All I Want for Christmas is Candy: Divinity

by Sara Mead

I’m a big fan of Peanuts. Aside from candy, A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. One thing Peanuts always made me wonder about, though: What is that “Divinity” candy that Linus is always searching for, fruitlessly, in the chocolate sampler? Well, it’s a nougat-like candy made from egg whites that often also includes nuts, either chopped and mixed into the candy, or in larger pieces atop it, as here: 

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For the record, I’m not a huge divinity fan, and find it much less delicious than the coconut chocolates that Linus is always tossing away in disgust (he’s a wise little guy, but on this one he’s just wrong). But if you want to try it, you can make it yourself. Here’s the recipe from my Joy of Cooking (items in parenthesis are optional additions–to my knowledge the Divinity I’ve eaten has never included them): 

Divinity 

makes about 1 1/2 pounds

Pick a dry day. This candy does not keep well. If you use brown sugar and vinegar, you may prefer to call this Sea Foam. Bring to room temperature:

     2 egg whites

Bring to boil in a heavy pan: 

     1/2 cup water

     1/2 cup light corn syrup

Dissolve in it: 

     2 cups white or brown sugar

     (1 tablespoon vinegar)

When boiling > cover pan and cook about 3 minutes until the steam has washed down any crystals that may have formed on the sides of the pan. > Remove lid and cook over moderate heat, without stirring, to the hard-ball stage, about 250 degrees. While syrup is cooking, beat egg whites in a large bowl until they just hold their shape. When the syrup is ready, pour it slowly over the egg whites in a steady thin stream, whipping slowly at the same time. Toward the end, add the syrup more quickly and whip faster > Do not scrape pan. After all the syrup has been added, put in: 

     1 cup broken nutmeats

     (1 cup white raisins)

As a variation try omitting nuts and raisins and add: 

     (1 cup crushed Peppermint Hard Candy)

Beat until candy can be dropped onto a buttered surface into patties which hold their shape. 

2 responses to “All I Want for Christmas is Candy: Divinity

  1. I always took the scorn for coconut to be a constant in the Schulz universe, not specific to Linus.

  2. You are, apparently, a Yankee. We Southerners love our divinity, but the only legal additions are pecans, and please, pronounce that word pi KAHN, not Pea Can. If you’d only had divinity with other stuff in it, I can understand your distaste. Also, stale pecans are gross and ruin anything in which they’re used.

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