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Divinity Candy

Divinity Candy recipe is a Southern classic. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on this chewy, soft vanilla treat packed with crunchy pecans!

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Pieces of divinity fudge candy on a black plate with pecans.

What is Divinity Candy

If there’s ever one standout recipe request that I receive, it’s always for the ever popular southern treat, Divinity.

If you’ve never had this sweet treat, the texture is marvelous.

It’s a combination of marshmallow, fudge, and taffy! Add in the crunch of pecans and this is a dessert made for the holidays.

Divinity can be finicky, so be sure to read all my tips and tricks on how to make divinity candy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Be Patient. When the recipe states to beat the mixture for 6 minutes, do that. Don’t rush it. Don’t skip a single minute.
  • Stand Mixer. While a handheld mixture may work, most people find a stand mixer to not only be more convenient, the higher power is needed for this longer run!
  • Watch the humidity. Don’t attempt to make these on a humid day. Much like meringue cookies, this Divinity candy recipe won’t set up properly.
  • Candy thermometer. Use it! And make sure while you are boiling the mixture, the bulb of the candy thermometer is completely covered with liquid and is not touching the bottom or side of the pan.
  • Vanilla extract. Using my homemade vanilla extract or store bought extract works great. Make sure it’s PURE and not immitation, you want that flavor to stand out. Almond extract is great too!
Dollops of divinity candy on parchment paper.

Recipe FAQs

How do I make sure my candy thermometer is working properly?

Check your candy thermometer before using it, to make sure it’s calibrated correctly. To do this, place your thermometer in boiling water for a few minutes. It should register at 212° If it is above or below that, add or subtract the same difference in degrees from the recipe temperature!

How long does it take divinity to set?

Anywhere from 1-2 hours for divinity to set properly.

How do you store Divinity candy?

Store divinity candy in airtight container at room temperature. I use parchment paper between layers.

Divinity candy with pecans.

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Yield: 4 dozen

Divinity Candy

Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Set Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Divinity Candy is a Southern classic. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on this chewy, soft vanilla treat packed with crunchy pecans!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-2 tsp pure Vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 (or almond).
  4. 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.
  5. 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. ENJOY

Notes

  • Be Patient. When the recipe states to beat the mixture for 6 minutes, do that. Don't rush it. Don't skip a single minute.
  • Stand Mixer. While a handheld mixture may work, most people find a stand mixer to not only be more convenient, the higher power is needed for this longer run!
  • Watch the humidity. Don't attempt to make these on a humid day. Much like meringue cookies, this Divinity candy recipe won't set up properly.
  • Candy thermometer. Use it! And make sure while you are boiling the mixture, the bulb of the candy thermometer is completely covered with liquid and is not touching the bottom or side of the pan.
  • Vanilla extract. Using my homemade vanilla extract or store bought extract works great. Make sure it's PURE and not immitation, you want that flavor to stand out. Almond extract is great too!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

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Divinity Candy recipe is a Southern classic. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on this chewy, soft vanilla treat packed with crunchy pecans!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on November 5, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this for some Christmas gifts. I followed the directions, which were awesome and it came out perfect. I live in Florida, but turned the air down to take out any extra humidity and maybe that helped. Who knows. Best divinity I’ve had in ages.

  2. Oh my!!! This brings back the memory of my Mom standing in the kitchen making divinity every Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! She loved to bake and make candy from scratch! Brought a tear to my eye.
    I love your recipes, I use them so much! I just wanted to say Thank-you for sharing them, it’s very kind of you!
    Terry

  3. Very good instructions , follow them to the t, came out perfect, I live in Florida so it’s always humid, and it was sprinkling at the time I was making this,, but they came out great,, thanks for the recipe

  4. This was my first shot at making Divinity and I must say it came out just perfect!  This is due to your excellent instructions!!  I have always love divinity but never had the guts to make it.  Thanks for the recipe and great, detailed instructions.

  5. Beating until it looses its shine is the best tip ever. If it’s still glossy it will not set up and will be sticky. Wish I had known this before making my first batch. Thanks for the tip.

      1. If your candy starts to set up while you are trying to place it on the surface add a few drops of hot water and mix

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