Last updated on November 9th, 2019 at 10:04 pm
You can’t eat the buckeye off a buckeye tree, but anyone from Ohio knows the buckeye snack is absolutely amazing!
If you love chocolate and peanut butter you won’t be able to resist this Buckeye Snack Mix. Crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, and so much chocolate and peanut butter!
A buckeye the Ohio State version of that ever popular chocolate coated peanut butter snack… only Ohio State buckeye fans get way more passionate about it. So don’t get them confused or else you risk getting tackled on the 50 yard line.
What is a Buckeye?
If you have never had the snack version of a buckeye, you are totally missing out. Especially if you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter! A Buckeye may be a person that lives in or is from Ohio, but buckeye snacks make a delicious treat from peanut butter fudge and dipped in chocolate. It gets it’s name because it looks like the nut of a buckeye tree.
Don’t eat the nut of a buckeye tree. Unless you are from the State rivals… Actually, don’t even eat a buckeye nut then unless you want a trip to the hospital.
The snack version buckeye is fantastic. You won’t want to share buckeye snacks with any rivals anyway. Because, let’s face it, chocolate and peanut butter is great but even better combined into a buckeye snack mix!
So how do we turn a candy into a snack mix? Read on my friends!!
Just take me to the Buckeye Snack Mix Recipe Already!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix Recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
How do you make Buckeye Candy?
Typically you would start by making the peanut butter fudge center by combining peanut butter, powdered sugar, and butter. This batter is scooped, rolled into balls, chilled in the fridge, and then dipped in chocolate. That sounds like a long process doesn’t it?!?
One of Ohio’s great state treasures doesn’t have to be complicated. I can share a short cut to making delicious buckeye treats.
Instead of all that craziness, what if I showed you how to make a chocolate peanut butter snack mix that tastes like traditional buckeyes but easier, quicker, and with a little crunch too?
You all in?
Are you drooling yet?
I am so let’s get started! You don’t want me drooling buckeye juice all over you do you?
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix Snack
You can’t start a great snack mix without some Chex cereal, and buckeye snacks are no different. Luckily they have a chocolate version so that’s a great place to start. The more chocolate the better so let’s add some more with Cherrios. I found a chocolate version or Cheerios but while I was at the store, I also spotted a chocolate AND peanut butter version too. Even better!
With the Chex and Cheerios in a bowl, I add some peanut butter chips to even out the chocolate to peanut butter ratio. For more crunch, a handful of dry roasted peanuts is perfect and makes it feel like a healthy trail mix version of a buckeye snack. Bonus!
And it wouldn’t be complete without throwing in some mini peanut butter cups for good measure! To finish the Buckeye Snack Mix, a drizzle of chocolate does the trick.
The melted chocolate binds the individual ingredients together so you get different tastes and textures all in one bite. It’s no fun if all the peanuts or mini peanut butter cups fall to the bottom of the snack mix!
You won’t confuse this version of the buckeye snack mix with a nut from a buckeye tree. So don’t worry about eating something poisonous. Just worry about eating too much buckeye snack mix and not having room left over for dinner.
How to make Buckeye Snack Mix
- start with chocolate Chex mix
- add chocolate peanut butter Cherrios cereal
- add peanut butter chips
- add dry roasted peanuts
- and some mini peanut butter cups
- mix and drizzle with melted dark chocolate
This Buckeye Snack Mix can’t be described as gluten free because the chocolate peanut butter Cheerios are not certified GF. If you need a GF version, you can use the plain chocolate flavor of Cherrios. Those are certified.
All the other ingredients I use in this recipe are considered gluten free but of course the snack mix is not peanut free so if you have a peanut allergy, this Buckeye snack mix is not for you.
Other great Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chex & Snack Mix recipes to try!
- Crack Party Chex Mix
- Ultimate Chex Mix
- Peanut Butter Puppy Puppy Chow Mix
- Better than Sex Chex Mix
- Muddy Buddy Bars
- 5 Minute Reeses Snack Mix
- Toffee Chex Mix
- S’mores Puppy Chow
- Samoa Chex Mix
FAQ about Buckeye Snack Mix:
- Q: Is it gluten free?
A: the Chex cereal part is but the Cherrios are not certified gluten free as they are processed in a facility that isn’t gluten free.
- Q: How far in advance can I make this?
A: Buckeye Snack Mix can be made up to 2 weeks in advance, just be sure to store in an air-tight container.
- Q: If I can’t find the mini peanut butter cups what can I use instead?
A: If you can’t find them, I would suggest plain chocolate chips, or small chocolate candy bar pieces.
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Easy Buckeye Chex Mix Recipe
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the Chex cereal, Cheerios cereal, peanut butter chips, dry roasted peanuts, and mini peanut butter cups.
- Stir to combine
- Spread out on a baking sheet into a single layer.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler.
- Drizzle the chocolate over the Buckeye Chex mix getting chocolate on as many pieces as possible.
- Chill for 15 minutes to set chocolate.
- Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1012 Total Fat: 80g Saturated Fat: 32g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 39g Cholesterol: 93mg Sodium: 776mg Carbohydrates: 63g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 29g Protein: 22g
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