This is oh so good… And it is not just for the Holidays, but for any day. Truly Divine!
When I was a kid, this was my most favorite candy. What a name! And rightly so! It tastes what I would imagine something in Heaven might taste! Of course the real thing I am waiting for! In the meantime here in a recipe that will give you heavenly thoughts!
The first reference to divinity candy in an American cookbook appeared around 1915. According to this particular recipe, the cook beats the ingredients and then drops the mixture by spoonfuls for cooling. However, a recipe for divinity fudge appeared in The New York Times about eight years earlier. This particular fudge recipe included cold milk and chopped nuts and instructed the cook to spread the mixture in a pan to be cut in squares after cooling.
Although references are made to divinity candy being a Southern food, it seems to be a dessert made and enjoyed in all areas of the U.S. The southern reference could be attributed to the version of divinity that is garnished in the center by a pecan half.
Although it’s not verifiable, food historians believe that the candy got its name from the taste: most likely someone referred to the confection as “divine.”
If you choose to make your own divinity candy, keep a few things in mind. It is difficult for the candy to harden on a humid day, so choose a dry day for candy-making. You’ll also need a candy thermometer to determine exactly when the mixture of sugar, salt, syrup and water is ready for the addition of the egg whites.
How to Make Divinity
- Cook sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan until reaching 260 degrees.
- Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Pour hot syrup, continuing to mix with the electric mixer.
- Add vanilla extract, continuing to beat until mixture holds it’s shape.
- Optionally, add nuts to the mixture at this point.
- Drop mixture onto wax paper using a buttered spoon.
- Allow to cool for at least 12 hours, until firm.
- Store in an air-tight container to avoid moisture causing the candy to stick.
- Divinity will be difficult to harden in humid weather; Candy making days should be dry days.
- Divinity must reach a specific temperature; A candy thermometer is necessary for a proper consistency.
- Divinity hardens quickly; Quickly place on wax paper to avoid sticking or add several drops of water to help moisten.