Each year as a child, my sister and I spent time with my mom in the kitchen doing holiday baking. Among our favorite sweets to make were fudge, stuffed dates, and cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees, bells, Santa Clause and more. But my absolute favorited thing to make was divinity. Mom said it so much work, but still, we would make it. This is the recipe we used from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Divinity is still my favorite candy.
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
In 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup water. Cook to hardball stage (260º) stirring only till sugar dissolves. Meanwhile, beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Gradually pour syrup over egg whites, beating at high speed on electric mixer. Add vanilla and beat till candy holds its shape, 4 to 5 minutes. Quickly drop from a teaspoon on to waxed paper. Makes about 40 pieces
This is very pretty in a crystal bowl and served from there or it can be molded.
~ Connie Shipley
O God of Mary and Elizabeth, we relate to the child John who leapt for joy in his mother’s womb. We thank You for the joys of this Advent and Christmas Season. Like the Magi, we offer our gifts of material possessions and ourselves for your service. Amen.