Mama's Divinity Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 35 MINUTES

8 ratings
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  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans


Step 1

Prepare 2-3 baking sheets with wax paper.

Step 2

In heavy bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir only until sugar has dissolved, DO NOT STIR AFTER THIS POINT. Cook the syrup until the temperature reaches 255º on a candy thermometer, bringing it to a hard ball stage.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff. When the candy reaches 255º, carefully pour a slow steady stream of syrup into the stiffened egg whites. Beat constantly at high speed. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until the mixture holds its shape, this should take about 5 minutes to fully incorporate. Add in pecans a the end and mix in with a spoon.

Step 4

Spray 2 spoons with oil spray to keep the divinity from sticking. Using the spoons, place the divinity onto the wax paper lined baking sheets. This may take a little practice, use one spoon to push the candy off of the other, then twirl the top while dropping onto the waxed, mimicking the top of a soft serve ice cream. When and if the candy becomes too stiff to swirl, add a few drops of hot water to loosen. Be prepared to work quickly and perhaps ask a friend to help, when it comes time to start twirling the tops of the candies.

Mama's Divinity


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8 Reviews

Pamela 4/8/2017
Loved!This does

Loved!This does take practice. I had to increase to 260 degrees and added 1 extra egg white. Beat for only 8 minutes and it set up fast, so work fast.

Debra 1/28/2017
Thank you for th

Thank you for this wonderful Divinity. I am a novice candy maker. Divinity is my 82 yr old mothers favorite candy. I am fairly brave and have tried many recipes for Divinity. This is by far the best Divinity I have made yet. Mother loves it! Beautiful light, fluffy candy.
Eastern Kentucky

Lynne 12/25/2016
My grandmother a

My grandmother always made this divinity too, and I tried this recipe for the first time yesterday. Grannie died in 1989, and yesterday was the first time since then that I thought she was in the kitchen with me. This recipe is divine, and we love it. Thank you!

Yolanda 12/23/2016
Thank you Paula

Thank you Paula for sharing your recipe for Your mamas Devinity. I consider myself a good cook and baker. I tried 2xs , two separate batches to my Father in laws Divinity for Christmas for my children's dad since he list his father several months ago,and PaPa always made Divinity. It was a epic fail for me.:( It wouldn't set up . I have no idea what went wrong. Followed directions to the T. It's delicious, I ended up laying the mixture out onto a cookie sheet and chilled it hoping it will thicken up. The second batch was a little thicker, but still no beautiful fluffy Dvinity. God bless you.

Merry Christmas

Mary 12/16/2016
I made it last m

I made it last might and it turned out perfect! So light and fluffy! Thanks for sharing Paula!

Cheri 12/18/2014
Paula I've heard

Paula I've heard you speak of your Mama's Divinity for years while watching you. I've never actually had it before, but after watching you and Bobby and Claudia make it, I gave it a shot. I'm hoping I can find a taste tester who knows what its supposed to taste like, but from the fingers I've licked during cleaning up, I think its pretty darn good, thanks for sharing your Family treasure with us.

DAN 12/16/2014
my momma always

my momma always made that too and it brought a tear to my eye

Robin 12/1/2014
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Paula and family! I enjoyed this video sooooo much. I have such wonderful memories of my Mamaw Watts making divinity. She past away in 2006. No one else could make it like she Paula's mama, Mamaw's was always so light and fluffy. I am the one who cooks but I have never made divinity cause I thought it was too hard to make but after Paula said "Don't let making divinity die" then I will just have to make it this season. I cried and cried at the last of this video...bittersweet tears of the great memories I shared growing up and cooking with my grandmother. We Love You Paula!

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