It was Shon, my Ohio State-football-loving fiancé, who introduced me to Brutus Buckeye, the mascot for Ohio State University. Wait, sorry. Scratch that. The mascot of “The” Ohio State University, as so many fans will attest.
“Your mascot is a nut?” I asked.
“Yes,” said Shon.
“But how can a nut be a mascot? Nuts don’t have legs.”
It turns out Brutus Buckeye is a person, just like you and me–but with a giant, oblong nut for a head and big, bulging eyes.
“Okay…and you eat buckeyes, too?” I asked.
The answer is yes and no. The “Ohio buckeye” is the official state tree of Ohio and produces nuts of the same name. While exalted enough to warrant representing a state school, these nuts aren’t actually edible. The candy that resembles the nut, however, is.
On Smitten Kitchen, Deb Perelman recently posted a recipe for buckeyes that was adapted from the newly released cookbook, Baked Explorations. Tiny balls of peanut butter, graham crackers, and cream cheese (yum!) are dipped in chocolate and then left to chill until set. The results look utterly snackable and dangerously addictive. Pass me a plate of these, and I’ll jump on “The” O.S.U. Brutus Buckeye bandwagon any day.