Line a 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter foil; line with chocolate bars. Set pan aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium high heat to boiling stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take 5 to 7 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to pan. Cook over medium heat without stirring to 260 degrees F, hard ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate steady rate over entire surface. Reaching hard ball stage should take about 15 minutes.
Remove pan from heat; remove thermometer. In a large mixer bowl immediately beat egg whites with a sturdy, free standing electric mixer until stiff peaks form (tips are standing straight).
Gradually pour hot mixture in a thin stream (slightly less than 1/8 inch diameter) over egg whites, beating on high speed and scraping bowl occasionally. This should take about 3 minutes. (Add mixture slowly to ensure proper blending.) Add unsweetened chocolate and peppermint extract. Continue beating on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally just until candy starts to lose its gloss. When beaters are lifted, mixture should fall in a ribbon but mound on itself and not disappear into remaining mixture. Final beating should take 5 to 6 minutes.
Immediately spread over chocolate bars in prepared pan. Sprinkle with crushed candies. When firm lift out of pan; cut into 1 inch squares. Store tightly covered.
Nutritional Information: Calories 62, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Carbohydrate 11 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 1 g. Daily Values: Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 0%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
TIP: Prepare divinity up to 3 days ahead. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered container.
By Jim from Kansas City, KS
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Don't try to make divinity or fudge when it's raining cats and dogs! In my previous life (young and dumb as opposed to old-er and smart) I tried to make divinity and totally burned up a mixer trying to get it firm, wound up eating it with a spoon.
Boil sugar, water and salt to soft ball stage in water. Place in marshmallow creme in mixing bowl and pour hot syrup in and mix.
It's easy to make, has few ingredients and is an all time favorite of mine.
Let stand at room temperature until completely cool and set, about 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 1 inch squares...
A candy thermometer will insure good luck with this recipe.
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I am searching for divinity in a pan recipe (like fudge). That's for me. My husband gets the Chex mix snack in my other request. LOL
By Lou Ann Kline from Cozad, NE
This is my mom's recipe from when I was little. I am 70 years old, and this was her mom's recipe. Guess it is an antique recipe, right?
1/2 Cup white corn syrup
1/2 Cup water
1/2 TBS. almond extract
2 egg whites
3/4 Cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 Cup maraschino cherries, drained
Place sugar, water and corn syrup in saucepan, over low fire, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil on low heat to light crack stage, or 265 degrees F on candy thermometer. Meanwhile, beat egg whites to stiff stage and when syrup is ready, pour over egg whites, beating constantly until creamy. Add the almond flavoring and the nuts and cherries and spread in a buttered pan. I believe it is an eight inch square pan. Enjoy! Granny Beth
Divinity Fudge ( from 1950)
3 cups sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¾ cup hot water
3 egg whites
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar, water and syrup, over medium heat , stir until dissolved.
Cook without stirring until the syrup forms a firm ball in cold water, or 250ºF
Pour syrup slowly onto the stiffly beaten egg whites, beating (medium speed) constantly.
Beat until candy will not adhere to the fingers when the surface is gently touched.
Add vanilla (and food coloring if you like) nuts and spread on buttered pan.
Cut in squares when firm or drop from teaspoon.
Makes 2 pounds.
This is what I've been searching for! thank you!
Why won't my Divinity Fudge set up?
Cathy from St. Marys, Ohio
One year I had the same problem and I did a very stupid thing and I threw the fudge in the garbage. Since your fudge didn't set up, don't throw it away but use the fudge as frosting. Bake a batch of chocolate brownies and frost them.
One thing that might cause it is to not beat it long enough...or perhaps you didn't drizzle the syrup slowly enough into the egg whites. Also, I recommend using a candy thermometer instead of relying on the "cold water" method that was used years ago. On occasion, I, too have had a batch that doesn't want to set up. I usually "fix" it by adding powdered sugar to the recipe until it will hold its shape and then spoon it out as usual.
Harlean from Arkansas
Divinity will not set up if the weather is humid or it is raining. Never make it on a humid day.
When cooking microwave divinity do you use the same time given regardless what the power level on your oven?
By marypetty from Meridian, MS