Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe

These old fashioned Divinity candy recipes are the first of their kind published. What's been called the world's most famous fudge-like candy had its origin in the Southern United States in the early 1900s.

Divinity is typically a white, sometimes pastel tinted, meringue-like confection with a melt-in-your-mouth fluffy texture and a crispy-thin outer layer. It likely got its name from its DIVINE taste. Really, it's that good. It tastes divinely delicious!

Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipe

Second Edition of the Neighborhood Cook Book (1914)

Divinity CandyDelicious Homemade Divinity Candy with Walnuts
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When it comes to an old fashioned Divinity candy recipe, this is perhaps the earliest recipe ever published.

Original Divinity Candy

Three cups sugar, one cup Karo® corn syrup, three-quarters cup water, three well-beaten whites of eggs, two cups of chopped walnuts, one tablespoon vanilla.

Boil first three ingredients until quite brittle in cold water, then pour slowly and gradually into the eggs and beat until it stiffens. Add vanilla and nuts and pour onto a buttered platter. When cold cut in squares.

Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipes

The Eta Cook Book (1914)

Girl with Divinity CandyYoung Girl With Her Divinity Candy
(Source: Adapted c.1914)

Divine Divinity Candy

First mixture: Boil one cup sugar and one-fourth cup water four minutes.

Second mixture: Boil until brittle three cups sugar, one cup Karo® corn syrup, and one cup water.

To the first mixture add the beaten whites of three eggs. Add this to second mixture, then add one cup chopped walnuts and one teaspoon vanilla. Beat until like fudge. —Celia McLennan

Easy Divinity Candy

Two cups granulated sugar, one-half cup cold water, one-third cup Karo® corn syrup. Cook on stove until it hardens when dropped in cold water.

Take from stove, pour over stiffly beaten white of one egg. Add nuts and vanilla. Beat until stiff. —Marion S. Butterfield

Divinity Candy and Chocolate

One and one-half cups granulated sugar, one-half cup Karo® corn syrup, one-fourth cup water, white of one egg, one-half cup chopped nuts, one-fourth teaspoon vanilla.

Boil sugar, syrup, and water to soft ball stage. Take out one cup and fold into stiffly beaten white of egg. Add vanilla and nuts.

Allow rest of syrup to reach crack stage and stir that into egg mixture. Put in pan or allow to cool until it will stand alone, then drop by spoonfuls on buttered paper.

Chocolate Divinity may be made by adding a square of Baker's chocolate grated to syrup before boiling. —Anna Wood Richie

Divinity Creams

Two and one-half cups granulated sugar, one-half cup Karo® corn syrup, one-half cup hot water, whites of two eggs, one-half cup nuts, flavoring.

Boil sugar, syrup, and water until it forms a soft ball in water. Add slowly one cup of this mixture to whites of eggs which have been beaten stiff, with a tiny bit of salt. Continue to cook remainder of syrup until it crackles in cold water.

Pour syrup over the egg mixture and beat until cold. Add nuts and flavoring. Pour into shallow pan. When cold cut in oblongs. —Geraldine Mitchell Thompson

Favorite Old Fashioned Divinity Candy Recipes

From Various Sources With Permission

White Divinity

2-2/3 cups white sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cook sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart pot over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. (On very humid days, use 1 tablespoon less water.)

Cook, without stirring, to 260°F (126°C) on candy thermometer (or hard ball stage). Beat egg whites in 1-1/2 quart bowl until stiff peaks form.

Continue to beat while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites. Add vanilla; beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull. (Mixture becomes very stiff.) Fold in nuts, if you choose.

Drop from buttered spoon onto waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature, turning candy over once, until surface of candy is firm — allow at least 12 hours. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 dozen candies.

Divinity Cream

3 cups sugar
1 cup cold water
1 cup corn syrup
Whites of 2 eggs
2 cups finely chopped nuts of choice

Boil sugar, syrup, and water until stiff ball forms in cold water. Add gradually to whites of eggs stiffly beaten. Beat until cold and then add nuts. Chill on buttered platter. —Geraldine Walker, Baltimore, MD., Goucher College

Creamy-Style Divinity

This old fashioned Divinity Candy recipe is easy to make with NO egg whites and NO thermometer. Powdered, dry frosting mix is difficult to find, but packages are available in some food stores.

1 (7-1/4 ounce) package dry white frosting mix
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup chopped nuts

Line a 10x15-inch cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside. Beat frosting mix, corn syrup, vanilla, and boiling water in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Mixture will be very thick, and it is helpful to use a stand mixer.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl and gradually beat in sugar; stir in nuts. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto lined pan.

Let stand about 4 hours or until firm. Turn candies over and dry at least 12 hours. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 5 dozen or so pieces.

Fantasy Divinity With Marshmallow Creme

This old fashioned Divinity candy recipe doesn't call for egg whites. It's easy to make using Marshmallow Creme.

1/2 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 (7-ounce) jar Marshmallow Creme
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring, your choice of pastel color
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

In a large heavy saucepan, stir together the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, and heat to between 234°F and 240°F (112°C and 116°C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the marshmallow creme, vanilla, food coloring, and pecans. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until slightly cooled and thickened.

Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill until firm before storing in an airtight container. Makes about 2 dozen candies.

Marshmallow Creme

The Marshmallow Creme called for in the recipe is an easily spreadable marshmallow-based confection that originated as a tasty filling for layer cakes.

The first cookbook to feature its recipe was Fannie Farmer's "Boston Cooking-School Cook Book" in 1895. "Mrs. Rorer's New Cook Book" had a similar marshmallow filling recipe seven years later, in 1902.

Commercial versions of the confection were first sold in the early 1900s, and today the product can be purchased throughout North America and in many European Union supermarkets.

Brands include Solo® Marshmallow Creme, Kraft® Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme, and Marshmallow Fluff® manufactured by Durkee Mower Inc. A popular vegan equivalent is Suzanne's Ricemellow® Creme.

TO MAKE YOUR OWN: Visit my Homemade Icing page for an easy recipe for Marshmallow Creme.

How to Make Divinity Candy

Here's a few practical tips to help you in getting perfect results with an old fashioned Divinity candy recipe:

  • For Divinity to harden properly, it's always best to make it on a day that's not too humid. A dry day is best.
  • For traditional Divinity, boil candy mixture undisturbed for 10 minutes or so, until the thermometer temperature reaches around 260°F to 300°F (126°C to 149°C), or a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a very firm ball.
  • Finish by beating the Divinity mixture, about 10 minutes or so, until it loses its gloss and is firm enough to hold its shape, then work quickly to pour or drop the mixture onto a buttered platter or waxed paper, since it is very quick to harden.
  • Add several drops of water if the Divinity mixture becomes too thick. Continue beating if the mixture remains too thin.
  • Add chopped maraschino cherry bits for a delicious Divinity, and a little of the juice for a pastel pink color.
  • It is always best to store your Divinity candies in an airtight container until ready for serving.

Some experimentation can be expected if you are inexperienced in making Divinity, since misjudging its cooking time can greatly affect the results.

Under cooking can leave Divinity too soft whereas overcooking can leave it too hard.

Some old fashioned Divinity candy recipes say to pour the cooked candy mixture on a buttered platter for cutting into squares. However, recipes published later on began to call for pouring or dropping the mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper for cooling.

So, Divinity squares or drops, it's your choice. Both are DIVINE!

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