Wow, I'm actually posting a recipe! I haven't really done anything on this blog in almost a year. Crazy.
Jeff made this delicious divinity this afternoon. Divinity is a light, fluffy candy that is like the love child of clouds and marshmallows. It's soft and airy, with a little bit of chewy, and a touch of crunch from pecans. Very yummy, I'm so glad that Jeff decided to make it.
2 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 large egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 drops food color, if desired
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Cook sugar, corn syrup, and water (use 1 tbsp less water on humid days) in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cook without stirring to 260 degrees on candy thermometer, until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a hard ball that holds its shape but is pliable.
Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently transfer egg whites to large bowl. Continue beating constantly on medium speed while pouring hot syrup in a thin stream into egg whites. Add vanilla and food color. Beat until mixture holds its shape and becomes slightly dull, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in nuts.
Quickly drop heaping teaspoonfuls of mixture from buttered spoon onto waxed paper. Let stand uncovered at room temperature at least 4 hours, but no longer than 12 hours until candies feel firm and are dry to the touch. Store in airtight container.