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

Easy Christmas Divinity 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

Divinity 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.  Enjoy! 
Note: To clean glass bowl you used in microwave soak in warm soapy water immediately after emptying sugar mixture.
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5 from 9 votes

Easy Christmas Divinity

This microwave divinity is always a hit!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: candy
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: Easy Christmas Divinity
Servings: 25 pieces
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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


  • 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


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

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  1. The easiest recipe ever. I’m so glad I found your recipe years ago. I’ll never make it any other way. Thank you!!!5 stars

    • I’ve made these quite some time ago when I had a microwave my has got to be replaced over my stove until then is there a way that I can make some of these candies what’s a double boiler pot I threw the oven I am lost without the microwave aren’t we spoiled!
      Tks. Average so much if someone out there knows how to do it without the microwave please let me know
      [email protected]

    • Success with two bathes in a row. This is what worked with my micowave. First 5 minutes on high then 4 minutes on high. Beat four minutes.

  2. I will never use another recipe. Thank you sooo much!! Can’t wait to spoil my friends at Christmas!5 stars

  3. Easiest recipe ever!!! Definitely a keeper.5 stars

  4. Daphne Reynolds says:

    First time ever making Divinity. Followed recipe exactly and it came out perfect. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  5. My mom can never make here’s turn out when she is in Northern Virginia. She thinks it’s the humidity… Even in winter.

  6. Leanne Andrews says:

    Hello and Merry Christmas! I wonder if cooking the syrup in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup would work in the microwave? I think that might make it easier for me (I’m very clumsy) to pour the syrup while beating the egg whites. Does the mixture literally boil and do you think it would boil over in that size of container? I’ve decided to finally attempt to make Divinity in honor of my Mom. I believe she put walnuts in hers and I also seem to remember her beating it by hand (!!!) I don’t have a stand mixer, so I hope my hand mixer is up for the challenge!

  7. Leanne Andrews says:

    Is it possible it was humid outside? A dry day is a requirement for successful candy making.

  8. Kim Simmermon says:

    So Disappointed:/…..Love my mother’s old fashioned divinity but I never wanted to go to the effort. Tried your recipe…definitely followed, hard ball was achieved and let it rest. Egg whites stiff, but wow I beat for a good 15 minutes and it felt kinda firmed up in the bowl but it spread out in little puddles on the wax paper. Wasted sugar :/

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So sorry it didn’t work for you Kim, as you can see from the other comments on this recipe, many people have had success with this divinity. Not every recipe works for every body, can’t imagine what went wrong.

  9. Darlene Fielding says:

    What size glass casserole do you use? Is square or round better? I figure round.

  10. Can you explain the hard ball stage with water being dropped. I’m not quite understanding and I’ve never made divinity before.

  11. I live at 7500 feet elevation…do you know if there are any issues with making this at high elevation? I have had to adapt some things when I bake. Wondering if this would be one of those things?

  12. 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!5 stars

  13. yes! can’t wait to try this out!

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  15. wanda duckworth says:

    How long will this keep and if you freeze it does it dry back out and not stck together

  16. what kind of flavor do you use , if you want banana or peppermint?

  17. Just made it, hoping I beat it long enough to firm up. I will say licking the beaters was pretty good 🙂

  18. Does this do well in humid weather? I live in the Houston area and my recipe will not

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I live in Kentucky, Janet, and it does get humid here but I only make it around Christmas time and it is usually cold when I do. I have made it when it was raining with no problem though. I don’t think it would make a difference.

  19. We made this Divinity recipe by boiling the sugar pm the stove using the drop in water for the hard ball. Finally, after 2 other failed recipes, it worked!! I believe the resting of the syrup was the final trick we needed. Perfect ♡ Thank you 🙂

  20. I never write for recipes I have tried but I had to write and thank you for this one. I have been married for almost 45 years. Divinity has always been my husbands favorite but I could never make it. I am a baker and when my boss wanted me to make it at the bakery it was a big failure! This recipe is wonderful! My husband and I are so excited waiting for it to cool. I had to beat mine for almost 10 minutes before it would start to set up but I think that was because of my metal mixing bowl holding the heat. Thank you again!

  21. Tried making DIVINITY when I was younger, the weather was right but it still turned out as goop :(. Just tried this recipe and it turned out PERFECT! I was sad it didn’t make a lot, I got 12 pieces out of it. But as soon as everything finishes soaking I’ll make some more! Thank you for this super easy, super yummy recipe!5 stars

  22. 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.5 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you for the kind comment! I am so glad it worked for you!! Enjoy!

      • I don’t have a microwave. Any instructions or tips if I want to make this on stove top. I’ve never done divinty but have made other candies and old fashioned Hershey fudge.

      • The Southern Lady says:

        This recipe is for the microwave only. Sorry, I don’t have one on the site for the stove top.

      • Rebecca Sagona says:

        I cooked this on the stove and it’s perfect! I had to use an equal measure of honey because I was out of corn syrup. The key to cooking on the stove is this: watch for the sugar syrup to rapidly bubble up and then set a timer for 8 minutes. I kept stirring the mixture until the 2 minute mark and then whipped the egg whites. When the timer goes off, it’s time to add the sugar mixture and vanilla to the beaten egg whites. Thank you for this recipe! ❤️

      • The Southern Lady says:

        Hello Rebecca, so glad this worked so well for you! I am so pleased to hear this. You are very welcome. Enjoy!

  23. Eliazbeth Porter says:

    Can you use sugar substitute?

  24. Barbara Marona says:

    I can’t believe I made divinity in the microwave!!!! I am not a fan of microwaves. It came out perfect. I made some last week and it did not turn out right. The old fashioned way. This is the way to go. Yay for me..5 stars

  25. Double the nuts and use pecans only and you have a wowser! I have been making this recipe for years and I have people asking me for it around the holidays. The teaspoon of vanilla is mandatory. I won’t even buy divinity in shops because there is no comparison.

  26. DOn’t the egg whites need to be cooked or am I reading it wrong?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      No, you don’t cook the egg whites, Beverly. The sugar mixture will be hot enough to take care of that when you combine the two.

  27. Mine did not work! My microwave is 1200 watts. Do you think maybe the extra wattage made the difference? cooked to much? It registered hard crack stage. I read where yours was 1000 watts
    Any help would be appreciated. Yours looks so pretty and I am sure it must be delicious.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      The only thing I can tell you is to try cooking it not as long and just watch to make sure it does not burn. Also, people say to not make it on a rainy day but that does not seem to matter when I make it. I have made it for years with no problems. It is kind of trial and error I guess until you get the hang of it.

      • I make the old fashion hard way every Christmas and can’t wait to try…. I also make no matter what the weather is…. If weather is humid or damp you remove a tablespoon of water from recipe….

    • I think I will stick with my receipts that I got many years ago, & it has never failed me

  28. Make it on a sunny day!!

  29. This is the best divinity recipe I have ever used! I was worried because I live in a high altitude in the mountains of NM. I followed it exactly. 5 minutes then 4 minutes and beat it with my stand mixture for 4 minutes. My husband loved it and it brightened up our holidays! Thank you “The Southern Lady”5 stars

  30. Sue LaFollette says:

    I am 48 years old, and never attempted divinity. MY grams used to stir it by hand and use a thermometer…that never interested me. This recipe is the BOMB!!!! Easy…just like it says! I did however use a standing mixer so I could handle everything better. Thank you thank you! Will make again!!

  31. Instead of dropping from a spoon can I put in a pastry bag?

  32. My mother made divine divinity. I have tried her recipe countless times since her death 30 years ago. I even use the same heavy crockery bowl she used. I’ve made a mess every time, ending up with a bowl of sweet soup or with a big block of white granite. Then I cry for my mother. I’m sure she would blame my failures on the electric mixer, since she amazingly whipped hers by hand!!!

    With renewed hope, I will try your recipe in a few days. However, I’ll keep my box of Kleenex handy, for I’m sure my mother will be putting the whammy on divinity beaten with an electric mixer AND cooked in a microwave, a contraption which she deigned to have in her kitchen.

  33. The Southern Lady says:

    This comment came from a 15 year old who made this recipe for the first time, Carla: I am 15 & this was the first time I ever tried to make Divinity & it was easy & it turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. If you follow the recipe this one should be really easy for anyone.

    • Can I cook the sugar mixture in a pot? I have a pot from my grandmother that is only used to make candy. By the way I am 59 years old, so you that pot must be old old old.

  34. I started making divinity 40 years ago- I learned from an expert that high humidity in the kitchen or house can add to the way it turns out- also when pouring the syrup into the egg whites the thinner and slower you pour it the fluffier and better it turns out

  35. Vicki Rancher says:

    Can you use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried it with brown sugar.

      • Sandra Newton says:

        This is in reply to using brown sugar instead of white sugar. I have a “Meringue” cookbook and it has a recipe that uses white and brown sugar in both the meringue and the plum filling but I don’t see any that use only brown sugar.

  36. Great Recipe AND easy!!! I made and it was loved by everyone. Turned into highest demanded recipe..

  37. I am 15 & this was the first time I ever tried to make Divinity & it was easy & it turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

  38. seattlesandra says:

    I just finished making this divinity and it turned out just great! I liked the suggestion of putting each drop into a nut cup. I would do it after I already “dropped” them because, being my first time making it, I was a little clumsy handling them. Also, I should’ve used a larger bowl for the egg whites and smaller one – or one with a handle – for the sugar mixture. It was hard to handle the egg white bowl moving all over the counter and trying to pour the hot sugar mixture into it. I’m covered with spun sugar 🙂 but it is delish. Any suggestions for my bowl issue? Thanks.

  39. I’m excited to try this recipe. My mom used to make heavenly divinity the old fashion way & I don’t have the touch or patience. This sounds like a great solution. Thanks!

  40. I have used this recipe for the last 2 years..The best and easiest Divinity I have ever made! Thanks Judy!

  41. This is the fastest,
    best tasting candy ever! Thank you so much!!!!!

  42. I have been looking for this recipe for years!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH

  43. Forrest Ann Jordan says:

    Sorry…..mine failed! I think it was human error. Will give it another try though.

  44. (Regarding traditional divinity) My mother and grandmother always told me that you have to make it on a sunny and clear day. Otherwise it won’t set up properly. Every time that my mother have made it on a semi cloudy day, it would be flat and crumble apart.

  45. I feel like a dummy but what do you mean by “when a little is dropped in cold water?”

  46. This is an awesome recipe

  47. The Southern Lady says:

    My microwave is 1,000 watts Patsy and I use this recipe. Just take out and check if you think it is going to burn.

    • Ok I have made candy for years. I tried this 2 times. The first it was like a rock,and only did it last cooking 41/2 minutes. So I just tried to reduce my last cooking time and it will not set. Going back to my stove top where I can ck my hard ball drops and know exactly when it’s time to put into egg whites. Hope the rest of you have better luck.

  48. I love divinity I use to make it but I lost my recipe thanks for sharing it!!!!

  49. Janet Haynes says:

    I’m allergic to corn. What is a good alternative to karo or corn syrup?

    • Might try Karo syrup or make your own sugar cane syrup. Heating equal parts water and granulated white sugar, example: 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar, heat until it reduces down to a thick syrup. Let cool. Be careful not to burn it, then it will be too brown.

    • Golden syrup is a glucose based syrup used in England. It is fairly similar to corn syrup.

  50. I always add a few chopped maraschino cherries to the last divinity in mixing bowl so divinity didn’t get too dry. Plus gives nice color & mild flavor

  51. Karo syrup

  52. Rosa Jacquard Bood says:

    I’m not sure what the recipe means by “beat until it holds together”. I’m new at making Divinity;would you please explain how I will know when I’ve beaten it enough? Thank you !!!

  53. Me and my granddaughter tried to make this divinity.. Unfortuneately it came out rather soft. I think I know what happened though.. We shoulda whipped it longer.. Is there a way to trouble shoot the recipe to make it a little harder?? I will make it again until I get it right!!

  54. After mixing it for quite a while with no success, I put it in the fridge for a short time and then mixed it more. It came together well after that!

  55. I have made this 2 times now and they turn out great I used almond flavoring instead of the vanilla

  56. Mixer….do you use a hand mixer with this recipe?

  57. ive never had this stuff before what does it taste like?

  58. Could Splenda be used instead of sugar?

  59. Ceresa Rodwell says:

    My Grandmother used to add marashino cherries (chopped) to hers do you think they will work in this? Thanks! Any tips on adding the cherries?

  60. most divinity needs to be made when it is not raining and the humidity is low…..other wise it could flop. Still tastes good, just looks a lil on the flat side.

  61. Cheryl Martin says:

    went on a trek today to find divinity. First stop, Walmart, They always have it at the Holidays right?? It is no where. Second stop, walgreens. No luck there either. Decided to try this, and it was super easy. Just like I remember it 🙂 Thank you for sharing!!!!

    • Tried the Walmart and Walgreen’s BIG disappointment very unusual flavor. to many preservatives. Stick to making yourself.

  62. Thank You for this recipe. My mother made this for years , and only made it if the sun was shinning and very cold outside. I wish she was here to try it in the microwave. I will be trying this out soon, and wish me good luck that it works.

  63. I like to add candy flavoring that they sell in little 1-dram bottles at the drugstore. They’re available at many drugstores or online in many flavors; my favorite is Butter Rum. You can also drop them into those tablespoon-sized nut cups instead of onto wax paper. Makes them a lot neater and the serving size is just right.

  64. I put a half of pecan nut or half of an English walnut on mine says:

    I always put an English Walnut nut on top of each peice of candy or you could use one half of pecan nut

  65. when a little is dropped in cold water so what does this mean?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You just take a few drops and drop it in cold water. If it turns hard in the water where you can pick it up and it is hard between your fingers, it is at the hard ball stage or you can use a candy thermometer and cook to that stage on the thermometer.

  66. Demonell Stevenson says:

    Sounds good.

  67. Mary Grissom says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe .Im gonna try it .

  68. always wanted an easy recipe. thanks.

  69. Looks delicious

  70. In high humidity just reduce the water by 2 or 3 tablespoons. Should be fine.

  71. I have made divinity for over 50 years, when it is sticky I let it sit in the mixer bowl about a hour to let it dry out a little. when it dries out you can drop it off of a spoon

  72. sounds good, but what wattage mircrowave are u using? and if its a 700 watt, would u first cook it longer than five min?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Mine is a 1000 watt. You just need to keep an eye on it that it does not start to burn and maybe cook a minute longer.

  73. Never made divinity before, but this looks so easy! I think I will try this for Christmas!

  74. I make this often and always use clear vanilla flavoring which you can purchase almost anywhere. This is one way of making sure it doesn’t turn tan or brown, etc.

  75. Sharron Horton says:

    You can use clear vanilla too, if you don’t want the ‘caramel-ish’ color.

  76. I have never made it in the microwave, but am going to give it a try as soon as I buy some Karo Syrup. I have made divinity for over 30 years, some times it turns out perfect and other times not. Humidity does play a large role in turn out. I love divinity and will let you know how mine turns out when I get a chance to try this recipe. Love your recipes.

  77. I bought some Divinity, back yrs. ago from the amish. It had been droped by a spoon . They had put strawberry Jello in it , Just dry out of the box. It was very good,and not sticky. I guess one could use any flavor Jello that they may like. All so I do not know if it was the same recipe that you have here or not.

  78. this is far most the easiest reciepe for divinity!!! made some for Christmas for the family and it was a hit!!! made some just a few minutes ago for us so yummie !!!!

  79. Frances Horne says:

    I have made the recipe 4 times in the last 10 days. Mine was a little sticky until the last time. I beat the mixture a minute longer to which helped. Love the receipt & my family & friends do too.

  80. Frances Horne says:

    I tried the Divinity recipe today & it turned out beautiful. I dropped it by teaspoon fulls on the wax paper & did use the wooden spoon. After it had firmed up I went back & shaped it to have a smoother finish. Excellent recipe!!!!!! Thanks so much for posting it.

  81. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I definitely want to make some for gifts! It looks so good!

  82. My Mother used to worry about the humidity when making these! I wish she could see how easy these are to make now. I miss my Mother!

  83. What wattage is your microwave?

  84. Lyndon Johnson says:

    Delicious!!!!!! <3

  85. Are the pecans (or nuts in general) optional by chance? If so, will these turn out differently if they are not added; meaning consistency or texture change?

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