Divine Texas Divinity: Like Grandma Used to Make

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Texas Divinity is an age-old candy Grandma used to make, which may be going the way of the dinosaur. This wouldn’t be for lack of love nor time, but pure convenience mind you, as many people pick up their cookies, candies, and pastries at grocery stores these days. If you miss the taste and want to try this delightful Texas Divinity, it’s light as a feather, a confection with a luscious vanilla flavor, and the texture actually tastes and sounds like, “mmmm.” Divinely easy to make, only two things are needed for tasty triumph: a candy thermometer which allows you to measure the temperature of the syrup as you’re cooking it, and a relatively dry day. The recipe that follows produces a creamy and light textured Texas Divinity that turns out just like Grandma used to make it!

Texas Divinity

Divine Texas Divinity: Like Mom Used to Make


  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Toasted pecan halves to garnish


In a heavy, 2-quart saucepan, cook the first 4 ingredients over low heat until the sugar dissolves and a candy thermometer reads 248° (approximately 15 minutes). Remove this syrup mixture from heat and set aside. Beat the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until you begin to see stiff peaks form. Pour half of the hot syrup in a small, thin stream overtop of the egg whites, beating the mixture consistently at high speed, for approximately 5 minutes. Cook the remaining half of the syrup mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 272° (4-5 minutes). Next, slowly pour the hot syrup as well as the vanilla extract over egg white mixture, still beating consistently at high speed until your mixture begins to holds its shape (6-8 minutes). Stir in the chopped pecans. Drop this mixture quickly by the teaspoonful onto wax paper which is lightly greased. If desired, garnish each with a pecan halve. Cool, and enjoy!


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