Divinity is an old fashioned Southern confection made from egg whites, corn syrup, and sugar. You will love the sweet soft texture of this classic holiday treat that is perfect for sharing with friends and neighbors.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved and just reached a boil.
Continue to cook, without stirring, until the sugar reaches 260° Fahrenheit, about 8-10 minutes.
While the sugar is cooking, beat the egg whites in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment until stiff peaks are formed.
When the sugar has reached the proper temperature, remove it from heat and slowly pour it into the egg whites while whipping. Be sure to add the hot sugar very slowly, it should take 2-3 minutes to completely add all the sugar.
Continue to beat the candy for another 6-8 minutes until the candy starts to lose its glossiness and begins to hold it’s shape.
Shape the Divinity
You can test some of the candy for doneness by taking a spoonful and scraping it onto the parchment lined baking sheet. It should hold it’s shape in the mound, if it sinks you need to continue to mix it for another couple minutes.
When the candy has reached the desired consistency, fold in your vanilla and pecans.
Working quickly while the candy is hot, get two spoons to form the divinity. Use one to grab about 1 tablespoon size scoop, and use the other spoon to scrape the candy onto the parchment paper. Continue forming drops of divinity until the batter is all gone.
Allow the candy to cool completely before eating. Divinity candy takes anywhere from 1-2 hours to set properly.