Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe Without Paraffin Wax

Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by Ellen Christian

I promise you will love this Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe without paraffin wax. Learn how to make the best Buckeye candy recipe ever! 

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Each year for the holidays, I make Buckeye candies. These candies have peanut butter & confectioners sugar center and are dipped in chocolate. They are very easy to make, they taste delicious, and they are gluten-free! If you’re looking for a buckeye recipe with paraffin wax, scroll to the end.

Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe

If you’ve never heard of Buckeye candies, they are named after the Ohio Buckeye which is a species of tree that is the Ohio state tree. The fruit (nut) of the tree resembles the eye of a buck, hence Buckeye. These candies look similar to the Buckeye fruit they are named after.

You may have come across an Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe with paraffin wax in your search. Some people use paraffin wax in the chocolate coating instead of vegetable shortening.

You can really use either one. I would rather use vegetable shortening than eat paraffin wax personally. You can make them either way.

What you’ll need to make this Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe

Wax Paper – You’ll want to set the candy on wax paper after you’ve dipped it so it doesn’t stick to the surface it’s on. I buy the unbleached kind because it’s better for the environment.

Toothpicks – To dip the Buckeyes, you’ll want to use toothpicks to keep your fingers clean and the chocolate surface smooth. You could also use lollipop sticks and serve them like cake pops.

Double boiler – It is so much easier to melt the chocolate in a double boiler than it is in a microwave. It results in nice, smooth chocolate that’s easier to dip in.

Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe Without Paraffin Wax

These are really tasty. They make great gifts. You can place each one in a mini muffin paper if you want to dress them up a bit. This really is the best Buckeye recipe I’ve tried. 

Ohio Buckeye candy recipe tips

This peanut butter buckeyes recipe can be doubled or halved if you want to make more or less of these candies. They make a great gift idea for the holidays, so when I make them I usually make a large batch.

I’ve even offered buckeye candy for sale when I did my craft fairs years ago. If you want to buy buckeye candy rather than make them, you get them here.

How long do buckeyes last?

This buckeye candy recipe without paraffin wax will last about two weeks. Because it uses shortening, you will want to store it in the refrigerator if the weather or your home is warm.

If you make a buckeye candy recipe with paraffin wax, you may be able to store it at room temperature.  But, they should be eaten within two weeks.

Two Christmas tins filled with chocolate candy

How long can you freeze Buckeye candy?

I honestly never have enough left over to freeze or to even make the two-week storage mark. These are so good that we eat them within just a few days. But, if you want to freeze your Buckeye candy, make sure that they are in a freezer-proof storage container or freezer bags. And, eat them within two months.

You could always make these up in advance of Christmas so the holidays aren’t quite so hectic. Then when it gets closer, one of your gifts will already be completed.

Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe without Paraffin Wax

Other Buckeye candy recipes

Up until a few years ago, I had no idea that there were other Buckeye recipes besides this Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe without paraffin wax (or with). But, there’s a whole world of Buckey recipes out there that you can try.

You might enjoy the Buckeye cookies that Chef in Training made. You can get the recipe here. Or, why not try making this buckeye recipe with rice krispies as Cakes Cottage did. You can see how to make it here.

Other candy recipes

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe | Homemade Christmas Gifts

Other peanut butter recipes

So, if you want to make this recipe with paraffin wax, just try this recipe. These candies are a delicious treat that any chocolate and peanut butter lover will appreciate.

If you have a chance to make these, I would love to know which variety is your favorite?

Yield: 24

Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe

Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe without Paraffin Wax

Try this Ohio Buckeye Candy recipe without paraffin wax as a delicious holiday treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 1 stick softened butter
  • About 1 lb. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • About 1 3/4 c. (1 18 oz. jar) creamy peanut butter


  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening


  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and vanilla together, adding confectioners' sugar until proper consistency is reached.
  2. Roll candy into 1-inch balls and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
  3. Melt chips and shortening together in the top of double boiler.
  4. Keep the chocolate mixture in double boiler over low heat while you dip each candy.
  5. Using a toothpick, dip each ball, covering about 3/4 of candy.
  6. Place candy on a sheet to cool.
  7. If you like, you can insert a lollipop stick into each like a cake pop.


You can freeze this homemade candy recipe for up to two months.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 0gSugar: 39gProtein: 1g

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3 thoughts on “Ohio Buckeye Candy Recipe Without Paraffin Wax”

  1. If per chance I’ll make a double recipe of my peanut butter balls do I Also double the paraffin wax as well? Thank you, Dale Redding

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