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After our sons were born (2 months apart), my sister and I stopped buying Christmas gifts for each other. Unless one of us finds something that the other desperately needs, we generally spend it on the boys. The real joy of Christmas presents is seeing the surprised look on their faces. We still like to do thoughtful things for each other. One day, Jeremy was telling me about his grandmother making Potato candy (insert gag here). I messaged my sister to ask her if she had ever eaten it. She told me yes, and said that it wasn’t that bad; you’ll never convince me that a potato will ever make anything tastier than a french fry. Anna dropped a hint that she would love to have some Divinity candy. She said she hadn’t eaten any in a long time, and she especially liked it with pecans. I like the flavor of brown sugar over refined white sugar and I think it pairs better with pecans, so I decided to make Brown Sugar Divinity. I’m taking it over to our Christmas party on Wednesday.
I rarely keep white corn syrup in the pantry, so we headed off to Walmart to pick up supplies. I also needed some supplies to package holiday candy, and a few Christmas cards. We had photo cards made for Christmas that turned out beautifully, but I needed some that I could write thoughtful notes in. Word of advice: Don’t try to pick out Christmas cards with a 5 year old in tow, they’ll insist that they involve cartoon characters. Walmart has a nice selection of Hallmark cards available for purchase, and Gabe wanted all of the Peanuts cards. My sister had a Peanuts themed birthday party for my nephew a few weeks ago, so Peanuts seemed suitable.
Gabe picked out his Christmas ornament for the year. I was actually surprised that he didn’t ask for a Peanuts ornament. We haven’t had snow yet this year, and he is obsessed with building a snowman. I started to grab an Hallmark Ornament to go with the candy for my sister, but she reads my blog and it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise.
I can’t get over how cute this ornament is; don’t you wanna build a snowman? I like that the date is written on the Hallmark Ornament, so I don’t have to write it on with a marker.
Gabe begged me to help make the candy; he normally helps me in the kitchen. I was overly worried about boiling sugar and possible splatter, so I found another task to distract him with.
I can make certain candy without a candy thermometer, but I can’t make Divinity without one. I struggle with making this candy because it can be soft and tacky if you aren’t careful. It has to be boiled long enough and heavily mixed with the egg whites. Humidity can also greatly influence how fast and hard it sets up. I’ve been told not to try to make it when it’s overly humid or raining.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup corn syrup
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 room temperature egg whites
- Mix water, syrup, vanilla, and sugars in a pot over medium high heat until dissolved.
- Begin beating egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
- Boil syrup mixture until candy thermometer reaches 250F
- Add syrup mixture into egg whites a spoonful at a time while mixing.
- *If you dump them in all at once, you'll cook the egg whites too quickly.
- Add all of the syrup mixture, and mix 3-5 minutes with an electric or stand mixer.
- The candy is ready to drop when it starts to hold it's shape.
- Spoon out on to wax paper, or greased baking sheets.
- It can take several hours for the candy to fully set.
- Candy should no longer be glossy when you spoon it out. If it’s glossy, keep beating
- If your candy doesn’t set, and you want to salvage it. Preheat oven to 250F and dry it out in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
This was almost too glossy, but I was distracted.
Brown Sugar Divinity shouldn’t be hard or flaky like meringue, but slightly chewy. I’m hoping my sister is pleased with her Christmas candy.
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