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 Greg's Mom's Divinity

-from Sandy C.

Divinity Candy, image from Wiki Recipes 

I worked for a time as a teacher's aide at a local grammar school, where a 4th grade boy named Greg developed a crush on me. We lived on the same street and whenever the opportunity arose we would walk home together so he could protect me. He really was very sweet.

Just before Christmas that year he brought some divinity to school and gave me a piece of it. Of course I praised it and thanked him (it really was very good!) and was surprised early that evening to find him at my front door with a scrap of paper upon which his mother had inscribed the recipe. Now, that's devotion! I invited him in and my husband and I shared a cup of hot chocolate with him, chatting about Christmasy things. I wonder if, all these years later, he remembers that?

I never did learn his mother's name, but here's to Greg and his mom, wherever they may be!

Image source: Wiki Recipes


INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C white corn syrup
  • 1/2 C chopped nut meats
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 stiffly beaten egg white
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Beat eggwhite in a large bowl until stiff; set aside.

Boil water, sugar and syrup in a saucepan, stirring constantly (but gently). This mixture is done when it reaches 235° or when it forms a soft ball when a spoonful is dropped into cold water.

Slowly pour the mixture over the beaten eggwhite, beating vigorously and continually until it is all mixed.

Add vanilla, nuts and a pinch of salt; mix in thoroughly. A few drops of red or green food coloring may be added if desired. Beat vigorously until mixture is very stiff, then drop by teaspoonsful onto waxed paper. Decorate each candy with a whole pecan on top.

NOTE: Don't try this on rainy or drizzly days. Humidity during preparation can affect the quality of divinity. For a batch to be successful, the humidity must be low enough for the candy to dry properly. It should be dry to the touch.

Makes approximately 35 to 40 pieces.

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