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Peppermint Divinity

This light and airy divinity is like a bit of heaven on earth! It keeps well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + standing
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional

Directions

  • Place egg whites in a large stand mixer bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line three 15x10x1-in. pans with waxed paper; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage). Just before the temperature is reached, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly pour hot sugar mixture in a thin stream over egg whites, beating constantly. Add vanilla. Beat until candy loses its gloss and holds its shape, about 5-6 minutes. Immediately stir in crushed candies and food coloring if desired. (Do not overmix, or candy will get stiff and crumbly.)
  • Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand at room temperature overnight or until dry to the touch. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Editor’s Note: We recommend making this candy on a clear day with low humidity.

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