Some of my kids and I think that buck-eyes are one of the best candies, not just at Christmas, but any time.
Since there are only three ingredients in the centers they are easy to make. Since two are peanut butter and graham crackers, it could be healthier that a lot of candies. Since you make them yourself, you can control the portion.
The only cooking is melting some chocolate chips for coating. This is a good recipe to use with small children too, I can pretty much assure you that they will do all the work of making the centers with only a bit of supervision if you have things measured out.
Then all you have to do is dip them and stand guard, so there will be some left for others to eat too.
No need to worry about things like soft ball, hard crack or boiling syrup over on your stove, which is never a pleasant experience.
Combine 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup powdered sugar in a bowl and knead until well blended. Refrigerate for an hour or so.
Roll about a teaspoon of ‘dough’ into a ball and place on a plate or cookie sheet, return to refrigerator until ready to dip.
Melt 2 cups of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips of combine them half and half with 2 T vegetable shortening. You can do this in the microwave or in a dish over simmering water.
Dip the peanut butter balls into chocolate about 3/4 of the way, leaving some peanut butter dough showing to make the eye.
Place on wax paper covered cooky sheet and refrigerate til coating is set.