Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Mothers Divinity

My Mother was a great cook and she came from a long history of great southern cooks. She like any good cook had her favorite things that she liked  to make. She loved sweets and she loved making candy at Christmas and of course we all loved eating it. One of her favorites that we all looked forward to was her Divinity. In honor of my Mother at this Christmas Time I am pleased to present her Divinity.

My Mothers Divinity at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Divinity Melts In Your Mouth

My Mother wrote her own recipe book in a spiral notebook. It had an index and the Divinity is found on page 33 of the Green Spiral. When she filled the book she wrote BOOK FINISHED in big letters on the front.

My Mothers Divinity at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

 The Original Recipe In My Mothers Handwriting


My Mothers
Miz Helen's Kitchen 
Yield 1 1/2 pounds
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cold or hot water
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Combine sugar, syrup, and water in a saucepan and stir over low hear until granulated sugar dissolves.
  • Cook until candy thermometer registers 260 degrees or until it reaches the very hard ball stage.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Pour hot mixture very slowly over whites, beating constantly, continue beating until mixture becomes very stiff and loses its glossy appearance.
  • Beat a few strokes by hand to improve texture and add the vanilla.
  • Drop by large  spoonfuls (tablespoon) onto waxed paper and allow to dry.
My Mothers Divinity at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Boil Sugar, Syrup, and Water to Hard Ball Stage

My Mothers Divinity at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Pour Hot Mixture into beating Egg Whites

My Mothers Divinity at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Drop onto Wax Paper to Dry

Making memories with food is part of our family history. My Mother passed away just right before her 91st birthday, or as she would have said in her 91st year. We still miss her but we have the wonderful memories of her and the awesome food legacy that she left us. I hope that you are making food memories with your family this Christmas and that you enjoy our Divinity. Thank you for stopping by to see us and don't forget your Tin of Divinity. Hurry back...
Peace and Joy


  1. Already made the divinity this year and Grandmother's voice echos in my mind throughout the entire process....great post MOM

  2. This looks great! I would like to try to make it and share with my family on Christmas. After they dry, do you eat them right away? Is it best to store in the fridge or at room temp?
    Thank You :-)
    Laurie D.

  3. A wonderful sharing - thank you for sharing your post in her honor.

  4. I haven't made Divinity in years. Thanks for the recipe and the reminder. You are so lucky to have your mother's recipes, and in book form.

  5. Dear Helen, merry christmas and happy new year to you and your family!

  6. i have such fond memories of this growing up too. my parents made it all of the time and never had a problem. i made a batch earlier today and it worked fine. but I just made a 2nd batch and it flopped. even though the ingredient list is identical to yours, mine says to cook to 248, pour in 1/2 of hot syrup. then cook rest until 272 and then pour that in...guess what happened? there are chunks of crunchy in it...i also made it pink and used almond flavor instead. that works...but i might try your one temp method.

  7. Have not heard of Divinity before. Looks really special. Your mom really have such nice, neat handwriting. Personal handwritten recipe books passed down to the next generation is really priceless. Thank you for sharing your mom's lovely recipe. Have a lovely day!

  8. Helen, those kinds of recipes should So be treasured. My mother-in-law let me copy her mother's book of recipes - I love it. I've made her mother's maple pudding for her, to give her a dose of nostalgia. (it contains no maple - a recipe consisting of merely cornstarch, water, and brown sugar with walnuts and whipped cream on top) Divinity brings back memories for me. I remember my mother making it once or twice - but I more specifically remember the recipe coming from the red and white checkered cookbook (is that Better Homes and Gardens?). That book was THE book to refer to for holiday baking. Thanks for the memories.

  9. I wish my mom was a cook, I'd love to something like that. It's just not in my genes I guess. I m certainly trying to create recipes to pass down to my .... daughters in law i guess. :)

    That sounds so good, I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Now these look scrumptious!!! Thanks for sharing!

    I'd love for you to share them at What's Cooking Wednesday this week :)

  11. How wonderful to have this in your mother's hand writing! My mom loves good divinity too!

  12. Hi Miz Helen! I love, love, love divinity! I've only tried making it once with a good friend of mine and we totally failed;0) I haven't tried since! Thanks for sharing this special recipe with us! Merry Christmas to you!

  13. That's so beautiful! That you have her recipes in her handwriting is so lovely, it really touched me.

  14. What a fabulous story, and fantastic recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a joyous Christmas!

  15. This so reminds me of my grandma! I haven't had divinity in ages. My candy thermometer conked out or I would make it today.. :(

    Have a Merry CHRISTmas!

  16. I haven't had divinity for years! My grandmother used to make it for us each year for Christmas. It looks simpler to make then I expected, I'll have to give it a try. I'd love to have you share your recipe at Delicious Dishes link party on Balance Today.

  17. You just made me homesick. My dad makes divinity every year and I could almost taste it as i read your post.

  18. Oh YUMMMY!! I'm afraid if I make it no one will have a shot at it, in fear I may bite their hand off :)

  19. Hi Miz Helen,
    Thanks for stopping by. Can you believe this Texas weather for Christmas? My daughter had on shorts today! Lord Have Mercy... we just want it to feel like winter for a few days ;-)
    I love your recipe card written by your Mom. I have a box from my Great Aunt EvaLee and every so often I find one stuck in there from my Grandmother. It is a box of treasures for sure.
    Blessings to you this Christmas

  20. I with Lana on the Texas weather I took the kids
    to the park in shorts! Thank you so much for sharing this Divinity recipe I think it's good to
    pass this on to future generations

  21. This is such a touching post. I am also trying to carry on the cooking traditions of my family. My mom has handed down some wonderful recipes and even some of her old books. I think keeping these family traditions going is VERY important.

    Divinity is my father's absolute favorite. Tried to make it last year but yours looks SO much better. I'll have to try your version next year. Adding it to my recipe file!

  22. Just to say I am about to make this very soon.
    Your candy was so pretty, I pinned it. :))

  23. Your mother had beautiful handwriting! I wish my recipe cards looked so good. I love divinity and will have to try this recipe. My MIL made it every year. She said it had to be made on a high-pressure day, kinda like sponge candy does. She always added pecans. I'm glad you reminded me of it.♥

  24. all time fav..yummy.
    BTW plz viist my space n check out my new FB page.Thanks in advance..

  25. My grandmother made this every year at Christmas. I always helped her, but never learned the recipe. I'm attempting to make it this year with your recipe! I hope it turns out like I remember. Thanks!

  26. My mother in law made peanut butter divinity...and I cannot find her recipe anywhere. Do you know of one? Sheila


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