This easy divinity recipe is made in one big pan, like fudge, instead of using the drop candy method. Make homemade divinity the easier way. Perfect for gifting!
Chances are that if you live in the South, like I do, then a plate of Divinity will be on your candy table. (You do have a table designated just for cookies and candies, right?) We have other desserts, usually a pecan pie and a chocolate pie, but it’s not complete for me without some rich chocolate fudge, maybe a little cracker toffee, and a plate of divinity.
My mom’s grandmother made Divinity every year at Christmas. Knowing now how it’s made, I can’t imagine my great-grandmother in the kitchen whisking this furiously by hand without the help of a stand mixer. My mom started making it years ago and my dad fell in love with it. It has graced our candy table at Christmastime ever since.
This year she tried a new recipe that made the whole process even easier. Traditional Divinity is spooned into little mounds and topped with pecan halves. That method is too stressful for me. The Divinity continues to stiffen as you make the mounds and is dry before you finish. Nobody likes flat, dry Divinity.
With this recipe you pour the entire batch into a pan so that it can set and be cut into individual squares to your liking, similar to fudge. We are Divinity purists and never add pecans to ours (fudge either, for that matter). Divinity should be creamy, smooth, soft… it almost reminds me of marshmallow fluff in fudge form.
A few tips for making this Easy Divinity Candy Recipe:
- Don’t make it on a humid or rainy day. Probably part truth and part wives’ tale, southerners swear you shouldn’t make divinity while it’s raining. The candy won’t set up.
Beat the eggs with the whisk attachment and then switch to the paddle when it’s time to add the syrup. The paddle cuts down on splatter!
Use a heat diffuser when making candy. A diffuser helps eliminate hot spots and evens the heat surface. Affiliate link: this is the Cast Iron Heat Diffuser we use.
- Make a parchment paper sling for easy removal from the pan. To make a parchment paper sling: cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the length of your pan. Leave enough parchment so that there are a few inches extra coming out of the pan – so it looks like wings. You aren’t trying to cover the entire pan (all sides) just the bottom and two sides to create the “sling” for easy lifting.
- 3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Butter a 9x9 pan and line with a parchment paper sling for ease of removal. Butter the parchment paper as well; set aside.
- Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Continue cooking this mixture until the syrup reaches the firm ball stage, about 250° to 265°F on a candy thermometer. (It should be firm to the touch but still able to be flattened slightly when a small ball of syrup is dropped in cold water.)
- While syrup is cooking, beat egg whites with salt until stiff.
- Gradually add half the syrup to the egg whites, beating constantly.
- Return the remaining syrup to the stove until boiling again, then gradually beat the remainder into the egg whites until dry (no longer shiny).
- Beat in the vanilla just until combined.
- Pour into prepared pan and allow to cool. Cut into squares when firm with a sharp, thin-bladed knife sprayed with cooking spray to make clean cuts.