Total Time: 40 minutes, not including cooling time.
To our World War II veteran ancestor who married his high school sweetheart, it was not Christmas unless there was divinity.
Making divinity is a great way to bring people together in the kitchen, as it is helpful to have help in forming the divinity before it sets up.
2 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 t. vanilla
nuts (slightly toasted), optional
Cook sugar, corn syrup and water in saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook, without stirring, to 260 degrees on a candy thermometer. Beat egg whites in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Continue beating while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites, beating constantly. Add vanilla. beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull.
Drop mixture from buttered spoons onto parchment paper. Let stand at room temperature until divinity is firm. Store in an airtight container.