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Grandma’s Divinity

Every Christmas my grandmother and I made divinity, just the two of us. I still make it every year. —Anne Clayborne, Walland, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    1-1/2 pounds (60 pieces)


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line three 15x10x1-in. pans with waxed paper.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup; bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 252° (hard-ball stage). Just before the temperature is reached, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly add hot sugar mixture in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly and scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add vanilla. Beat until candy holds its shape, 5-6 minutes. (Do not overmix or candy will get stiff and crumbly.) Immediately fold in pecans.
  • Quickly drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand at room temperature until dry to the touch. Store between waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature.
Editor's Note
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 61 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


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  • Lesa
    Jan 28, 2021

    It turns out great as long as you pour the hot syrup mixture very slow and in a thin stream.

  • MelissaJ75
    Dec 22, 2020

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I've tried others and they didn't turn out. After seeing this one I realize the others didn't have all the details I needed. I just made it for Christmas Eve and they look great!

  • Christine
    Dec 19, 2020

    I made this last year and it tasted great. However, I destroyed my stand mixer because it was too thick to mix. I wasn't strong enough to do it by hand. It set perfectly but there was no way to do it for 5 to 6 minutes. What did I do wrong?

  • Sandra
    Dec 4, 2020

    I made this was a partial cloudy day but dry and it turned out perfectly! I am so happy and I will be giving some of this as Christmas gifts! ??

  • Joyce
    Sep 6, 2020

    I made divinity with my grandmother, too. Just the two of us. Great times. I t hink our divinity was this base recipe + crushed candy canes.

  • Donna
    Sep 6, 2020

    Like my Grandma's recipe, but she always used black walnuts, I do the same

  • KatrinaBurks
    Sep 5, 2020

    Just like I remember my great grandma and grandma teaching me back in the day. We also made homemade peanut brittle and buttermilk pies as well as chocolate, lemon and cherry pies. I also was taught how to COOK. REAL FOOD. Not the instant stuff. My daughter learned from me how to cook. I'm a old Kentucky lady. So I enjoy food. Little short fat girl.

  • FRED
    Dec 16, 2019

    In my youth I helped Granny make mountains of Divinity. She always said "don't make Divinity on rainy days." Thank you.

  • tindalc
    Dec 24, 2018

    This recipe is quick and easy. It turned out delicious, just like my Mom used to make!! I opted to use diced candied cherries instead of pecans. My Mom often used diced gumdrops in hers. Whatever you choose to add or add nothing at all, it will be yummy!

  • Kathy
    Oct 25, 2018

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