Dee Dee’s Divinity Recipe

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With the holidays in full swing, I’ve been on a mission to get some holiday creativity going. You might have seen my latest DIY, the Potty Barn Knockoff Peace Sign, or maybe you saw my DIY Wood Ornaments, but the point is, I’m in full blown holiday mode! The only thing missing are some holiday foods, but I fixed that when I finally got my Dee Dee’s Divinty recipe just right, after only three tries. ;)

divinity recipe

I’ve been on a little bit of a mission lately to revive my old recipes from my grandma, who we lovingly refer to as Dee Dee. These recipes have been hiding in my cabinets for far too long and it was time to change that. Food was always one of the best parts about visiting their house and my brothers and I always remember how well fed we were when we were there. 

As I was going through them, and talking to my brothers about their favorite ones, my oldest brother said, “Make sure you find the divinity recipe. That was one of my favorite things about the holidays.” 

I found it and couldn’t wait to whip that right up. The only problem was I had never made candy before. Apparently, I needed a candy thermometer and that was something this recipe didn’t mention, considering it was typed up in the 1950s, and probably didn’t even exist. 


I love seeing Dee Dee’s handwriting and knowing this was once in her hands.

I started thinking I might have bitten off a little more than I could chew, but I always love a challenge, so I bought that candy thermometer, which is pretty cheap, and the rest of my ingredients. 

divinity recipe

It took me three attempts at the recipe, but I think I finally got it right. 

divinity recipe

The first time I tried it, I didn’t let my candy mixture get hot enough, and the second time, I didn’t beat the mixture long enough, which left me with puddles, instead of candies that held their shape. The third time was definitely a charm! :)

Dee Dee's Divinity Recipe
Yields 2
A southern candy perfect for the holidays or any time of the year, really!
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1960 calories
416 g
0 g
36 g
17 g
5 g
636 g
176 g
334 g
0 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1960
Calories from Fat 296
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 176mg
Total Carbohydrates 416g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 334g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 c sugar
  2. 3/4 c light corn syrup (I used Karo)
  3. 3/4 c cold water
  4. 3 egg whites
  5. 3/4 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 c nuts
  1. 1. Place sugar, water, and corn syrup in a sauce pan, and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  2. 2. Once sugar dissolves, stop stirring, and wait for syrup mixture to reach 250 degrees on candy thermometer.
  3. 3. As the mixture gets close to reaching the desired temperature, start beating your egg whites, continuously.
  4. 4. When your sugar mixture reaches the hard ball stage at 250-260 degrees, SLOWLY pour half of the mixture in to beaten egg whites bowl. Continue beating, constantly.
  5. 5. Return the remainder the mixture to the stove and raise the heat to 280 degrees on your candy thermometer.
  6. 6. When that temperature has been reached, SLOWLY pour the remainder of the mixture in, as well, all while still beating.
  7. 7. You will continue beating the mixture for at least 5 minutes. Once thick, you can add vanilla and nuts.
  8. 8. Beat until it loses the glossy look and holds its shape when dropped from the spoon onto paper.
  9. 9. Drop from spoon onto a greased paper in pieces about the size of a large walnut.
  10. 10. Top the piece with pecan halves or several pecan pieces.
  11. 11. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes.
  1. The first time this recipe failed for me it was because I didn't get the temperature of my sugar mixture hot enough. The second time it failed was because I didn't beat the mixture long enough. This will need to be beaten for at least TEN minutes once everything is mixed together.
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divinity recipe

I think Dee Dee would be proud. :)

I seriously can’t stop eating these and I’ve been shocked at how delicious they are! This little guy can’t keep his fingers off of them, either!

divinity recipe


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  1. My Grandma used to make Divinity – I’ve never tried to make it though! Looks yummy!
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  2. Divinity is so hard to make. It would have taken me more than three batches, I think. Looks delicious and your photos are beautiful.
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  3. I will definitely try your recipe. There is nothing better than our grandma recipes!

  4. Divinity is really not hard to make. You just have to make sure your syurp is hot enough before you start pouring it into your egg whites. And be sure to mix it long enough. Sometimes it does not come out as good if you make it on a cloudy or rainy day.

  5. wonderful recipe. i have never had homemade divinity but i love the store bought kind!

  6. So funny we were on the same brain wave with divinity! Dee Dee would definitely be very proud!
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  7. Divinity is such a unique and tasty treat.

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