Buckeye Bark

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Buckeye Bark-the amazing flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter without all the work!

Buckeye Bark-the amazing flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter without all the work!

I mentioned a few days ago on Facebook that I was playing with melted chocolate again. I just can’t help myself sometimes. It’s just too easy to whip up a fabulous treat.

Buckeye Bark-the amazing flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter without all the work!

My son is the Buckeye maker in our house. It’s his thing. No one else is allowed to make them. But he’s been slack. Things like school, friends, the XBox, have been monopolizing his time.

I’ve given him the love of creating in the kitchen. I don’t want to take it away by making “his thing.”

So what’s a mom do do when searching through the cabinets, I spy the peanut butter just sitting at the front of the shelf?

I improvise!

Buckeye Bark-the amazing flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter without all the work!

Don’t tell my son, but this may just be better than his Buckeyes!

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Buckeye Bark

Buckeye Bark


  • 1 package candy making chocolate almond bark
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Pour half of melted chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a spatula, spread chocolate to create a large chocolate slab. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to solidify.
  2. Mix together peanut butter and vanilla then stir in powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Spread peanut butter mixture over chilled chocolate slab to cover entirely.
  4. Pour remaining melted chocolate over top of peanut butter layer. Carefully spread to edges to completely cover peanut butter.
  5. Return to freezer for 5-10 minutes to set top layer of chocolate. Cut Bark into desired sized pieces and enjoy.
  6. Store in an air tight container. No need to refrigerate unless in a warm climate.


Chocolate almond bark comes in a variety of package sizes, usually 16-20 ounces depending on brand. Both will work fine with this recipe. recipe source ChocolateChocolateandmore.com


Buckeye Bark-the amazing flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter without all the work!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I have a big bowl of buckeye dough sitting in the fridge because I don’t have the time to roll it out! I’m thinking I should just make this bark! Holy cow, it looks delicious Joan! Pinning!

  2. These look great! What a fun new way to make buckeyes. My dad loves bark and pb and chocolate. He would love me even more if I made him these for the holidays 🙂

  3. These look great and I am not a big fan of peanut butter. Mt oldest son loves it though! Could you use chocolate chips? Is the bark different from the candy melts I dip my cake pops in?

    • Chocolate bark and Candy melts are the same thing, both tempered for candy making so either would work fine. I’d try not to use chocolate chips as those don’t harden back up liike a candy bar and would have to be kept refrigerated.

      • DEBBIE LOTT says:


  4. Ohhhh Joan!! ♥♥

  5. I was wondering the same thing. I do not have any of that kind of chocolate.

  6. There is an epic argument with no end going on between me and Michael–he (and most of his family) think Buckeyes are cookies (he also thinks brownies and rice krispie treats are cookies…but I digress) and I’m like THEY’RE CANDY.

    yeah. anyway. I love em. and this bark is awesome, love that it’s so simple and easy!

  7. Yum!! Can’t go wrong with this recipe!

  8. This is just pure perfection and heaven to me! I love that creamy peanut butter coming out the side!

  9. Looks delish! What size pan do you recommend? Also, I too have chocolate chips. As Kelli asked above, can I use these instead of the bark chocolate?


    • I just use a large cookie sheet, I don’t spread all the way to the edges just to the thickness I want. You can use chocolate chips but they won’t harden up like chocolate bark or candy melts will so you might need to keep your finished bark in the refrigerator to keep it hard.

  10. Can I use chocolate chips? Also, what about natural peanut butter?

    • Hi Sheryl, you can use chocolate chips but you’ll probably have to keep the bark refrigerated or the chocolate will get melty. Chocolate bark and Candy melts are tempered to harden back up like a candy bar after melting. As for the natural peanut butter, sure you can. i’d add the powdered sugar about 1/2 a cup then see if you need more since natural peanut butter is usually thicker than brands like Jif and Skippy.

  11. Love this! Gonna make it for Christmas!

  12. oh, Y.U.M. thanks for the brilliant idea!

  13. wow…does this look amazing! I love buckeyes…what’s not to love? and of course, being from Ohio, it’s kind of a requirement. 🙂

  14. I can vividly remember my grandmother making buckeyes each year during the holidays. LOVE! I adore your simple bark version. I know at first taste, memories would coming flooding back. Yum!

  15. What the what?! You are a genius because making real buckeyes is too much work 😉

  16. My goodness, this looks good. I drooled a little more with each picture, too.

  17. fiddlestickchic says:

    Going to try this recipe for St Nick’s tonight ( being of German descent we most certainly celebrate it here!) Usually you hang your stocking on the eve of Dec 5th and if you have been VERY good, you get chocolates, an orange or tangerine, an apple, some nuts to crack and perhaps a small gift,,this is for my DH( he will get his favorite CD also) and the kids that live in town here,,,,,,,I was wondering, how would this travel, mailing from a cold state ( WIsconsin) to an even colder state ( Michigan) , our temps have been 30’s and low 20s at night and heaven knows WHAT upper Michigan has been,,,,at times, below zero ( already! which is unusual even for them) Just wondering if I could safely send some in a tin to them in December,,,thanks! Now I am off to the store to get my ingredients and then I will look for a chocolate that tastes like a Mounds bar used to taste ( back when I indulged occasionally, I have been walking many miles per day now so I want to keep weight OFF!) thank you OH so very much!

  18. Fran Rushing says:

    I just made your recipe today, and the peanut butter just never sets up. It keeps on oozing out of the chocolate layers, even after refrigeration. Perhaps an additional cup of confectioners sugar might be added to the peanut butter to solidify that layer a little better. If I decide to repeat this recipe I think I will tweak it in that direction.

    • every brand of peanut butter will have a different level of oil so you may need to use more confectioner’s sugar to get the consistency you want.

  19. ” 1 package candy making chocolate bark ” hi what does this mean, please? You mean the Baker’s Chocolate in the red box? 4 oz? How much chocolate?! Thanks

  20. Also how big is your cookie sheet?

  21. jerilyn pletsch says:

    i had so much trouble trying to cut these. How did you get them cut so nice , when i tried cutting the peanut butter squished out and when i tried breaking it never lined up with the bottom layer so looked terrible 🙁 I like the taste but i want what i make to look good too lol please HELP!!

    • Did you use candy making chocolate such as Candy melts or Almond bark? That might be the first issue. Second, was your peanut butter “runny” when mixed? You might need more powdered sugar to stiffen it up and hold it’s shape. Every brand of peanut butter has a different consistency to start with, some having more oil than others. You can also try refrigerating your bark before cutting to solidify the peanut butter filling for cutting. Hope these tips help.

  22. Brilliant!!! I am making candy tonight and was thinking I didn’t have time for real buckeyes…this is perfect!!!

  23. Can I ask what size pan, or cookie sheet, you used?

    Also, this filling works great when rolled into balls and dipped into melted chocolate. It can also be shaped into egg shapes for Easter, etc.

  24. Looks Amazing!! Pinning 🙂

  25. I made buckeye bark today first time,taste really good but doesn’t look pretty like yours .when I try to cut it it breaks in pieces not nice squares like yours, what am I doing wrong.? We will still eat it, thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  26. YUM! This looks amazing! I have to try this! I love anything with chocolate and PB! Pinning! xo

  27. Oh my! This would be dangerous to have in my house! It would not last long, but I would weigh 500 lbs. It looks decadently delicious!

  28. Just made these with my kids and they turned out perfect! The kids are begging me for seconds as I write this…

  29. cindy norris says:

    Need to fill holiday tins with treats, so far have made cake batter bark and oreo fudge–both of those freeze so I can do a little at a time. Does this freeze well? Would not need to be frozen but for a week. Please respond to my email. Thank you

  30. Wenonah Imdorf says:

    I just found your blog and your recipe for buckeye bark… Looks so yummie! You said your son is the Buckeye master? :O) how does he make them? I have never made them yet but always wanted to to try…. Does he have a recipe or technique?


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