***UPDATE 10/23/16- I did an updated post with better descriptions as well as a printable PDF button. Please check it out at: “Halloween Buck’eyes’“.
Last year, I made a giant edible Halloween Landscape that was fabulous! It consisted of a chocolate brownie castle, red velvet & dark chocolate cake bites made into spiders, strawberry and white chocolate cream cheese mummies, peanut butter white chocolate ‘ghosts,’ and the buck”eyes” below.
Guess what disappeared the fastest? Yep, the buckeyes. And they were the easiest to make!
For more labels like the one in the “buckeye lake” below, check out the post “Free Printable Halloween Labels: Multiple Sizes, Multiple Designs.”
1 lb. smooth peanut butter
2 sticks butter, unsalted
1 & 1/2 lbs. powdered sugar
2 bags vanilla candy melts
1 medium bag M&M’s
Red food dye
Small paintbrush/decorating tool
1. Mix the peanut butter, butter, and sugar together. Mixture will be crumbly (like PlayDough).
2. Roll into 1” balls. Place on waxed paper & place in refrigerator overnight.
3. To dip: Melt the chocolate. A microwave works perfectly fine, you don’t need a double-boiler. Heat for 30 sec. at 50% power. Stir well. Even if nothing looks melted, stir the wafers.
-Continue to heat at 30 second increments, always 50% power, until chocolate melted. Stir well between each heating cycle. Feel free to stir and let it sit a minute or so, then stir even more. You would not believe how much the chocolate will melt as you stir (as the heat gets distributed). Always error on the side of waiting a bit before another heating cycle. Your bowl should never be too hot to touch with your bare hands.
-After the chocolate is mostly melted, dump in another handful of wafers. Stir them in, using the heat already in the chocolate and bowl to melt them. Keep stirring…they will melt. If necessary, heat 10 seconds at 50% power.
Note: Do NOT overheat. It is a bit counter-intuitive: normally if you heat something up, it becomes runnier. However, with this, if you heat it too long, it scorches, clumps, and becomes less runny. Chocolate scorches very easily.
4. Poke a toothpick into chilled peanut butter/butter/powdered sugar balls. Dip into melted chocolate. Place onto waxed paper. Using a second toothpick, gently remove original toothpick from peanut butter ball. Drizzle a *tiny* bit of chocolate onto top. Gently push an M&M into top. Let set.
5. Repeat with all remaining.
6. After set, gently trim any excess around the bottom of the dipped peanut butter ball. Smooth with edge of toothpick or finger if a bit rough.
7. Using fine toothbrush, drizzle red dye onto balls and make veins. A “brush” motion actually leaves it too thin (it turns pink), drizzling works better. Doesn’t need to be perfectly neat.
(Moving from this point forward, be very careful. The red dye doesn’t really dry, it sticks to fingers & smears.)
Very last step- it’s very important!– set aside a few for yourself (hide them!) because these buck”eyes” do their own Halloween trick and disappear quickly.