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Fluffy Divinity Candy Recipe

Divinity is a classic Southern candy that’s slightly crispy on the outside, with chopped pecans folded in a fluffy nougat interior. Give this easy no-bake recipe a try for a truly heavenly holiday treat!

fluffy divinity candy recipe

Divine Divinity Candy

If you are from the south you’ve likely had classic Divinity Candy at some point. If not, well, first of all… Bless your heart. Now get ready to experience a little bite of heaven.

My friend Sherrie introduced me to this southern no-bake nougat recipe. It’s a Christmas treat she makes with her mother each year. Divinity is most often made around the holidays as a nougat-like candy to share at holiday parties and cookie exchanges.

This simple candy recipe is a blend of mainly sugar, egg whites, and pecans (or other chopped nuts.) Pieces of the best Divinity are crisp on the outside and ultra light and fluffy on the inside, with a hint of lovely chewiness.

If you are looking for something unique to make for your holiday cookie exchange this year, Divinity is a divine option!

how to make divinity

What Ingredients You Need

Perfect Divinity Candy is made with only a handful of simple ingredients to get just the right amount of sweetness and its signature fluffy texture.

Here is everything needed to make the best nougat Divinity Candy recipe from scratch:

  • Granulated sugarto make a sugar syrup for this recipe
  • Light corn syrupfor classically sweet nougat
  • Wateruse to make the sugar mixture
  • Saltan essential ingredient in nearly all cooking
  • Egg whitescreates a meringue-like nougat-y fluff. Wondering what to do with the leftover egg yolks? Try making homemade vanilla ice cream!
  • Cream of tartarused to stabilize the egg whites and keep the sugar from crystalizing
  • Vanilla extractadds a lovely bit of flavor
  • Chopped pecansto balance the sweetness of the nougat and add great crunchy texture

Not a fan of pecans? No problem! Make your own Divinity Candy with your choice of chopped walnuts, pistachios, or almonds instead.

fluffy divinity candy with chopped pecans

How to Make Southern Divinity Candy

It’s easiest to make this Divinity nougat recipe with the help of a standing mixer and a candy thermometer. That’s because you must make sure the candy temperature is just right to create the perfect crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside texture.

Follow these simple steps for making the best Divinity from scratch:

Firstly, set a large 6-8 quart sauce pot over medium heat and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot.

To the pot add sugar, corn syrup, and water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat (if needed) and carefully watch the thermometer. When the temperature reaches 260 degrees F, promptly remove the pot from the heat.

Meanwhile, set out a standing mixer. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of the mixer. Then use the whip attachment to whip on high until a stiff meringue forms with peaks. Turn off the mixer.

whipped meringue

Once the sugar mixture reaches 260 degrees F, turn the standing mixer on high. Working very carefully and holding onto the saucepot with pot holders, VERY SLOWLY pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites. Take your time to pour a slow, thin stream so the sugar beats gently into the whites.

Next, add the vanilla extract as you continue to beat on high for another 5-10 minutes. The mixture should be stiff enough to hold its shape when you lift it with a spoon.

Finally, beat in the chopped pecans. After the nuts are thoroughly mixed in, turn off the mixer.

Set out a large sheet of parchment or wax paper. Spray two spoons with nonstick cooking spray – or you can butter them. Then, use the spoons to portion out small 2 teaspoon dollops of Divinity Candy. Place onto the paper.

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Repeat the above steps, re-spraying the spoons as often as needed to keep the nougat mixture from sticking, until all the candy is portioned out into little pillows.

Get the Complete (Printable) Divinity Candy Recipe Below. Enjoy!

close up nougat recipe for divinity

Allow the candy to set and dry for 2 hours at room temperature, or until dry to the touch. But if the air is particularly humid this could take up to 12 hours.

Once the Divinity has dried, move to an airtight container. I suggest you make a batch for gifting, and one or two batches to keep for yourself!

fluffy pecan and nougat divinity recipe

How Long Will Divinity Candy Keep?

If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, homemade Divinity will keep well for up to two weeks.

It can be kept in the freezer for up to two months if sealed in an airtight bag

classic divinity recipe

Looking for More Classic Holiday Treats?

Fluffy Divinity Candy Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Dry Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
A classic southern no-bake candy recipe for perfectly fluffy Divinity, with a deliciously chewy chopped pecan nougat inside and lightly crispy outside.
Servings: 48 pieces

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set a large 6-8 quart saucepot over medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot.
  • Add the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat a little if needed and watch the thermometer. When it reaches 260 degrees, remove the pot from heat.
  • Meanwhile, set out a stand mixer. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in bowl of the mixer. Using the whip attachment, whip on high until a stiff meringue forms. Turn off the mixer.
  • Once the sugar mixture reaches 260 degrees F, turn the mixer on high. Hold the saucepot carefully with potholders and VERY SLOWLY pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites. Take your time to pour a slow thin stream so the sugar beats gently into the whites. Once all the syrup is in the mixer, add the vanilla extract and continue to beat another 5-10 minutes, until the mixture is white, and stiff enough to hold its shape when you lift it with a spoon.
  • Finally, beat in the chopped pecans. Turn off the mixer.
  • Set out a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Spray two spoons with nonstick cooking spray (or butter them.) Then use the spoons to portion out small 2 teaspoon dollops of Divinity Candy. Place onto the paper.
  • Repeat, re-spraying the spoons as often as needed, until all the candy is portioned out into little pillows.
  • Allow the candy to set and dry for 2 hours, or until dry to the touch. If the air is humid this could take up to 12 hours. Once dry, move to an airtight container.

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Notes

Divinity can stay fresh at room temperature for up to two weeks, if kept in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece, Calories: 103kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 43mg, Potassium: 17mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Fluffy Divinity Candy Recipe”

  1. This is the first divinity recipe that I’ve ever tried ever. Wow I followed the recipe exactly exactly the way it was posted and for my very first time making this divinity turned out perfect. I truly recommend this recipe it is the absolute best. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a five star recipe plus.

  2. These are the perfect holiday treat! I love how eas they are to make!

  3. I’ve always wanted to try this and it came out so perfect! 

  4. There hasn’t been your a recipe my family has made that we didn’t love! Thanks you for sharing this.

  5. I loved it! I had so much fun making and eating it!

  6. thank you for sharing this, I love nougat desserts but am not from the South, so I’ve completely missed this!