EASY CHRISTMAS DIVINITY

This easy Christmas divinity is so easy to make in the microwave and so good. You won’t ever make it any other way again! 

Easy Christmas Divinity - The Southern Lady Cooks

If you love this recipe you will also love our Microwave Peanut Brittle! It’s another one from the Sharp Carousel Cookbook! 

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS EASY RECIPE

This divinity is made in the microwave so what’s not to love?? If you haven’t tried making it this way, you should give it a go! This recipe makes a great gift, too. This recipe is adapted from a Sharp Carousel Microwave Cookbook that came with my first microwave many years ago. Divinity has been a family favorite for many years and it can be tricky to make. This divinity recipe has always worked for me. Please take some time and read all the comments on this recipe too, so many people have given tips on what works for them.

If you have never tried Divinity then you are probably wondering what it is? This is an old fashioned candy that is popular in the South. It’s hard to describe but I would say it’s similar to fudge, with marshmallow and nougat qualities. It’s dense and billowy at the same time, which doesn’t sound possible!

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

White granulated sugar – this is a must in most candy recipes. 

Light corn syrup – this is found in a lot of candy recipes and isnt something you can swap out in this one. 

Egg Whites – you will need 2 for this recipe. 

Vanilla extract – gives it that wonderful flavor. 

Pecans or nuts of your choice, chopped

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Microwave
Glass Bowl
Mixer
Saran Wrap
Parchment/wax paper

As you can see this candy is made with simple ingredients. Some people add food coloring to make it more festive for the occasion. Like we stated above divinity can be tricky to make but once you learn the consistency you need you will be making this every year. All microwaves have different wattage and I have made this in different ones, you just need to work with what you have and get the correct consistency.  Always use a glass bowl when making this candy and it will become very hot. Be very careful handling the bowl and the candy. NO PLASTIC

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

Be sure and get all your ingredients organized before you begin. Go ahead and line your baking sheet with wax paper.

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt in a glass casserole dish.  Cover with saran wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes

Step 2
Remove from microwave and take off saran wrap. Stir well and return to microwave uncovered.  Cook on high for another 4 to 5 minutes until reaches hard ball stage when a little is dropped in cold water. 

Step 3
Remove and cool about 4 minutes.  Beat egg whites until stiff with mixer.

Step 4
Pour sugar mixture over egg whites beating constantly with mixer until mixture starts to lose its gloss and holds together. 

Step 5
About 4 or 5 minutes.  Stir in vanilla and nuts.  Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper.  Makes about 25 pieces depending on size you make them

Easy Christmas Divinity - The Southern Lady Cooks

🥣HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN DIVINITY IS DONE

It’s tricky to know when old-fashioned divinity is done, but once you get the correct consistency, you will have no problem making this recipe. 

  • Drop a little in cold water and if it turns to hard ball then it’s at the right consistency. 
  • Drop a little on the parchment paper if it holds shape it is ready, if it slowly spreads or turns into a puddle it’t not ready. 

⭐TIP

Many people say you can’t make this candy when its humid out or raining. There are many opinions on this. We have made it on a humid/rainy day without problem…thats not to say that some don’t have issues. Here is a recent comment on that issue:

“Made this yesterday and it turned out perfect! The key is getting it hot enough. It was raining and still worked! Thank you for another fantastic recipe. I always come to your site first!” – Denise

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the texture of Divinity supposed to be?

It’s a cross between a meringue and a candy and when made well it’s light and fluffy. 

Why didn’t my divinity set up?

The biggest reason is the sugar wasn’t cooked long enough.

Easy Christmas Divinity - The Southern Lady Cooks

STORING AND REHEATING

It will last 10-14 in an airtight container. 

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TESTIMONIALS

 “I made this today and it turned out perfectly. I didn’t have Saran Wrap, so I used parchment paper instead. I have an 1100w microwave and cooked it 5 minutes and then 4 minutes. After adding the sugar mixture to the stiff egg whites, I had to beat it about 10-12 minutes to get it stiff enough.” – Ladonna

“Your recipe for divinity is easy to follow and turned out great. I will be adding a few drops of food coloring for the holidays.” – Linda 

“The easiest recipe ever. I’m so glad I found your recipe years ago. I’ll never make it any other way. Thank you!!” – Lorrie

“First time ever making Divinity. Followed recipe exactly and it came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe.” – Daphne

“Just made my first ever batch of Divinity using this recipe and it turned out perfect! Thank you for another great recipe that’s delicious and easy!” – Tenely Green

“I’ve made divinity all my loooong life and never…EVER…had it be so easy as yours…I just made a batch for gift giving and it is WONDERFUL. Thanks so so much.” – BJ

Easy Christmas Divinity

Judy Yeager
This Easy Christmas Divinity is made in the microwave. This recipe has so many 5 star ratings and is the best way to make divinity. Video included!
4.89 from 80 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course candy
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 25 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans or nuts of your choice chopped

Instructions
 

  • Combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt in a glass casserole dish.  Cover with saran wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove from microwave and take off saran wrap. Stir well and return to microwave uncovered.  Cook on high for another 4 to 5 minutes until reaches hard ball stage when a little is dropped in cold water.  Remove and cool about 4 minutes.  Beat egg whites until stiff with mixer.
  • Pour sugar mixture over egg whites beating constantly with mixer until mixture starts to lose its gloss and holds together.  About 4 or 5 minutes.  Stir in vanilla and nuts.  Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper.  Makes about 25 pieces depending on size you make them

Video

Notes

To clean glass bowl you used in microwave soak in warm soapy water immediately after emptying sugar mixture.
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