But we text and talk all the time. And any friend of hers is a friend to mine! πŸ™‚

Joyce November 23, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Just wanted to say I loved the story of you and your sister. Reminds me so much of me and mine. I only have one. But she’s the next Best thing to Mama, and she’s always there when I need her. She loves to bake (not me). So I will be giving her this recipe to make for US, lol

Alli November 24, 2013 - 4:42 am

Sisters are the best, aren’t they?

Joyce December 22, 2013 - 12:39 am

yes they are!!

Renew Your Space November 23, 2013 - 11:37 pm

That is so nice that you and your sister are so close. And how amazing you have 5 kids now – woo! πŸ™‚ ~Renee

Judith at WholeHearted Home December 6, 2013 - 11:51 am

Those actually look waay too be true!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

Alli December 6, 2013 - 4:19 pm

I was so pleased at how they turned out! I’m making them again for a big party next week for our Girlfriends group.

Alex October 29, 2015 - 12:04 pm

I love buckeyes, but have never made them!!! I am so going to try this & am extremely excited about it. Thanks so much for the recipe!! <3

Jaime Nicole October 29, 2015 - 4:08 pm

I have never heard them called buckeyes, but I love the flavors! These are so delicious and I am definitely going to whip up some of these in the next few weeks.

Sandy KS October 29, 2015 - 5:33 pm

I love making and eating Buckeyes. Being born, growing up, and raising kids in Ohio, making Buckeyes are a sweet treat to be made every Christmas holiday. not gonna lie, I make these all year long.

Liz Mays October 29, 2015 - 5:55 pm

It’s really cool how you guys planned to work with each other! These buckeyes look scrumptious by the way!

Terri Beavers October 29, 2015 - 6:47 pm

I keep up with my sisters and all of my family on facebook, it’s a great way for us all to stay connected. I’ve got to try Melinda’s buckeyes recipe and send your post link to my youngest daughter. She loves these so much.

Adriana October 30, 2015 - 12:49 am

My sister and I do that SO much …and we live together ha!! Nothing like a sisterly relationship : ) I love this recipe! I’m sharing it as we speak and am so going to make them! Great for the holidays and to give as favors, etc! : )
xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

Dina Demarest October 30, 2015 - 1:48 am

The love between sisters is so amazing. I love buckeyes and yours look so good. I am really craving them now!

mimi October 30, 2015 - 8:43 am

First, let me say texting is my absolute favorite form of communication. I do not have a desire to talk on the phone at all!

Sisters are the best, I don’t have any biological but I have some girlfriends that have crossed the line into sisterhood and those daily texts and calls are the best. My children love to help make recipes and these seem easy enough for little hands to help with. We’ll add these to our Christmas dessert list!

Rebecca Swenor October 30, 2015 - 9:48 am

These candies are one of my favorite and my family’s during this time of year. I have not made them yet but this year I will for sure. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Donna Ward October 30, 2015 - 10:41 pm

What a fun story – and talked about being an entrepreneur early on – and I also didn’t like kids when I was little, but I had a small baby (and I loved the babies) sitting service that I enjoyed:)

As I also just love your recipe! Wow – yummy and a savory saver for me – Thank you

Brooke October 31, 2015 - 1:05 am

Those Buckeyes look divine. I might try and make them for thanksgiving this year. I also try and tell funny catchy stories with some of my recipes. Loved this post and looking forward to more like it. I used to live in Atlanta and did move to NYC. I stayed north and now have an 1820 farmhouse 1 hr outside of The Big Apple.


michele d October 31, 2015 - 9:47 am

Seems like a awesome little treat to make for the kids. Gotta try it out because we love anything sweet.

Chantal October 31, 2015 - 12:05 pm

I absolutely love buckeyes! I make these usually around Christmas time but I must admit yours look MUCH prettier than mine ever do!

Reichel October 31, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Cute story πŸ™‚ It sounds like you two got along great when you were younger! Okay so that’s a great recipe. Our family has traditional Christmas cookies too. There are three usual suspects that we have every year. BUT I’m always looking for new ones to try out. This might have to be the one! It looks super tasty.

Yona Williams November 1, 2015 - 11:23 am

The Buckeyes really look appetizing – they make you want to pop them in your mouth. My nephew loves peanut butter – he’d like these.

becka November 3, 2015 - 9:09 am

I love the family shot. Such a great idea. These look so tasty. I am going to have to try them out!

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:50 am

I love their family shot, too. I do miss my sister. She lives in CO and I’m in SC. We did get to see each other last month.


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