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Mrs. Floyd's Divinity

Yield 4 dozen (1 3/4 pounds)
Divinity is a classic candy make with granulated sugar, corn syrup, and stiffly beaten egg white. With the addition of chopped pecans, this divinity is crunchy, fluffy, and simply divine.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Garnish: toasted pecan halves

How to Make It

  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves and a candy thermometer registers 248° (about 15 minutes). Remove syrup mixture from heat.

  2. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Pour half of hot syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly at high speed, about 5 minutes.

  3. Cook remaining half of syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer registers 272° (about 4 to 5 minutes). Slowly pour hot syrup and vanilla extract over egg white mixture, beating constantly at high speed until mixture holds its shape (about 6 to 8 minutes). Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.

  4. Drop mixture quickly by rounded teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Garnish, if desired. Cool.