Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Divinity


I haven't lived in my mother's house for a good, oh... (looking skyward, chin in palm), well, I guess it's been 25 years (wow!). Come to think of it, we haven't lived in the same town in as many years either.

One constant in the time since I've been on my own is that every time mom and I visit each other we say "oooh, we should make divinity!" It goes back to my childhood and all of those times we'd get a hankering for the utterly sweet, soft, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth candy. I'm pretty sure divinity is the primary reason my mom had a Kitchenaid mixer way back before it was trendy and cool and they came in a rainbow of colors.

But, alas, it seems that mom and I rarely get around to actually making divinity. We talk about it, allright. But doing it... just doesn't seem to happen. I'd say we finally get around to it, on average, every 10 years.


Welp, I guess it's been 10 years since the last time. We were due for the excited watching and waiting while the Kitchenaid whipped the bejeezus out of the egg whites and sugar syrup. We were due for the mad scramble to scoop the candy out of the bowl into neat little clouds before it started to get thick and uncooperative.

Due for a little taste of heaven in our mouths. Mmmmm... words can't describe how I feel about divinity. "Love" is not too strong a word.


We've always followed the basic Divinity recipe from my tattered and checkered Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. You can also find it online ---> here.

A few words of advice if you decide to give this a whirl: divinity is perfect when flavored with almond extract... if you're a fan of almond extract, that is. A few drops of food coloring give it a lovely pastel color. And when it comes time to scoop the candy out onto waxed paper... you need to get your groove on, people. No dallying allowed or you'll be left with crusty (although still delicious) blobs rather than smooth swirly divine-ness. Finally, be warned, it's quite sweet and probably best left to serious sweet tooths like me and mom.

As a side note, I plan to try a batch of home-made marshmallows, for comparison. I suspect the two candies are similar. In looking at the recipe, the major difference is the gelatin in the marshmallows. Maybe the marshmallows are more chewy? Worth a test batch, I'd say.

So anyway, if you try your hand at divinity, give me a holler. I'd love to hear if you adore it like I do.

14 comments:

Megan said...

I love making candy - but unfortunately, it doesn't love me. I can't make fudge to save my life, no matter how hard I try. But divinity looks simple enough, can you dip it in chocolate after it has set? That would really rock my world!

Snooky doodle said...

these look yummy :) pity I don't have a sugar thermometer.

Kristin said...

I used to get divinity at See's Candies. Thanks for sharing. Yours look so beautiful!

Elyse said...

I've never made divinity (only enjoyed other people's), but your post makes me want to try! The candy just looks so pristine and beautiful--and oh so, delicious!

Grace said...

first of all, i love your plate!
secondly, i'm a firm believer that these suckers are very appropriately named. :)

Maria said...

I haven't made this since I was little! It is a fun one!!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I saw this in Food Gawker. (I posted about the same thing on my blog, too! Even the same recipe. Great minds think alike!)

Glad to see there are more people out there who love divinity. It brings back fond memories from my childhood, too.

Natashya said...

I haven't heard of this before, sounds divine!
Congrats, my co-tart, looking forward to thinking up a fun theme for a spring YWPWT? together!

AmyRuth said...

I think my sweet tooth could learn to love divinity. I do for sure love your polka dot mitten platter. Totally. I am a dot girl. I've never made divinity. Sounds fun.
AmyRuth

Talita said...

These looks so nice! How sublime!

n.o.e said...

I have that checkered cookbook right on my shelf, so I'll stick a bookmark in the page! Looks great, and I'm glad you do that with your mom (even if only once a decade!)
Nancy

Bunny said...

Your divinity looks devine! I made marshmallows at Christmas time and really enjoyed doing it, now i'll have to try divinity!

Melody said...

I love divinity. Let me rephrase - I love my mother's divinity. She only makes it at Christmas and always makes me a special batch to take home. Sinfully sweet, but oh so good. I guess I should give it a go sometime myself, but it just seems like it is a mom-thing.

It is also kind of geographical. I am from southern Indiana, but here in Kentucky no one has heard of it. How odd.

Gigi said...

i have never had divinity before. where have i been? but i will def give this a try very soon! you have peaked my interest in them!