Horse Chestnuts

It just goes to show, you’re never too old to learn.

I just found out a couple of days ago what conkers are. In case you’ve never heard of conkers, people in books set in England will sometimes talk about conkers or playing conkers. I never knew what that was, and it was never germane to the plot, so I just took the general meaning that conkers were a fruit or nut from a tree that kids picked up and played with in some manner.

Then, the other day, I stumbled across the wonderful Liam O’Farrell’s painting of conkers.

Liam O’Farrell’s painting of conkers

Isn’t that gorgeous?

And I was like: THEY’RE BUCKEYES!!

Buckeyes are what we call them in the USA. It’s the translation of an Indian name, because they thought the nut looked like the eye of a male deer. Ohio is nicknamed “the Buckeye State” mostly because of all the horse chestnut trees it used to have. Here’s a site with short explanations of all the states’ nicknames. You’re welcome.

And here’s an article about conkers: how to play it and how to cheat. You’re welcome, again.

But today is food day on the blog, so here’s the point of this whole exercise: Although they don’t have conker candy in England, we DO have buckeye candy in America. My mother hates it because she is NOT a fan of peanut butter; I, on the other hand, dote upon it, so buckeyes are one of my favorites. Behold:

Buckeye recipe

And once more, you’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character makes something edible that looks like something inedible.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Horse Chestnuts

  1. Jo

    January 23, 2014 at 10:59am

    I’ll let you off because I think you’re the awesomest, but African bush person here knew what conkers were – nyaa nyaa – LOL – from reading Enid Blyton. There is no greater love than peanut butter and choccie. 🙂 x

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      Marian Allen

      January 23, 2014 at 12:17pm

      I bow to your superior conker knowledge, O Wise Woman of the African Bush! 🙂 And I’m with you on the pb & c. Yummmmmm!

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  2. Jane

    January 23, 2014 at 11:09am

    Thanks. I love learning stuff. Especially connection stuff between things you know and things you go “HUH?” about.

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      Marian Allen

      January 23, 2014 at 12:20pm

      🙂 Me, too! And our #1 Daughter makes the most AWESOME buckeye candies. Wonder if I could drop a hint to her…?

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