Easy homemade Divinity Candy is a smooth, pure white candy that tastes sweet and delicious and it is made with simple ingredients. A holiday favorite that goes great on a cookie plate for friends and family!
- 2 room temperature egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Before beginning, prepare a place to spoon out the divinity, by placing a large sheet of parchment or wax paper on the counter and place 2-4 regular spoons on it.
- Beat egg whites and salt in a stand mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- In 3 quart saucepan combine sugar, water, and corn syrup
- Cook over medium high heat until it “spins a thread”.
- This can be determined by using a candy thermometer and cooking until it reaches 220-230, or when you pull a spoon out of the syrup and let the liquid drip off the sugar forms what looks like thread hanging off the spoon. You are looking for threads that are 2-3 inches long.
- Once this stage is reached immediately turn your mixer with the egg whites to high and slowly add sugar syrup in a very slow steady stream. Move quickly at this stage you don't want your sugar to have a chance to continue cooking.
- Add vanilla and continue whipping on high until the mixture holds a peak. You are looking for it to lose a little bit of shine and if you pull a spoon out a little mountain forms on the spoon. This is generally 5 minutes of mixing (over mixing can cause the end candy to be crumbly)
- Quickly take it off the mixer and using regular spoons scoop out little balls of mixture and place on prepared parchment paper. They should have a nice bent over peak (as seen in the pictures).
- Let set at room temperature until fully set.
- The egg whites can have no amount of yolk in them, if you break the yolk and even get a streak of yellow in the egg whites, the fat of the yolk will prefect them from whipping to stiff peaks.
- You also need to work with very clean bowls/whisks/etc. when whipping your egg whites because any grease left on the bowls or beaters will prevent the eggs whites from whipping properly.
- It's a little tricky to know when the divinity is done, it takes a little practice to get a feel for it in my opinion. That being said, if you under cook it, you'll have divinity that is a little soft and sticky and if you over cook it you'll have divinity that is a little dry or chalky. They still taste great even if the texture isn't pillowy smooth. We've never thrown a "bad batch" away 🙂
- This recipe if from my sister-in-law Beth and she got it from her Granny. It's an old family favorite that probably looks a lot like your family's recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: dessert
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: American
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