If you’re not a fan of anything overly cute and precocious, look away and come back tomorrow. Still here? Good! Let me introduce you to another of my simple and effective creation. It definitely falls under the why-did-I-not-think-of-it-sooner category.
Let me present you Nutella Buckeyes!
I’m so proud of myself.
The buckeye recipe in BAKED Explorations has been on my to-cook list as soon as the book arrived (you can find smitten kitchen’s adaptation here with recipe). With World Nutella Day and Valentine’s Day both in February, there’s no better time for me to tackle this confection. My interpretation is very close to the original. The peanut butter is replaced by same amount of Nutella. With the cocoa content of Nutella, the candies are brown instead of beige. For a nicer contrast, I coated the candies with white chocolate tinted pink instead of dark chocolate. There you have it, Nutella buckeyes worthy of the sweetest Valentine!
Although the cookbook and smitten kitchen both recommended using skewer to assist with dipping, it did not work for me. My lone attempt resulted in a crumbled ball that (sadly, not) went right into my mouth to cover the evidence. The classic chocolate dipping fork worked like a charm. I really appreciate the addition of graham cracker crumbs and cream cheese in BAKED’s version of this classic treat. It still tastes sweet and rich yet not the sugar bomb of the more tradition versions. I portioned mine with a tiny cookie scoop so each candy is 2 tsp in size. My batch yielded 68 pieces in total. That’s a lot of buckeyes. Hope you have plans to share because the diminutive size makes them so addictive to pop in the mouth one after another. Dangerous!
One small quibble is that these candies need to be stored in the fridge. So if you’re thinking of packing them into gifts, keep this in mind. As for the paper candy cups, they are not necessary obviously but they make it so much easier to move the candies around. Plus they hide the “feet” of chocolate that pooled at the bottom. Since brown is a great match for many pastel colours, I can imagine this would make adorable wedding/shower favours or a nice addition to dessert buffet.
Will you be my Valentine? I have Nutella buckeyes to share!
This second part of my World Nutella Day contribution is a day late but better late than never. The first part is Nutella Pudding Icebox Cake, an easy crowd-pleaser. Big thanks go to Ms Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso for this great event!
For more Nutella treats at Dessert By Candy, check out:
- Nutella Pudding Icebox Cake
- Nutella Scones
- Nutella Banoffee Cream Pie
- Nutella Tartlets
- Homemade Nutella
- Chewy Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Black Forest Filling
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake
- Nutella Tartine
- Nutella Kuchen with Seville Orange Marmalade
For a scarier take on buckeyes, check out these lizard’s eyeballs!