I don’t make a large variety of fancy deserts. I have about ten recipes that I know how to make very well (if I must say so myself) and those are the ones I stick to. One of the ten that I really enjoy making is a candy called peanut butter buckeyes. I only make them once a year, for Eid. I have been making them every Eid for about eight years now. It’s become a tradition, and a rather tasty one indeed, Alhumdulilah. Our entire Jumat looks forward to getting their fair share of this once a year treat, and my children and I thoroughly enjoy making them for everyone. 🙂
The recipe that I use is really quite simple:
1 1/2 cups Laura Scudder peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cups unrefined powdered sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips*
Combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in big bowl. Beat the mixture with an electric mixer on low, until completely blended. Next add 2 cups of powdered sugar. I mix this with a wooden spoon because I don’t want to over mix it. Add the additional powdered sugar until the mixture is a bit crumbly. You don’t want it to be too smooth or it won’t make firm balls. Shape into 1-inch balls and stick um’ in the fridge.
Next you melt the chocolate. We use two pots for a makeshift double boiler, which works quite well. Click here for directions on how to do it.
Now this last step is supposed to make the candy resemble a buckeye, but in the past, we’ve done ours a bit different. Instead of Dipping the peanut butter ball into chocolate, we swirl the chocolate over the top with a spoon. You are actually supposed to dip the entire ball into the chocolate, except for a small circle at the top. My daughter is going to do them the regular way this year, inshalah, so they will look more like “buckeyes” for the first time. I’m good either way we do it. No matter how they look, they still taste great! 🙂
We let the chocolate candies get firm in the fridge before taking them out and wrapping them, individually, with Saran Wrap. We use pretty ribbons to tie off the tops. I’d say we usually make over a hundred each year, enough to fill up one basket per household.
*A Few Helpful Tips
-Be sure not to drop any water in your chocolate while melting it in the double boiler! It won’t come out right at all. We learned this the hard way.
-Do not substitute Laura Skutters peanut butter for any other brand that is not all natural. The all natural peanut butter is what makes this such a rich, wholesome, tasty treat. 🙂
*A Word About Fair trade Chocolate
About two years ago, I came across some videos about the atrocities our brothers and sister endure in Africa because of the chocolate trade. I learned that children are being stolen from their homes and made to work as slaves on cocoa farms. These poor children are slaving away to provide us with candy that they themselves have never even seen, let alone tasted. If they try to run away they are beaten and brought back. Some are beat to death for trying to escape. I had never heard of any of this before, but after I found out I decided I wasn’t going to buy non-fair trade chocolate again. This is a personal decision that my children and I have made. I am not trying to push my views on anyone else. I simply would like to spread awareness and encourage others to consider giving up all chocolate that comes from farms that use slaves. Below I have posted the first part of one of the first videos I viewed, along with links to the other parts. There are many others on YouTube if you would like to view more. Also you can research the subject on the net.
If you are interested, you can buy fair trade chocolate at your local health food store. Check out this website for a list of fair trade companies.
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