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Old-Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe

The word “divine” is a perfect way to describe Divinity candy.

It’s a vintage treat that comes from the Southern United States. Every bite is chewy with a little crunch. You will love it!

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This incredibly sweet, nougat-like confection is nothing short of heavenly.

A word of warning, though. Candy-making requires a bit of work.

In this recipe, you’ll put your accuracy and precision to the test. Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

Ready? Let’s indulge that sweet tooth, shall we? This is my favorite recipe for Divinity candy.

Divinity Candy Recipe

Never heard of Divinity candy? No worries!

Divinity is an airy and billowy confection. It’s popular in the South, especially during the holidays.

It’s a very sugary candy. It primarily features sugar, corn syrup, and egg whites. The texture is like fudge, nougat, and marshmallow.

It can be a little challenging to make, though.

It intimidates a lot of people because it requires ridiculous precision.

Luckily, candy-making is relatively easy once you learn the ropes.

As long as you have a candy thermometer, you should be fine. If you don’t have one, invest in one.

Because, if you’ve had Divinity candy, you know its worth the trouble.

Divinity Candy Ingredients - Egg Whites, Sugar, Water, Vanilla, Salt and Corn Syrup

How to Make Divinity Candy

Follow these steps to make the very best divinity candy:

1. Prep. Gather your equipment and measure out your ingredients.

NOTE: Everything needs to be ready to go before you begin. You must move at lightning speed once you start cooking the candy.

2. Combine the ingredients. Mix the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then stop.

3. Cook the mixture. Cook until the temperature on the candy thermometer reaches 260 degrees Fahrenheit. (Approximately 8 to 10 minutes.)

4. Beat the egg whites. While the candy is cooking, beat the egg whites in a stand mixer for 4 to 5 minutes. (Until they form stiff peaks.)

Start at a low speed. Gradually increase until it reaches medium-high. This will help reduce mess.

5. Finish the candy. Once the syrup reaches the correct temperature, it’s time for the tricky part.

Slowly pour it into the egg whites with the stand mixer still running. Then, add the vanilla while continuing to beat at medium-high speed for 8 to 9 minutes.

Pause once to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It is ready when the mixture can hold its shape and turns from glossy to matte.

Fold in (gently mix) the chopped nuts and cherries. These are optional.

6. Form the candy. Use two greased spoons to drop mounds of candy onto the prepared baking sheet. Create swirls on top for a pretty presentation.

7. Let it set. Allow the candy to cool and dry for 2 hours. Serve and enjoy!

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Hand Holding a Divinity Candy with a Bite Taken Out of It

Do I need a Stand Mixer to Make Divinity Candy?

I 1,000% recommend using a stand mixer.

But you can still make Divinity candy with a hand mixer. It’s riskier and a lot more work, though.

Remember the step where you slowly pour dangerously hot syrup into egg whites? While beating the mixture at the same time?

That requires a lot of precision.

You can do it alone, but you won’t have as much control. And that can lead to injury.

So, if you’re working alone, using a stand mixer is best.

If you’re beating by hand, it’s better to enlist someone to help you.

How to Know if the Syrup is Ready

Experienced candy-makers can tell the doneness of candy or syrup just by looking at it. But let’s not pretend to be experts here.

The best way is to use a candy thermometer. The syrup must reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit.

At this temperature, the syrup gets to the hard-ball stage – solid but still malleable. This is where it forms thick strings as it trickles from the spoon.

Also, the syrup will ball up if you drop some into cold water. Thus, the name.

Soft and Sweet Homemade Divinity Candies on a Plate

How to Test if the Divinity Candy is Ready

Okay, so this is another tricky part. But we got this.

After you add the syrup to the egg whites, watch the candy like a hawk. This step will take 4 to 9 minutes, depending on your mixer (and the weather).

But several indicators will tell you when it is ready. These include:

1. The color will turn from glossy to matte.

2. The candy should stick to the beaters when you lift them. If it drops back into the bowl, it isn’t ready.

3. The candy should hold its shape when dropped onto wax paper. If it droops or flattens, beat it again.

The Best Time to Make Divinity Candy

Another thing to consider when making Divinity candy is the weather.

You want to try this recipe on a chill, dry day. Humidity or moisture in the air will prevent the candy from drying.

And then you’re left with a gooey mess. It will taste good, but it won’t be the same.

Tips and Tricks

I only have a couple of tips for this recipe:

  • Calibrate your candy thermometer. If it isn’t correctly calibrated, it won’t do much good. To test, place the thermometer in boiling water. It should read 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add cream of tartar. Add just a pinch to the egg whites to help form stiff peaks. This tip is extra helpful to those who live at a high altitude.

Divinity Candy Variations

You can’t do much to change the candy itself (except for extracts). But you can try a variety of mix-ins, such as:

  • Crushed peppermint sticks
  • Toasted shredded coconut
  • Almonds or walnuts
  • Cranberries or raisings
  • Extracts (almond, lemon, orange)
  • Chocolate chips

How to Store Divinity Candy

I almost NEVER have leftover divinity. If you do, store it properly for safe keeping.

To store. Place the candy in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place. It should stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

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Old-Fashioned Divinity Candy

Servings

40

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

62

kcal

Divinity candy is nothing short of delicious! It is a nougat candy, perfect for any occasion. It can be tricky to make. But with my guide, you’ll be A-okay!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

  • 1/2 cup cherries, optional

  • Special Equipment Needed:
  • Candy Thermometer

  • Stand Mixer

Instructions

  • Line a baking dish with wax paper. Grease 2 spoons with non-stick spray.
  • Add sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt to a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Place a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook the syrup, without stirring, until it reaches 260 degrees Fahrenheit (hard-ball stage), about 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, beat egg whites with a stand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Start at low and gradually increase the speed until it reaches medium-high.
  • Once the syrup reaches 260 degrees Fahrenheit, gradually pour the syrup in a thin stream into the bowl of egg whites while still beating at medium-high speed.
  • Add the vanilla and continue to beat, scraping the sides of the bowl, until the mixture is able to hold its shape, about 8 to 9 minutes. The mixture should have also turned from glossy to matte.
  • Stir in the chopped nuts and cherries (if using).
  • Using the greased spoons, quickly drop mounds of candy onto the wax paper, creating swirls on the tops with the spoon.
  • Let the candy cool for about 2 hours. It should be room temperature. Serve and enjoy!
Divinity Candy

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6 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe”

    • Hi Diana!
      You can pipe this, but you need to move quickly.
      It starts to set almost right away, so it's important to get it into a big bag and get piping asap
      🙂

      Reply
  1. I love your recipes.Thanks for sharing.
    I thought I would share one with you.I have made this for years and never had any problems.
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    No Fail Divinity
    3 cups sugar
    1/2 cup white corn syrup
    1/2 cup cold water
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    Boil all together to soft ball.
    Pour 1/2 of this over 2 beaten egg whites beating.
    Put syrup back on heat and boil to hard crack (280)
    Pour over the egg whites and add vanilla.
    Drop by teaspoon on wax paper.
    Note>>They are very good dipped in chocolate after they are dried.
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    Reply
  2. Basically the same recipe as my mom's (and grandma's). I can remember my mom smoothing the divinity in a square pan when she didn't want to take the time to drop it by spoonfuls. After it cools, simply cut it into squares! Divine candy!!

    Reply
    • Hi Peggie, it's such a wonderful and timeless recipe. I love your tip of cutting it into squares! I will have to try that the next time I make it.

      Reply

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