Mama’s Divinity

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Mama’s Divinity Mama’s Divinity Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
3   egg whites
3/4 cup cold water
1 cup white corn syrup
4 cup sugar





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 255 degrees on a candy thermometer, bringing it to a hard ball stage.

While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Once the sugar mixture reaches 255 degrees, carefully pour a slow steady stream of syrup into the stiffly beaten egg whites, beating constantly at high speed. Add the vanilla and continue to beat until mixture holds its shape, approximately 5 minutes.  Stir in pecans.

Using two spoons, drop the divinity onto waxed paper, using one 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.

Let sit for 30 minutes and serve.

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Show: Paula's Home Cooking/Just Desserts cookbook/Christmas with Paula Deen book/Nov/Dec 2005 issue
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By Sharron Wall on April 11, 2014


I love your ideas about food and cooking. I was born in Walnut Ridge Arkansas. My Mom an Grandmother were great cooks. I know " They" say that Southern cooking is not too healthy. But" they " say that about lots of foods.I just remember how much I loved grandmas cooking. I understand you have lighter versions of these foods.Are they truly as good as the original foods? Looking forward to trying some of your new recipes.

By Shirley A Watson on December 28, 2013


Can you just pour the devinity into a pan and cut it into squares?

By Gina on December 17, 2013


We all love you here in the South keep your head held high!! You have a lot is support here! Thanks Cireetha

By Cireetha Moore on December 14, 2013


Love You and your recipes, Thank you for this Divinity recipe, Cant wait to try it. Keep up the good work. Lindy

By Lindy on December 07, 2013


I am so happy I found you,I miss you paula.

By Anonymous on September 23, 2013



By Kathy on August 18, 2013


Since my grandmother passed away, we have not enjoyed a "good" divinity. I could not locate her recipe. I have tried a couple of others, but the were simply "ok" IF they actually turned out. This recipe is wonderful!! I took it to my family's Christmas and had several requests for the recipe. I will make this every year! Thank you!

By Kara H on December 28, 2012


Thanks for this great recipe! I had always steered clear of making divinity 'cause I heard it was a bit difficult. Followed your instructions to a 'T', and it was perfect. And it wasn't difficult. Just took a little time and it was well worth it.

By Gail on December 21, 2012


Paula, is it true that Divinity must be made on a Sunny day? I heard that it won't make on a cloudy day and that you will end up using more ingredients to get it right. I know some recipes I have tried for different things are alo like this.

By Karen Crofford on December 14, 2012


i like that. i need to know if you have a mincemeat pie recipe

By glenda jones on December 02, 2012


Thank you Paula, I loved this recipe it was perfect I made it under the time listed above and was super easy my 8 yr old daughter helped as well and Of course Daddy loved it!! We will keep this in our books to use again Many Blessings

By Dani on November 13, 2012


I've made divinity several times and there's no way that it's ready in 5 minutes of beating after you add the hot syrup. I made it yesterday and it was more like 25 minutes before it held it's shape.

By jim on December 20, 2011



By Betsy Henson on December 17, 2011


One thing about using candy thermometers. You have to test them for accuracy periodically. Follow this guide. Since I have started doing this, my candy always turns out perfectly.

By Georgia on December 04, 2011


I just bought your 20 piece cookware set and I just love it. I want to buy some more of your bakeware and etc. So was wondering if you have coupons for discounts on anything or mail in rebates. Would appreciate a response at Thanks!!!

By Shirley Bednar on November 30, 2011


i would like u to meet my sister....she love all the cooking you do...please miss Paula.. she loves your cooking and so do i....i would like to give my syster this for christmas..joe.251 656 1367 please

By joe stupack on November 29, 2011


thank you

By Anonymous on November 29, 2011


Hi Leona, Here is some more information on divinity:

By Jonathan Able on April 27, 2011


HiPaula. Im glad i watch your shows and family.I have seen the candy of divinity i heard that when making divinity the weather has to be sunny and right temperture for the candy turn out good. Is it ture or m i doing something worng. Ilove to make it my husband loves it. Leona Penrod, 4-19-2011

By Leona Penrod on April 19, 2011

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