This year I decided to add a little treat to the Christmas table. It was divinity! This candy is so easy to make and most likely you already have all the ingredients in your pantry.
Basic Divinity Recipe
2-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine sugar, light corn syrup, and water.
Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take 5 to 7 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
Cook over medium heat, without stirring, till thermometer register 260 degrees, hard-ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching hard-ball stage should take about 15 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer from saucepan. In a large mixer bowl, immediately beat egg whites with a sturdy, freestanding electric mixer on medium speed till stiff peaks form.
Gradually pour hot mixture in a thin stream over egg whites, beating with the electric mixer on high speed and scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. This should take about 3 minutes.
Add vanilla. Continue beating on high speed. When beaters are lifted, mixture should fall in a ribbon, but mound on itself and not disappear into remaining mixture.
Drop a spoonful of the mixture onto waxed paper.
If it stays mounded in a soft shape, it is beaten properly. Immediately stir in nuts. Quickly drop the remaining mixture from a teaspo0n onto waxed paper. NOTE: If mixture flattens, beat 1/2 to 1 minute more; check again. If mixture is stiff to spoon and has a rough surface, beat in HOT WATER, a few drops at a time, till it is a softer consistency. Store tightly covered. Makes about 40 pieces.