Fern Hicks and Charlene Hicks Sparks

From the Kitchen of Fern Hicks and Charlene Hicks Sparks

My mom was a great cook.  She loved to cook for the entire family and we had some really great food traditions.  One of my favorite dishes mom made was her holiday Buckeyes, a great snack to pop in your mouth to curb the hunger beast.

Most of my mom’s recipes came from her mother.  I remember, every time I visited my grandmother a sa kid, she would bake or cook one of the “Hicks Family Traditional Meals” for us all.

Most people in the south have no idea what a Buckeye is.  They are so-named because, when complete, they look like the eye of a deer or a buck.  Also, of course, my entire family on my mom’s side is from Ohio.

Mom always made buckeyes for the holidays.  They are filled with peanut-butter and chocolate yummy goodness and I thought I’d share the recipe with you all.

Two years ago, when I was just beginning my cancer battle, my mom sat down with my wife, Carey, and taught her how to make her buckeyes.  I could barely stand, the chemo and radiation had me so weakened, but I stood in that kitchen with my mom and made the buckeyes for two hours straight.

In honor of my mother, and her mother, I present to you their recipe for Buckeyes.


  • 1 lb. margarine
  • 2 lbs. peanut butter (creamy)
  • 3 boxes confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 bar paraffin wax

Step 1:  Let margarine and peanut butter soften.  Mix margarine, peanut butter, and confection’s sugar and form into one inch balls.

Step 2:  Melt 2 – 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bits over water with 1/2 – 1/3 bar of paraffin wax. (Tip melt paraffin wax first and then add chocolate.

Step 3:  Stick a toothpick in each ball and dip in melted chocolate. Remove toothpick as you place on waxed paper.  Refrigerate several hours until firm.

Yields: 100-150 balls



2 Responses to “From the Kitchen of Fern Hicks and Charlene Hicks Sparks”

  1. I used to love these. The only problem is that I’m allergic to the wax. So, I just itched alot as I continued to eat them.

  2. Gee, I’m a little late on this but want to tell JD you can make them with out the wax but you need to keep them cool at all times so the choclate doesn’t melt, I only know this from a time I wasn’t ablre to get out to get the wax during a christmas snow storm. The buckeye candy’s are called buckeye’s because you leave a little of the peanutbutter showing and that makes them look like the seed from a Buckeye Tree after taking it out of the pod..

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