This Divinity Candy recipe is a classic holiday favorite! You only need a handful of ingredients, a little time, and you have soft and chewy Divinity Candy.
This homemade candy costs just $2.97 to make, which is only $0.13 per serving. These would go perfectly on a goodie plate for friends and neighbors alongside this Peanut Brittle, Almond Roca, and Old Fashioned Fudge.
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Divinity is a Southern confection that is a holiday must! A vintage recipe that I have fond memories of sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen in awe, watching as she worked to make the perfect Divinity candy treat every year. It was magical!
These snow-white treats are a chewy, soft, vanilla-flavored delicacy that indeed is Divine! Neighbors and friends will love getting a plate full of goodies from you, including some of this candy!
What is divinity candy made of?
Divinity is a vintage recipe made with only a few ingredients. It is made with sugar, corn syrup, water, egg whites, and vanilla. Most of the time, chopped pecans are mixed into the candy, but I opted to place a whole pecan on top of each candy for my recipe. I find that it dresses it up a little more for the holidays.
What is the texture of divinity candy?
Divinity is a soft treat with a creamy, melt in your mouth texture.
How long will divinity candy keep?
This candy will stay fresh for up to two weeks while stored at room temperature in an airtight container lined with wax paper.
How to make this Divinity Candy recipe:
STEP ONE: First, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Then place a candy thermometer inside a medium saucepan.
STEP TWO: Next, heat the sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium heat until it reaches 250-260 degrees F. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
STEP THREE: After the sugar reaches temperature, remove from heat, and slowly pour into the egg whites while the mixer is on low. Then, increase the speed to high and beat for 1 minute.
STEP FOUR: Add the vanilla and continue beating at high speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
STEP FIVE: Keep beating until the divinity candy holds its shape.
STEP SIX: Drop scoops of candy onto the prepared baking sheets. Finally, add a whole pecan on top. Let the divinity dry and harden for several hours or overnight.
medium heavy saucepan
stand mixer OR handheld mixer
How much will this recipe cost to make:
RECIPE COST: $2.97
PER SERVING COST: $0.13
NOTE: The prices for this divinity candy recipe are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
- 2 cups granulated sugar – $0.46
- ½ cup white corn syrup – $0.68
- ½ cup cold water – $0.00
- 2 egg whites – $0.10
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – $0.31
- 24 pecan – $1.42
More Holiday Desserts:
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- Peppermint Bark Cookies
- Hanging Gingerbread Cookies
- Peppermint Cheesecake Dip
- Gingerbread Cookies with Orange Glaze
- Andes Mint Cheesecake Dip
- Chocolate and Peppermint Roulade
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Spiced Creme Brulee
- Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookie Pie
- Loaded Peppermint Cookies
- Gingerbread Oreo Truffles
- Peppermint Bark Brownies
- medium heavy saucepan
- candy thermometer
- stand mixer or handheld mixer
- Cookie scoop
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 large egg whites room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 24 pecans
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Add a candy thermometer to a medium heavy saucepan. Heat sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium heat until it reaches the hard ball stage, 250-260 degrees F.
BEAT EGG WHITES:
- While the syrup is cooking, beat egg whites in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a handheld mixer until stiff peaks form.
- When the sugar reaches temperature, remove it from the heat and slowly pour it into the egg white while the mixer runs on low speed. Then, increase the speed to high and beat for 1 minute.
- Once the sugar syrup is in, add vanilla and beat on high until the candy holds its shape, about 10-15 minutes. ** see notes below
- Spray a cookie dough scoop or 2 spoons with cooking spray. Drop scoops of candy onto prepared baking sheets.
- Immediately add a whole pecan.
- Allow divinity to dry and harden for several hours or overnight.
- **The time it takes to beat the mixture until it holds its shape will depend on your mixer. I found it best to beat on high speed for 5 minutes and then let the mixture and mixer rest for 2-3 minutes. Then repeat several times.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.