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Classic Divinity Recipe - Drop Onto Sheets

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract/Paste
  • Optional Food Coloring
  • 1/2 Cup MIx-Ins

Classic Divinity Recipe

The classic holiday treat!

30

Serves: 42

Hard

This recipe is a bit more of a challenge but definitely worth the effort.

Divinity Candy Ingredients

This classic divinity recipe came to me from my Grandma Jackie, but came to her from my Great Grandma Swan. I’m not sure that Grandma made divinity much, but it was sure a staple at Christmas for Grandma Swan. However, everyone agreed that she would use black walnuts as her mix-in and that was not the best idea.

As you can see from the hand-written recipe below, it’s a complicated recipe and I didn’t have a lot to go on. I did some research and called Grandma and we got through it. One of the recipes I found online suggested cherries as the mix-in and I thought that was a great idea. Grandma recommended using food coloring too, so I used a little red to match the cherries. Her actual suggestion was to do red and green for Christmas which I thought was great, but I wanted to see if I could get the basic recipe down first before getting all fancy!

This is a bit of a challenging recipe. It took me two attempts to get close. I think I still have quite a bit to learn and my mixture is just a bit over mixed. That’s really the biggest challenge I think. You’ll definitely need a candy thermometer and I would strongly recommend a stand mixer, but you can do it without one. Grandma Swan sure did!

Once you get the hang of it, I think this classic divinity recipe could really be fun and with the mix-ins you can really make it your own. I think it’d be great with pecans, candied ginger, candied orange peel, coconut, crushed peppermint candies—whatever you can think of!

Divinity Hand Written Recipe

Steps:

  • Prep Prep Prep 

    Get out two baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. This is where we'll "drop" each piece of divinity and allow it to dry at the end. At this point it's also a great idea to get your egg whites in a VERY CLEAN bowl and ready to be whipped. (A stand mixer is ideal for this!)

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Prep Sheets
  • Boil the sugar, corn syrup and water. 

    Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan on your stove top and bring to a boil. Stir frequently as it comes to a boil to help the sugar dissolve. Once it's at the boil, STOP STIRRING and insert a candy thermometer. All the mixture to continue to boil until it reaches the "hard ball" stage - about 260º F.

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Boil Sugar Mixture
    Classic Divinity Recipe - Watch Temp
  • Whip the Egg Whites 

    Then the sugar mixture reached about 240º start whipping the egg whites. If using a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment at this point. You'll want to mix the egg whites until they from stiff peaks.

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Whip Egg Whites
  • Pour in the Sugar Mixture 

    Once the sugar has reached temperature and the egg whites are at stiff peaks, it's time to combine the two. Switch to the paddle attachment on your stand mixer and SLOWLY pour the sugar mixture in a steady, thin stream into the egg whites. Once the sugar mixture is all in, add the vanilla (or other flavoring) and food coloring (if using). Continue to beat on high speed for another 5-8 minutes until the candy loses it's glossiness and can hold it's shape. DO NOT OVER MIX. The difference between perfectly mixed and over mixed divinity can be about 30 seconds. Keep your eye on it and err on the side of it being slightly undermixed rather than over mixed.

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Pour Sugar Mixture
    Classic Divinity Recipe - Keep Whipping
  • Add in Mix-Ins 

    Once it's perfectly beaten, it's time to add your mix-ins. These need to be VERY dry - you don't want to add much moisture at all at this point. Add the mix-ins directly into the bowl and stir by hand with a wooden spoon.

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Add Mix-Ins
  • Drop the Divinity 

    The last step is to drop the divinity batter using two teaspoons onto your prepped parchment paper. Allow to set and then the divinity can be stored in an airtight container.

    Classic Divinity Recipe - Drop Onto Sheets

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