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Brown Sugar Divinity


Tags: baking, dessert, sweets

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Servings: about 25 pieces


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2⁄3 cup water
  • 1⁄3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

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Grease an 8-inch square pan; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue to boil, without stirring, about 15 minutes or until syrup reaches 265°F on a candy thermometer (hard-ball stage).

Just before the sugar reaches temperature, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form (tips curl). With the mixer on medium speed, pour the hot syrup slowly down the inside of the bowl, avoiding the whisk. Continue to beat until the mixture loses its gloss, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and nuts. Press the mixture into the prepared pan; smooth the top with a greased rubber scraper or spoon. Let divinity set before cutting into pieces.

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