Old Fashioned Divinity
This is our favorite basic Divinity recipe. It can be easily modified for many different flavors--only limited by your daring!. (Some of the ones we like are shown below.) The basic recipe IS FAT FREE, but some of the variations--e.g., pecan, or coconut--will have naturally occuring fat. We recommend that you have the following equipment: heavy duty stand mixer, heavy pot (3 quart or larger), thick wooden spoon, candy thermometer, and cookie scoop.
This recipe is a little time consuming to make, but the finished results are worth it. We enjoy making divintiy for gifts for any occasion, but especially during the Christmas season. One person can do it alone, but having two people really makes a difference, especially during the beating and scooping processes.
We would appreciate your input...let us know how you like it.
- 2 egg whites (large or jumbo)
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff. Set aside.
Combine sugar, syrup and hot water in a heavy pot. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon and place over high heat, stirring frequently while heating. Bring to a boil and turn heat down to medium so that mixture remains boiling, but not too vigorously (continue stirring frequently).
Heat until mixture is about 240 degrees F. (As it gets near the point of being ready, hold a spoonfull of the liquid above the pan and letting it drop back into the pan, you should see a very thin "thread" form about 3 inches long as the last drop leaves the spoon.) When you see the long thread, remove the pan from the burner. Turn on the mixer (with the beaten egg whites) to high speed, then slowly pour the hot liquid into the mixer bowl containing the beaten egg whites. Add the vanilla and salt and while continuing to mix for about 3 1/2 minutes (after the liquid has been poured into the mixer bowl).
Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and begin cooling the mixture by hand with a heavy wooden spoon by taking a spoonful of the mixture, holding it high above the bowl and letting it flow back into the bowl--see picture below. (As it cools, the mixture will begin to get very thick and if the wooden spoon is not thick enough, it will break.) Repeat as shown in this picture, until the mixture starts to thicken and begins to lose its sheen, and resists falling from the spoon.
Using a cookie scoop, drop small balls of the mixture onto wax paper--a fork may be needed to help get them out of the scoop. Allow them to dry at least an hour. (HINT: Occasionally dipping the scoop in a cup of water,and then shaking off the excess water makes it easier to get the candy out of the scoop.) Makes 5-7 dozen balls, depending on size of the scoop. Allow to dry for an hour or so. Store in airtight container.
- Maple-pecan divinity--Add 1 tsp. maple flavoring along with vanilla flavoring. Fold in 2 cups chopped pecans during the cooling process.
- Coconut divinity--Fold in 2 cups toasted coconut during cooling process.
- Pepermint divinity--Crush 2 small candy canes and add to mixture during beating process.
- Cherry-pecan divinity--Add 1 tbsp. powdered cherry flavored drink mix when you add the vanilla and salt. Fold in 2 cups of chopped pecans & 8 ozs. chopped cherry citron during the cooling process.