Divinity Candy

For us Southerners, Divinity Candy is like a sweet hug from the past. Back in the day, this treat was everywhere in the South, but now? It’s like a hidden treasure. Why run around looking for it when you can make this classic beauty in your own kitchen? This recipe? Pure heaven. We’re talking about a candy that melts in your mouth with that dreamy, creamy maple syrup vibe. Ready to shake things up in your sweet routine? This divinity candy is your golden ticket!

Recipe by Lindsay Autry

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Divinity candy on a plate with bite missing and a pile of divinity candy on the background

Oh, honey, divinity candy—it’s like a sweet, fluffy little piece of Southern heaven right on your tongue. Never had divinity? Picture a cloud of sugary bliss just dissolving in your mouth. And this recipe right here? It’s the real deal. We’re talking about that rich maple syrup goodness mixed in with some crunchy toasted pecans, giving you a taste straight out of those old-school Southern kitchens where the air was perfumed with sugar and syrup. Whether it’s the holidays, you’re thinking of a sweet lil’ gift, or you just wanna treat yourself to some Southern delight, this divinity candy is where it’s at!

Why you’ll love this old-fashioned divinity candy

  • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Texture: Each bite of this candy is airy, light, and just melts on the tongue, reminding you of classic Southern confections from yesteryears.
  • Nutty Crunch: The addition of toasted pecans adds a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to the sweet marshmallow goodness. It’s the perfect balance of textures that’ll keep you coming back for more!
  • No Artificial Additives: Unlike store-bought candies, you know exactly what’s in this homemade divinity. No preservatives, no artificial flavors – just pure, wholesome ingredients.
  • Maple Syrup: The addition of maple syrup lends a subtle earthy and warm sweetness that takes this candy to a whole new level of deliciousness. It’s the secret ingredient!
  • Easy Homemade Gift: Wrapped in a little cellophane or placed in a decorative tin, these divinty candies make the perfect gift, showing off your culinary skills and offering a personal touch.

Ingredients to make homemade divinity

  • Confectioner’s Sugar: The key ingredient for any divinity recipe! This fine, powdered sugar adds a delicate sweetness and a smooth texture to the candy, giving it that signature melt-in-your-mouth quality.
  • Large Egg Whites: Make sure they’re at room temperature to achieve the perfect consistency. They will act as the base for these fluffy marshmallow treats.
  • Granulated Sugar: A portion of this regular sugar is used in cooking the syrup, while the remaining amount is added to the egg whites for that ideal sweetness and fluffy texture.
  • Cream of Tartar: This powder stabilizes the whipped egg whites, helping them reach soft peaks and maintaining their airy structure.
  • Light Corn Syrup: Make sure you don’t use dark corn syrup, as it will change the look and taste of the candy. Light corn syrup enhances the candy’s smoothness and prevents crystallization, resulting in a glossy appearance and addictive chewiness.
  • Water: Used to dissolve the sugar and create the syrup base.
  • Fine Sea Salt: A pinch of salt brings out the flavors, balancing the sweetness and adding depth to the candy.
  • Vanilla Extract: The classic flavor of vanilla lends its warm, aromatic essence to this old fashioned divinity recipe, making it even more irresistible.
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup infuses these candies with its unique, rich sweetness, elevating them to heavenly heights.
  • Toasted Pecans (chopped): These nutty gems bring a lovely crunch to the candy, perfectly complementing the soft marshmallow-like texture.
Ingredients to make divinity candy

How to make Old-fashioned divinity

  1. Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, place sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir gently together until all sugar has been hydrated, careful not to slosh the mixture on the sides of the pot. Cook.
  3. Whip egg whites. Once foamy, add cream of tartar. Slowly add the remaining sugar, then increase speed until the mixture thickens and becomes white in color.
  4. Slowly add hot syrup into the bowl while whipping egg whites, careful to aim right between the whisk and sides of the bowl.
  5. Add salt, vanilla, and maple. Continue whisking on high until the mixture looks like a marshmallow and starts to lose its shine.
  6. Reduce speed and add cooled pecans and continue whisking for another minute. The mixture should be extremely white and fluffy with a dull sheen and should fall off the whisk into thick ribbons.
how to make divinity candy 6 image collage of the process

Make Your Divinity Balls

  1. Grab your prepared sheet pan.
  2. Quickly scoop tablespoon-size portions of divinity and drop the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan.
Collage showing how to place the divinity candy on a baking sheet
  1. Let the mixture set in a cool, dry space for 4 hours.
Divinity candy on a baking sheet with parchment paper surrounded by more divinity candy

Tips for making the best divinity candy

  • Use high-quality ingredients: Start with fresh, pure maple syrup, and ensure that other ingredients like sugar and egg whites are of excellent quality to enhance the candy’s flavor.
  • Invest in a candy thermometer: Precise temperature control is crucial for making divinity. A good candy thermometer will help you heat the syrup to the correct temperature and achieve the right consistency. I’m talking about the critical “soft ball” stage that gives divinity its characteristic texture.
  • Avoid stirring during boiling: Once the syrup starts boiling, resist the temptation to stir it. Stirring can cause crystallization and lead to grainy candy. While the syrup is boiling, periodically brush down the sides of the saucepan with a pastry brush dipped in water. This prevents sugar crystals from forming on the sides, which can cause crystallization in the whole batch.
  • Pour the syrup in a thin stream: When adding the hot syrup to the whipped egg whites, pour it in a thin, steady stream while continuously beating the egg whites. This ensures even incorporation and a smoother texture.
  • Avoid overbeating: Be cautious not to overbeat the mixture after adding the syrup. Overbeating can result in a grainy texture rather than the desired smoothness.

Ingredient Substitutions:

  1. Flavored Syrups: While maple divinity is traditionally made with pure maple syrup, you can substitute it with other flavored syrups like caramel, butterscotch, or even chocolate syrup for a different twist.
  2. Nuts: Instead of the classic pecans or walnuts, you can use other nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, or macadamia nuts.
  3. Extracts: While maple extract can intensify the maple flavor, you can experiment with other extracts like almond, vanilla, or coconut to add a unique taste to the candy.
  4. Sugar: The sweetness of divinity can be adjusted by using different types of sugar. For a richer flavor, try using brown sugar or even muscovado sugar.
  5. Aquafaba: For a vegan version, replace the egg whites with aquafaba (chickpea brine) and whip it to stiff peaks. Keep in mind that the taste and texture might differ slightly from the traditional version.
  6. Spices: Besides extracts, you can add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a pinch of sea salt to enhance the overall flavor profile.

Divinity Candy Additions:

  1. Dried fruits: Incorporate chopped dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, or cherries for added texture and a burst of flavor.
  2. Mini chocolate chips: Stir in some mini chocolate chips for a delightful chocolatey twist to the classic maple divinity.
  3. Shredded coconut: Fold in some sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut for a tropical touch and extra chewiness.
  4. Candied ginger: Finely chop candied ginger and mix it into the candy for a zesty, spicy kick.
  5. Citrus zest: Add a hint of citrusy goodness by grating some lemon, orange, or lime zest into the mixture.
  6. Crushed peppermint: During the holiday season, sprinkle crushed candy canes or peppermint candies on top of the divinity after piping it onto the pan.
  7. Espresso powder: Mix in a small amount of espresso powder to give your maple divinity a subtle coffee flavor.
A pile of divinity candy on a grey dish with pecans and a bottle of maple syrup in the background

What to serve with it

This divinity is a sweet and delicate candy that pairs well with various accompaniments to balance its flavor and texture. Here’s a list of delightful treats to serve with maple divinity:

  • Hot beverages like coffee, tea, or rich hot chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate is a great treat to slightly counteract the sweetness with a touch of bitter chocolate.
  • A nice array of cheeses, nuts, and fresh fruits.

How to store it

Once your divinity has completely cooled, simply store it in an airtight container at room temperature. It will stay fresh and delicious for up to 4 days.

How long will divinity last in the fridge?

To properly store it in the fridge, you’ll want the candy to cool completely. In an airtight container, you can layer the candies between parchment paper or wax paper, or wrap them individually to avoid sticking. When stored properly divinity can last 1-2 weeks in the fridge.

Can I freeze divinity candy?

Freezing divinity is not recommended as it can alter the texture. It has a delicate structure, and freezing it could cause the sugar to crystallize and become grainy. Additionally, the moisture from the freezer can lead to the candy becoming sticky and losing its fluffy consistency.

Close up of divinity candy with bite missing on a plate

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between fudge and divinity?

Fudge and maple divinity are both sweet treats with notable differences. Fudge is made from sugar, butter, and milk, usually flavored with chocolate or other ingredients like nuts or fruits. It is cooked to a soft and creamy consistency. Alternatively, maple divinity is flavored mainly with pure maple syrup and contains sugar and egg whites. It is boiled to a higher temperature and mixed with whipped egg whites, resulting in a fluffy and airy texture. Fudge is smooth and dense, while maple divinity is delicate and melts in the mouth with a distinct maple flavor. The choice between the two depends on personal tastes and preferences for texture and flavor.

Why is my divinity not fluffy?

If your divinity is not fluffy, there could be a few reasons. Ensure the syrup is boiled to the right temperature (around 250°F or 120°C) and whip the egg whites to stiff peaks before adding the hot syrup. Beat the mixture until it thickens and holds its shape without overmixing it. Be cautious of humidity and moisture, as they can affect the candy’s texture. Avoid stirring while boiling and use a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.

What is the difference between divinity candy and nougat?

Divinity candy and nougat differ in their ingredients, preparation, and textures. Divinity is made from sugar, corn syrup or maple syrup, and egg whites, resulting in a light and fluffy texture. Nougat, on the other hand, is made from sugar, honey or glucose syrup, and egg whites, producing a chewy and dense texture. Divinity has a sweet and creamy flavor with hints of vanilla, while nougat offers a sweet and nutty taste.

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A pile of divinity candy on a grey dish with pecans and a bottle of maple syrup in the background

Divinity Candy

This old-fashioned divinity candy is a Southern classic! With its airy texture and marshmallow-like chew, it's a novelty candy that everyone loves!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 42 candies


  • 1 tablespoon Confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 large Egg whites room temperature
  • 2 cups Granulated sugar divided
  • ½ cup Light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ½ teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
  • 1 cup Chopped pecans toasted


  • Prepare sheet pan with parchment paper and sift confectioners’ sugar over surface. Gather either two tablespoons or a #60 disher in a small bowl in preparation for scooping.
  • Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, place 1 ¾ cup sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir gently together until all sugar has been hydrated, careful not to slosh mixture on sides of pot.
  • Cook on medium-high heat until mixture reaches 260F, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, when your syrup reaches about 230F, whip egg whites on medium-high speed for about 1 minute. Once foamy, add cream of tartar. Slowly add remaining ¼ cup of sugar, then increase speed to high until mixture thickens and becomes white in color. The goal is to reach soft peaks in your egg whites and have your syrup reach 260F at the same time.
  • Carefully pour syrup into bowl with whipping egg whites, careful to aim right between the whisk and sides of the bowl. Add salt, vanilla, and maple.
  • Continue whisking on high until mixture looks like marshmallow and starts to lose its shine. Reduce speed and add cooled pecans and continue whisking for another minute. Mixture should be extremely white and fluffy with a dull sheen and should fall off the whisk into thick ribbons and take time to absorb back into the rest of the mixture. If it absorbs quickly, continue whisking.
  • Add hot water to the bowl with your disher or spoons. Quickly scoop tablespoon-size portions of divinity onto prepared sheet pan, continuing to dip in hot water in between every couple scoops. Mixture will set up as you scoop.
  • Let mixture set in cool, dry space for 4 hours. Divinity can be stored in an airtight container for 4 days.


Note: Egg whites whip up best when free from fat, so ensure your mixing bowl and whisk are super clean (no traces of oil) and carefully separate the eggs making sure not to get any trace of yolk in the whites.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. This Divinity candy recipe takes me back! I always loved it as a kid and now I can make it for my children right at home with this recipe.

  2. Your post on divinity candy truly captured its essence. The details and descriptions were spot on, making me reminisce about my own past experiences with this treat. You have a knack for bringing out the best in every topic you touch.

  3. What a wonderful trip down memory lane! My lovely grandmother-like neighbor growing up made this with her Southern touch. Thanks for this recipe that is so fun!

5 from 6 votes

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