Friday Food : Candy Buckeyes

***12/22/2012***

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and/or spread the word. Our lucky winner is Crystal of Eat*Drink*Cleveland!

I mention it now and again, I live in the grand state of OHIO. Meaning, I grew up knowing about OSU and more importantly about buckeyes. Sometimes buckeyes were students or athletes, sometimes they were funny looking nuts from a tree, but most of the time they were an amazing peanut butter and chocolate treat.

Candy BuckeyesToday’s Friday Food is special, because I have opted to partner with Unilever Spreads to share information, a challenge, and a giveaway with you! I’m going to present the information first, then we’ll get to the recipe, OK?

I was first exposed to Unilever when I attended FitBloggin’ in September. On our final night they tempted us with wonderful treats, side dishes, and appetizers made with butter substitute spreads. Growing up I didn’t think my meal was complete until I had my Country Pride bread and Country Crock butter. Needless to say I was insanely saddened when we arrived late from dinner and all the samples were gone!

A few weeks back, I was contacted by a representative for Unilever spreads, asking if I would help share information about the Good to Know campaign, including revamping a recipe using one of their several spreads, and hosting a giveaway for a baking kit. OF COURSE I said “yes!”

The Good to Know baking set includes (and is pictured in use above):

  • ·         Silpat® baking sheet liner
  • ·         Steel Cooling Rack
  • ·         Nonstick cookie sheet
  • ·         Stainless steel cookie scoop
  • ·         $10 gift card to purchase your Unilever spread of choice and ingredients

Want MORE than the baking kit? Well Unilever has a site going for Making Life Better and back on Nov 19th they kicked off Confection Perfection. Confection Perfection provides daily recipes and tips for all the bakers out there, as well as the DAILY chance to win a KitchenAid stand-mixer. Yep. They’re giving away 31 stand-mixers, just for being subscribed to their beautiful and helpful holiday newsletter.

Unilever knows there are many misconceptions about soft spreads, so as part of the Good to Know initiative, they set out to dispel the myths and share the facts.

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With a wide variety of soft spreads, including Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Promise, Brummel & Brown, and Imperial – they have a spread for you.  Best of all, they can say ALL of their spreads are Good to Know because they:·

  • Have 0g trans fat per serving
  • Contain no partially hydrogenated oils
  • Have no cholesterol
  • ·Are 70% less fat than butter per serving
  • Have 30% fewer calories than butter per serving

Unilever spreads challenged me (and I present the same challenge to YOU) to trade out my typical butter for one of their spreads. See how easy it is to use, and how delicious the final product will be.

Now, I believe in 100% disclosure and full honesty, so I have to tell you. In all my excitement to be a part of their campaign, I forgot to investigate if I can use their products. Sadly, I found all the Good to Know items I came across contained palm or palm kernel oil. Those items alone a not evil, I just happen to have an allergy, I am comfortable saying I support the company and product, even if I can’t use it in this situation.

I made a collection of candy buckeyes for my coworkers. As is custom with most treats, they were GONE in a matter of hours. Everyone raved about how wonderful they were and those I asked claimed they never would have known is wasn’t “real” butter. I bought Country Crock sticks for old times sake and could not believe they were 50-60% cheaper than the brand of butter I normally buy!  They were SO easy to work with, not a single issue in the mixing/baking process. And obviously not a single issue in the consuming process either!

Candy Buckeyes

Buckeye Candy

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup choice Unilever Spread (I used Country Crock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. I used my KitchenAid stand-mixer with the flat paddle attachment.
  2. Using your new cookie scoop! Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on the Silpat and cookie sheet. If you don’t have enough Silpats and cookie sheets, buy more! Kidding. Use a sheet lined with parchment paper or stonewear.
  3. Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. When ready, melt chocolate chips. Hopefully you have a double boiler or other fancy device. I don’t. I have a microwave, spoon and patience. It will work, just be careful Use 30 second increments and don’t rush it.
  5. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. If pb balls become too warm the chocolate will NOT stick and you will end up with a cup full of mess. I would suggest removing in smaller batches to dip.
  6. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Comments & Photos:

I bet you’re all wondering 1 thing and 1 thing only. Why didn’t I use my cooling rack? Well, I DID. I used this kit to prepare my many swaps of Cherry Limeade Sugar Cookies too!

OK, that isn’t what you’re wondering. You want to know how to score your own SWEET kit? EASY.

Leave me a comment letting me know what recipe you would revamp with Unilever spreads. Ends 12/21/12, winner’s kit to be shipped 12/26/12.

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50 thoughts on “Friday Food : Candy Buckeyes

  1. Hmmm….I would revamp all of my cookie recipes. Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, 7 layer cookie bars. In fact, I will! Thanks for the review. Very insightful.

    • I just learned about pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this year. I’ll admit it was from watching Bunheads on ABC Family. Haha. They’re so easy and fun to make.

  2. I love peanut butter buckeyes but have never made them so that is one recipe I would try with the swap out. Another one that would be fun to try out is a peanut butter monster cookie that I make…the oatmeal makes it healthy, right?!?!? Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    • Oh sure. And think about it, chocolate can have milk (diary) and all those antioxidants. Pizza is full of veggies at times. I’m really good at finding the healthy. Hmm new blog idea? Haha

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