My husband’s grandmother, Wave, was renowned for her Buckeyes candy. During my first Christmas with my in-laws, my mother-in-law passed the recipe down to one of her other daughter-in-laws. When said daughter-in-law opened up the recipe card, she danced around with the note-card drooling all over it.
At first I thought it was a winning lottery ticket and I was jealous. Then I realized it was just a recipe. At that time I was young and I hated to cook so the recipe seemed like a silly gift to me. I was actually glad that I didn’t get it because I knew that the recipe and the responsibility of making Buckeyes each year for Christmas was being passed down and the last thing I wanted as a gift...was a chore.
We moved shortly after that Christmas and by the time we attended another one of hubby’s family Christmas’s we knew our son had a peanut allergy. We steered clear of the Buckeyes that season (and every season since) and I all but forgot about the candy.
However, last month I received a newsletter from Kids With Food Allergies. In the newsletter was a recipe for Buckeyes. The recipe switched out the peanut butter for Sunbutter. I remembered my husband said that he had liked Buckeyes so I thought I would give the recipe a try.
I made them for a Super Bowl party we were invited to. I whipped them up and had my husband try one.
The verdict?? He actually moaned and said they tasted like nutty contraband. So I popped one in my mouth and suddenly I understood my sister-in-law’s enthusiasm (although I’m way too cool to dance around over food). They were delicious and easy to make.
My son loved them too and renamed them Sun Spots. We served them to unsuspecting guests at our neighbors house and no one could tell that they were made with Sunbutter. They gobbled them all up. One woman even wrote down the name “Sunbutter” after our big ingredient reveal, stating that she was going to try it with all the trouble peanut butter is in right now.
Here’s the recipe - Enjoy!
1/2 Cup of Creamy Sunbutter
3 Tablespoons of softened butter or margarine
1 cup of sifted powdered sugar
1 cup of chocolate chips
Stir together Sunbutter and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until well combined. Roll into balls (I filled a teaspoon measuring spoon to keep the size uniform and it made the perfect bite). Place on wax paper and put in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Microwave chocolate chips for 30 second intervals until melted (about one minute).
Dip chilled Sunbutter mixture in the chocolate (I used a slotted spoon) and return to wax paper. Chill for about an hour and devour!