Buckeyes: the Perfect Combination of Chocolate + Peanut Butter

Buckeyes: the Perfect Combination of Chocolate + Peanut Butter

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is such a classic flavor combination! Its popularity is up there with cheese and crackers, tortilla chips and salsa, and milk and cookies. Chocolate’s sweetness combines well with peanut butter’s salty, creamy and savory flavor. These are so many delicious ways chocolate and peanut butter can be enjoyed together: brownies and bars, cake and cupcakes, pies, cookies, cheesecake, ice cream, scotcheroos… the list goes on! We can’t forget Ohioan’s favorite way to eat chocolate and peanut butter: the Buckeye candy! The Buckeye is an Ohio symbol in so many ways. Our state tree is the Ohio Buckeye. Ohioans have been called “Buckeyes” since the late 1700s to early 1800s. The word buckeye was probably first used to describe the nut of the Ohio Buckeye tree. Male deer are called bucks and since the nuts looked like deer eyes, they were known as “buck-eyes.” The famous Ohio State Buckeyes, the sports teams from The Ohio State University, use the nickname for Ohioans and our state tree. OSU’s mascot, Brutus, is actually a giant buckeye — and we’re nuts about him (pun intended)! Candy Buckeyes are a popular treat not only in Ohio but in most of the Midwest. They are often made at home during the winter holidays or before football games. Buckeyes are made by rolling a sweet peanut butter candy into a ball and dipping it in chocolate. Here at Winans, all our Buckeyes are hand-rolled from the same candy center used in our Peanut Butter Delights. They are then hand dipped in our sweet milk chocolate. Buckeyes are not the first candy to combine...

Why Winans and Autumn…Just Go Together!

By: Cheyenne Walters and Laurie Winans Reiser Even though the thought of Thanksgiving and Christmas are on our minds, fall is one of our favorite times of year here at Winans. It has cooled off enough that we can start shipping our product all over the country and world again. This cooler weather makes a freshly roasted and brewed cup of Winans coffee even tastier in the mornings. During the cool months of October and November you can expect to see us celebrating several events and holidays. Caramel apples are a much anticipated, traditional product at Winans for the month of October. Ever since Laurie’s dad, Max, sold caramel apples at the Piqua Central football games over 40 years ago, the town and county have had quite a fondness for this fall treat. Special apples in addition to caramel, are those with nuts, chocolate dipped and a new OHIO favorite, the “Buckeye Apple”. The Buckeye Apple is combines rich peanut butter fudge and chocolate!! Pumpkin fudge is another fall favorite that was carry through the month of November. These popular products add a lot more work for the factory workers, last week alone they dipped 1,100 apples!! Another October tradition for Winans is to support breast cancer awareness, we carry some ‘pink’ product in the store and a percentage of those profits go towards the Susan G. Komen foundation for research on breast cancer prevention and treatment. October is also the month for Halloween! We’ve got plenty of treats decorated for Halloween lovers; even gift wrap and bows to dress up gift boxes to fit the Halloween theme. Nutter-Butter...