This week it’s all about the Holiday Baking and tying up the loose ends before Christmas! We have a few family favorites in the Christmas and Holiday Candy departments, and this Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe is one of them.
Divinity reminds me of my Christmas Holidays when I was growing up! We make it every other year or so to enjoy at the Holidays. So I thought I would share it with you here. Maybe it will be a treat you add to your family get togethers!
HOW DO YOU MAKE DIVINITY
It is pretty easy to make divinity, but does better if you make it on a day that has a very low humidity level. Here in Utah we never really have to worry about that because we are always so dry. But, I have found that on some snowy days, if I make it, it may not turn out as well or set up as easily! So keep that in mind when you are making this Divinity Recipe.
HOW TO STORE DIVINITY CANDY
Divinity candy stays fresh even at room temperature for 10 to 14 days. The heat from the sugar syrup removes the danger of the egg content spoiling. To store the divinity candy, line an airtight storage container with wax paper. Fill the container with the divinity candy, placing a piece of wax paper between each layer. You can also store in plastic zipper storage bags or wrap securely in wax paper.
DO I NEED TO REFRIGERATE DIVINITY?
Refrigerator storage is also acceptable but not necessary, and creates the potential for condensation that makes the candy slimy.
CAN YOU FREEZE DIVINITY?
Divinity stays fresh in the freezer for up to one year. This convenience allows you to make several different types of candy around the holidays. Choose freezer storage containers with proper moisture-vapor retention ability to prevent freezer burn. Just as with room temperature and refrigerator storage, line the container and separate layers with wax paper. Remove the lid and set the container out at room temperature for about 1 hour to thaw before eating.
OLD FASHIONED DIVINITY RECIPE
Here is the recipe for our favorite DIVINITY RECIPE!
This Week It’s All About The Holiday Baking And Tying Up The Loose Ends Before Christmas! We Have A Few Family Favorites In The Christmas And Holiday Candy Departments, And This Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe Is One Of Them.
- 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 each egg whites
- 1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and the water. Cook and stir constantly until boiling. Clip the candy thermometer to the pan and without stirring over medium heat, bring the temperature up to 260°F (hard ball stage). This will take approximately ten minutes.
When the candy is nearly to the hard ball stage, begin the next step. In a large mixing bowl, attached to an electric freestanding mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Gradually, in a slow steady stream, pour in the hot mixture, beating on high the entire time. This should take about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in your Vanilla extract.
Continue to beat on high speed for approximately 6-10 minutes, until the candy starts to lose it’s glossy finish. When the beaters are lifted, the mixture should mound on itself, and not flatten. You can test it by dropping a spoonful onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. If it stays mounded, the mixture has been beaten sufficiently. If it begins to flatten, continue beating and check again after a minute or so.
Once it’s properly beaten, fold in chopped pecans and spoon (I use a heaping tablespoon) onto your parchment paper lined baking sheets. Allow about an hour or two to set. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.
You can add pecans to the top right after dropping them onto your wax paper. These are optional, but I love nuts, so we always add them. You can use an almond or walnuts if you prefer! Just gently push them onto the divinity and press them into the top gently so that they stay.
I think they are much prettier with the nuts on top! But if you don’t love nuts, it is totally optional! These make a great dessert to serve at the Holiday Party or make great homemade gifts! Just wrap them up in some pretty cellophane, or a cute Christmas tin and your recipients will love them!
CANDY MAKING SUPPLIES
- Candy thermometer
- Pastry brush
- Wooden spoon
- Large bowl
- 9 x 13 Dish
- Hot Pads
- Parchment Paper
HOMEMADE CANDY RECIPES
- 6 Minute Caramels
- Homemade Toffee
- Old Fashioned Divinity
- Pretzel Rolos
- Saltine Cracker Toffee
- Chocolate Dream Balls
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
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