Divinity Recipe

Grandmother’s Divinity was always a part of our Christmas celebration. She’d watch the weather carefully during the week before Christmas to pick just the right day, the one with the lowest possible humidity, and she’d begin making this delicious confection.

Tasting a lot like marshmallows, her billowy, white divinity was always one of my favorites. Some years, she’d tint in pink or green, but more often than not, she’d leave it pure white.

I always wanted to be there to help her as she made her divinity recipe each Christmas. Watching her as she worked magic before my eye, I would press myself as close as possible against the laminate countertop for a better look.

I dared not move from the station where Grandmother had told me to stand while she turned the molten sugar to fluffy, light clouds of confection. I knew that I would be able to help her drop teaspoons full of divinity onto the waxed paper if I did as she’d gently asked me to do.

Since Grandmother had chosen the day with the lowest to no humidity, her divinity would dry well and then we’d package it into waxed paper lined tins that were used from year to year to hold her Christmas candies.

When I married, Grandmother gave me a book of her recipes that she’d collected throughout the years. Many of them were taught to her by her own mother and grandmother, some were given to her from friends, but most she’d created herself.

Each Christmas, I carefully pull out my book and turn to the pages of Christmas candies, including her date nut roll recipe and divinity recipe, and make them for my own family. Her Christmas tradition continues as I carefully watch the weather to pick just the right day.

Here’s Grandmother’s Divinity Recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Yield: 8

Divinity Recipe

Total Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Divinity candy is a delicious confections. This heirloom divinity recipe is a family tradition and never fails me.
4.6 from 15 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 egg whites room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans optional

Directions

  1. Heat the sugar, corn syrup and water over medium heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Using a candy thermometer, heat the mixture until it reaches 250º F, a hard ball stage.
  2. As the syrup is cooking, whip egg whites, along with a pink of salt, until stiff peaks have formed.
  3. When the sugar syrup has reached hard ball stage (250º F), remove it from the heat and begin to slowly pour it into the beaten egg whites, whipping together at a high speed.
  4. Add the vanilla and continue whipping the mixture on high until it holds its shape and does not fall back onto itself, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in chopped pecans, if using.
  5. Using two teaspoons and working quickly, drop scoops of divinity onto sheets of waxed paper that has been placed on top of cooling racks. If the divinity begins to harden, add a few drops of warm water to help loosen it while working.
  6. Allow the divinity to dry and harden. This usually takes a couple of hours to overnight. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

 

Merry Christmas!
Robyn xoxo

60 comments on “Divinity Recipe”

  1. Looks perfect! Wish I had some right now!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas – thank you for all the recipes.

  3. I just had some lovely divinity last night! So soft and sweet. Merry Christmas Robyn!

  4. My mother always made divinity and made sure family, friends, teachers, coworkers and neighbors all had divinity. I was 9 when I started to help dip divinity. My mom has been gone 6 yrs and I still make divinity. At least one batch Nd hope to carry on the tradition for many years and pass it on to my daughter.
    My recipe is the same except it uses 3 cups sauger instead of two.

  5. What a precious gift to be given those recipes from your grandmother. 🙂

  6. My Mother used to make this and also a similar candy that she called “Seafoam” It was made with brown sugar. Sure wish I could get that receipt. Have you ever heard of it.

    Thanks, Kay

    • Kay, I have that recipe. I am not home right now but I will post it later on. My great grandmother used to make seafoam and sale it door to door during the depression. My grandmother taught me how to make it. At first I thought this divinity recipe was it, but it doesn’t have the brown sugar in it.

    • Look up “fairy food” or “sponge candy” on Pinterest if you still need this recipe. This candy has several names, including “seafoam”, and is what you describe.

    • Yes. My mom also used seafoam as cake icing. Same recipe ingredients except used brown sugar.

  7. Just love this recipe , it’s the same as my Mother used to make! And the date nut roll recipe brought back wonderful childhood memories. Pam

  8. We make this same recipe only without the pecans. My great grandmother used to make it and sale it during the depression by going door to door. My grandmother is the one who taught me how to make it and I have passed it on to my daughter.

  9. I also had a grandmother that made divinity. It’s such a special candy to me. What would you say is a low humidity? We live in Utah where it’s always relatively low, but it seems the month of December is always in the 50% range. Is that low enough to attempt this?

    Thanks so much! And thanks for the recipe as I do not have my own from my grandmother. I hope it will work out for me 🙂

  10. Thanks for the recipe. I miss read the instruction, and added my nuts and vanilla before whipped 5 or 6 mins. I went ahead and it turn out fine, I toasted my pecans before using in my candy.

  11. Ladies; the only difference in Divinity & Seafoam is the sugar. Divinity with white & Seafoam with Brown. The cooking process is identical. Enjoy. Robyn, thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Thank you Sherryl for posting this, I was confused why everyone was calling it “divinity” Mom & Granny always called it seafoam.

  12. I have made divinity for years with my dad, but I was thinking this year about changing it up. Possibly doing a cinnamon caramel or cranberry pecan? Have you tried adding other ingredients does it upset the process? Last years batch didn’t set up for some reason so I don’t want to waste this years batch! Thanks for the advice.

    • Hi Ashley,
      You should be able to stir in dry ingredients as one of the last steps before you make your candies and allow them to set and dry. For adding wet ingredients, you’ll want to make sure that you change the ratios of the base divinity recipe based on the amount of the new liquid you add. I hope that helps!

  13. I remember my grandmother making this and some she added the pecans and some she would add cherry’s. Can you tell me would it be the candied cherries or the Maraschino cherries and when would you add them? Thanks

  14. I love divinity…I haven’t had it in years. Started following you on FB and pinterest.
    Margaret

  15. we made ours with ckopped black walnuts. So good.

  16. I made divinity and it did not turn out. Does anyone know why mine has small waxy pieces in it?

    • Perhaps you poured the syrup in too quickly. Having made divinity off and on for several years, I never had waxy pieces in it. The syrup needs to be poured in at a slow and steady pace especially in the beginning. Pouring it in too fast might not allow it to disperse evenly. I would try again just to make sure.

  17. I know humidity plays a part. I’ve forgotten the degree it has to be

  18. Hi Robyn, I was wondering if you have come across or maybe made with your grandmother a boiled frosting. My mom made it was light and fuffy and super sweet. I’ve wanted to try it but can’t find it in mom’s recipe box or online for that matter. Thanks in advance. Janet

  19. About how much does this make? It says it serves 8 but how many pieces is that per person?

  20. Why did mine turn out like taffy!

    • If you heated the syrup to hard ball stage ((between 250-260 degrees), it is likely that yours turned out like taffy because it wasn’t beaten enough. 1. Be sure to beat the egg whites/vanilla until STIFF peaks form. 2. It is pretty essential to pour the syrup in very slowly with beaters on med-low setting so that it mixes well. 3. After mixing thoroughly, it needs to be beaten at high speed for anywhere between 6-10 minutes (higher humidity requires more beating time) until the mixture cools, loses its sheen, and loses its stickiness. In this case, patience is a virtue.

      Once you think its ready, spoon onto waxed paper. If it does not hold its shape, you will need to beat even more. If at some point it becomes too difficult to drop from spoon(s), add small amounts of hot water as needed so that it’s workable.

      I hope these tips help. Now, I have to go make a batch or I might not be able to sleep tonight!

  21. This recipe sounds very similar to my grandmother’s recipe. My grandmother would put hers in a baking pan and cut it into squares later. I never knew what size pan she used. Any suggestions??

  22. This is the same recipe we have used since we were kids. We also made different flavors and colors: green/peppermint, red/anise and yellow/butter pecan. Green and red was always gone first ?

  23. I’m a candy virgin, so I have a couple questions that, I imagine, are no-brainers. When you talk about whipping the mixture, am I to use a stand or hand mixer (assuming stand, but, ya know…). Also, does it require a wire whip attachment, or is a beater OK? Lastly, when you mention allowing to set for several hours or overnight, am I to leave the candies out, or go ahead and place them in the aforementioned airtight container? I know these things usually don’t need to be addressed in recipes because most people know what they’re doing.Thank you for humoring me!

    • Hi KJ!
      You can use either type of mixer – if you have a stand mixer with a wire whip, it will make it easier. But if not, a hand mixer is just fine. That’s what my Grandmother used for years.
      When you leave it to set, leave it out until it dries and hardens. Then, you’ll place in an airtight container.
      As you make Divinity, I’d suggest to avoid making on a rainy, wet day as it may not do as well. (I talk about all of this in my post).
      Have fun making this! It’s such a special and delicious candy! Thanks! xo

    • Thank goodness my grandmother taught me to beat it by hand because I have burned up a Sunbeam mixer and two Kitchenaid mixers over the past 40 years by making divinity. It takes longer and you have to have strong muscles. ☺

  24. When you say this serves 8, does that mean 8 candies? Or what does that mean?

  25. Just tried this divinity reciepe. Lovin it!!!

  26. Could you place this is the silicone candy molds? Or do you think it would stick to bad?

  27. AWESOME CANDY!!! LOVE YOUR RECIPE!!! MY Grandkids call it “WHITE CLOUD CANDY”. NO PRECIPITATION, (no rain or snowy weather) on the day you make it keeps it from GOING flat. MY MOM TAUGHT ME THAT EASY TRICK MANY YEARS AGO!!! THANK YIU FOR SHARING 🙂 Kaye

  28. This was my first time attempting to make this wonderful treat. Such a great recipe to folllow! It turned out perfect 🙂

  29. This was my first time attempting to make this wonderful treat. Such a great recipe to folllow! It turned out perfect 🙂

  30. Can you make this without a candy thermometer??

  31. My Mom made this recipe from the time I was little until I was in my 20’s. She used to say she killed more mixers making it but the taste was heaven. Made my first batch tonight and can’t wait to eat 1.

    • Hi Selene!
      That’s so funny that your mom said that about the mixers! Divinity is certainly a labor of love – but you are right, the taste is heaven and the candy is so worth it! Thanks so much for sharing your memory with me! xo

  32. This is identical to my Great-Grandmother’s recipe. When my mother was a teen she wore braces and nuts were completely out if the equation. She minced maraschino cherries and let them dry overnight and used that instead of nuts. I’ve never seen anyone else do that so I am assuming it was a Great-Grandmother Nella thing. This is a brilliant recipe and worth the effort.

    • Hi Heather!
      Divinity is such a delicious treat – I loved when my Grandmother made it and enjoy making it now myself!
      I’ve never tried with dried cherries – that sounds delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with me! Have a wonderful holiday! xo

  33. Have struggled with .three batches! Followed the instructions carefully! Yet the peaks collapsed into a flat cookie shape. Am I rushing the process? Richard

    • Hi Richard,
      I’ve found that if it is humid when you make it, it will fall. I always try to make it when it is a sunny, clear day. Also, make sure the syrup reaches the hardball stage of 250 degrees before you pour into the egg whites. It will take at least 6 minutes of whipping it after pouring into the egg whites.
      And you are correct – this is one recipe you can not rush.
      I hope this helps! Thanks so much! 🙂

  34. My mom used to make this when I was a boy and now I’m the only one left. I was wanting some divinity to remember her by so I used your recipe and it was just like hers. Thank you for helping me rekindle old memories

    • Hi Tom, this comment is one of the many reasons I love what I do. I am so glad you found and enjoyed the recipe and it made you think of your mom.
      This is my Grandmother’s recipe and I think of her every time I make it too, so it holds a special place for me as well.
      Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Tom!

  35. I love this fudge! It brings back old memories of my mom! She made it when I was a little girl and it’s tasted so wonderful! I make it now for my family! It is my favorite! This is a good recipe! Thank you for sharing! I’m going to make a batch right now!

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