Buckeyes are a favorite dessert as they combine the childhood sweet treat of peanut butter with the always delicious taste of chocolate. The contrast of the chocolate covering with the brown peanut butter tone makes it resemble the seed or nut of the Buckeye tree, from where it gets its name.
The Buckeye tree also happens to be the state tree of Ohio, where this dessert is very popular. Recipes for buckeyes now abound as people will all have their take on this favorite sweet treat. Nevertheless, the basic ingredients remain the same; peanut butter for the filling and good ole chocolate for the covering. To keep the chocolate nice and shiny, recipes for buckeyes usually add shortening to the melted chocolate. The oil the shortening gives the sheen to the covering even when the chocolate has set.