Old Fashioned Divinity Recipe

Old Fashioned Divinity Recipe

We love this divinity recipe... it's just like grandma used to make.

Old Fashioned Divinity Recipe
Old Fashioned Divinity Recipe
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Do you remember when divinity was a must-have during the holidays? We do, and we're bringing those days back with this old fashioned divinity recipe. Light and fluffy, with a gorgeous pink color, you'll find that divinity has never been more popular at your holiday candy table. There's no better time to introduce old time recipes to your family than the holidays!

We've made this classic recipe using easy-to-find ingredients, so you can come home from the grocery store and start your candy making tradition. Maraschino cherries provide great flavor and that delightful pink color, and we do recommend adding a few sprinkles. They just add that extra decoration that's perfect for the holiday season. Enjoy making this old fashioned divinity recipe with your family!


Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time35 min


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
  • white sprinkles (optional)


  1. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a 2-quart heavy pot combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.

  3. Cook over low heat and stir until the sugar fully dissolves.

  4. Increase the heat to high and cook the mixture until it reaches 260 degrees (hard ball stage). Do not stir!

  5. While the sugar mixture is cooking place the egg whites in a very clean and dry bowl of a stand mixer.

  6. When the sugar mixture reaches about 230 degrees start to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

  7. Very carefully pour the hot sugar mixture in a steady stream over the egg whites while the mixer is running at high speed.

  8. Add in the vanilla and continue to beat for 5-10 minutes until the mixture is stiff enough to shape and is no longer shiny.

  9. Stir in the cherries.

  10. Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon drop mounds onto the parchment lined baking sheets.

  11. Top with sprinkles if using.

  12. Let rest at room temperature until set.


You can use chopped pecans in the mixture and/or top with a pecan half.


Do not try and make this confection on a hot, humid, or rainy day. It will affect the outcome of the candy.

Use a well calibrated candy thermometer when making this confection.

This recipe is inspired by Robyn from Add a Pinch, who makes great divinity!

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The thought of my grandmother making divinity when I was a kid certainly brings back feelings of nostalgia for me. I never really paid any attention to how it was made but I do remember that it was white when my grandmother made it. (which I assume is because there were no cherries in it) Today this candy would send me into sugar overload...but it would be a perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth and I'm wondering if it would be safe to add in chocolate bits to compliment the cherries.

Divinity is so divine. Such an easy recipe and usually it does turns out well. My aunt is the divinity queen of the family.

These look yummy. Could easily be served for any occasion. It has been a while since I have had divinity and I may give this new recipe a try.

This was yummy but way too sweet for me. I only ate half. SUPER CUTE THOUGH. I liked the addition of the festive little silver balls. Very Christmas. Very Cute. )

These were a bit too sweet for my taste, but I could see them being really fun additions to a holiday party or kid's birthday.

This was pretty good! The texture was soft and pillow, and it had nice cherry flavor.

This is a nice, updated divinity. Kids would like this more than versions with nuts. Color is a very pretty pink.

I don't know how I felt about eating this. It was sweet and aesthetically pleasing, but the gooey consistency was almost too much. It'd be a great adhesive when you want the kids to pipe down though.

I was surprised by how much I liked this candy. I love anything with maraschino cherries, so that's really what drew me in. It also reminded me a lot of 7-minute frosting, which I really like! The only thing I'd do differently next time would be to make each "cloud" a little smaller.

This is the first time I've tried divinity! The consistency was unlike anything I've ever tried before. It reminded me of a fluffier Laffy Taffy. So fun!

Not my favorite. Very, very sweet and heavy. Almost thought it was a dollop of white sugar frosting at first. Just ate a small bite and that was enough.

I enjoyed Robyn's story behind her grandmother's Divinity. My grandmother and mother also made Divinity Fudge at Christmas time. It was a really big deal when I was a young girl. I've also made their recipe and it was a delicate and longer process than this particular recipe. I like the new to me idea of spooning the Divinity out and letting the little clouds dry out. The kind we made was in a pan and the fudge be cut into squares. I'm definitely putting this on my to make list for my 85 year old Mom. We'll have to share it with her granddaughter and great granddaughters. I'm sure it will be delicious.

Ooh this sounds divine! Ha Ha. I think I will add these to my candy list. I love that these are not baked! I could do the other hundred things I have to do while these sit and harden! I love it! I don't have wax paper though, but I do have parchment paper. I like it better. Does anyone think that these will stick if I use parchment paper? I really don't want to brave the stores two days before Christmas.


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