I like Valentine’s Day whether I’m single or in a relationship because I always indulge in divinity, a unique treat that you CANNOT buy at a grocery store, candy shop, online appliance store, or bakery. I make them for boyfriends, for “singles awareness day” girls nights, or for myself paired with the dessert wine, Moscato. They’re an original, thoughtful, and homemade delight–exactly what you need in a Valentine’s gift among all the prototypical red roses, box of chocolates, and heart candies.
In the rare moment that I see divinity in grocery stores, it’s usually only November or December, and the divinity’s white, nutty, or dry. The kind of divinity I enjoy is pink, fluffy, and nut-free. Divinity’s light and airy texture can be hard to master, because if you beat the egg whites one minute longer, it gets sticky and unmanageable, but one minute too short and it sinks and flattens. When you start boiling the sugar, you’ll need an especially intuitive range like Whirlpool’s 30” black freestanding electric range-and-oven combo available from Vann’s online appliance store. If you live in a dorm or small apartment, I recommend this portable induction burner, though you’ll need a stove pot pan, not the frying pan included. I’ve learned that you have to add the stiffly beaten egg whites to the sugar syrup VERY slowly, in a thin stream, as thin of a liquid stream as what travels up a coffee straw. Your excruciatingly slow pouring will pay off; believe me.
Humidity and heat can also be your foe in making divinity and if you live in such a climate, it’s suggested you beat for 5 more minutes, but again, minutes are estimates and you don’t know what works until you’ve messed up a few times. It’s one of those recipes you have to practice and learn from your mistakes. When you do it right, it will be truly divine–and should look like the picture above!
I store them in tupperware in the refrigerator or freezer, which you can conveniently find at Vann’s online appliance store. You can eat them at room temperature, but only after they’ve dried or refrigerated to solidify their shape. I recommend sticking your divinity dishes in the dishwasher immediately, because cleaning gets much stickier (literally) the longer they sit out.
4 cups sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
3/4 cup cold water
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Red food coloring
1.) In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir only until sugar has dissolved. Do not stir after this point. Cook syrup mixture until it reaches 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer, bringing it to a hard ball stage.
2.) While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Once the sugar mixture reaches 250 degrees F, carefully pour a slow steady stream of syrup into the stiffly beaten egg whites, beating constantly at high speed. Add the vanilla and red food coloring and continue to beat until mixture holds its shape, approximately 5 minutes.
3.) Using 2 spoons, drop the divinity onto waxed paper, using 1 spoon to push the candy off the other. This may take a little practice because the technique is to twirl the pushing spoon, making the candy look like the top of a soft serve ice cream. If the candy becomes too stiff, add a few drops of hot water. You will need to work fast when making this type of candy.
4.)After you spoon the cooked sugar onto the waxed paper, you’re done. Cool the candies on racks completely. You can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or refrigerate or freeze.