Greg's Mom's Divinity
-from Sandy C.
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
- 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
Beat eggwhite in a large bowl until stiff; set
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.