Peppermint Divinity Candy
Our family enjoys all types of candy for the holidays. I also like making candy as gifts. This year instead of making lots of different types, I stuck to just two. Divinity is the first candy we made this year. You just don’t see this one around very much anymore. It takes me back to when I was a little girl. You can replace the corn syrup with simple syrup. I have a recipe below for that. There are different types you can try. I like using crunched up candy canes in mine. You can add a couple of drops of mint extract instead of vanilla, chopped nuts, or just eat it plain.
Peppermint Divinity Candy
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. white corn syrup (you can use simple syrup if you can’t do corn syrup – recipe below*)
1/2 c. cold water
2 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 c. nuts (this is optional – we do chopped walnuts)
Heat the sugar, corn syrup and water over medium heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Stir to combine, but once the sugar is melted do not stir any longer. Using a candy thermometer, heat the mixture until it reaches 250º F, hard ball stage.
As the syrup is cooking, whip egg whites, along with a pinch of salt, until stiff peaks have formed.
When the sugar syrup has reached hard ball stage (250º F), remove it from the heat and begin to slowly pour it into the beaten egg whites, whipping together at a high speed.
Add the vanilla and continue whipping the mixture on high until it holds its shape and does not fall back onto itself, about 5-6 minutes or longer. I keep mixing on high until the mixture starts to loose its glossy look.. it should start to look dull white. While the candy is mixing place candy canes into a zip lock back and smash until the canes are small chunks. Once you are ready to stop the mixer, stir in the candy crunchies with a tablespoon just until just combined.
Using two teaspoons and working quickly, drop scoops of divinity onto sheets of waxed or parchment paper.
Allow the divinity to dry and harden. This usually takes a couple of hours to overnight. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
*Simple Syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
Place ingredients in a saucepan; stir until sugar is melted. Cool.