My mom makes several batches of divinity every Christmas. Since we are celebrating Christmas with my dad’s side of the family tomorrow, she is making her first batch tonight.


  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cups walnuts or pecans, broken (optional)


  1. Stir the sugar, corn syrup, and water over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cook without stirring to 260 degrees on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of the mixture dropped into iced water forms a crystal-like hard ball. The mixture will create a feathery thread when poured from a spoon.
  3. In a mixer bowl beat the egg whites until a stiff peak forms.
  4. Continue beating while pouring the hot syrup in a thin stream. You may need an assistant.
  5. Add the vanilla and beat until the mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull. Mixture will probably become too stiff for the mixer.
  6. Fold in nuts and drop the mixture from the tip of a spoon onto waxed paper.

Makes about four dozen candies. Use one tablespoon less water on humid days.


3 Responses

  1. Mmmmm. I love divinity but I’ve never tried to make it. Maybe this is the year to try!

  2. I have no idea what divinity is. Is it like meringue?

  3. I’m going to call this Satan’s Candy rather than Divinity. And then I’m going to beat myself on the head for forgetting that candy-making is infinitely more challenging than baking a batch of cookies. And THEN, I’m going to attempt to scrape hardened white sugar out of my mixer bowl.

    Can y’all tell my attempts at Divinity didn’t go so well? Sigh…

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