Mom’s Classic Southern Divinity Candy

by Alli

 This shop, Mom’s Classic Southern Divinity Candy, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SmartWayToShareJoy #CollectiveBias

When I was growing up, my mom always made sure Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year. The Chrismas tree was carefully selected from grandpa’s woods. We always looked forward to decorating the tree. Waiting for Santa to arrive was never an easy feat. Back then, the countdown between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed to take forever.

Even after I was grown with kids of my own, we always looked forward to spending Christmas Eve with mom and dad. The entire family gathers for grilled steaks and all the trimmings. Mom always made every holiday special and she was the best cook in the world. Period.

Mom's Classic Southern Divinity

Our home was always festive and mom and dad’s outdoor decor was sure to draw oohs and aahs from everyone who passed by. I remember mom baking all our holiday favorites. Every time I start preparing for the Christmas holidays, I think of mom.

This will be my first Christmas without my mom. To help keep all the memories of her favorite holiday  alive, I’m making mom’s Classic Southern Divinity Candy. It’s my son’s favorite holiday candy.

Mom's Southern Divinity

Family Dollar is my go-to store for the ingredients to make my mom’s Divinity. I love that Family Dollar is close by. It has all my favorite products at a great value.

Classic Divinity - Shop at Family Dollar for Coke Products

I always make sure to grab a few Coca-Cola products in limited edition holiday packaging. It reminds me of my childhood Christmas celebrations.

Southern Divinity

Let’s make Mom’s Classic Southern Divinity Candy

If you take a glance at the recipe, you may get a little intimidated by the candy thermometer. Don’t be. I taught my son to make Divinity when he was only eight years old.

Helpful Hint: Avoid making Divinity on a humid day. The candy will not harden. I’m for real!

Bring sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil.

Mom's Classic Divinity

Continue cooking until a candy thermometer reaches 248º F. Set aside.

Mom's Classic Southern Divinity

Beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form.

Egg Whites - Mom's Classic Divinity

Beating at medium speed,  slowly pour 1/2 of sugar mixture into egg whites.

Classic Divinity Candy

Heat remaining syrup to 272º F and pour slowly into egg whites. Add vanilla and keep beating until mixture holds stiff, glossy peaks.

I do a couple of test runs when the divinity is almost ready by dropping a tablespoonful onto the waxed paper. If it’s ready, it will hold its shape and not flatten out. I took a photo to show you how the first two tablespoons I dropped were not ready. A couple of minutes later and it was perfect.

Mom's Classic Divinity Candy

Keep beating and test again. When the divinity holds its shape, it’s ready. Work fast before it hardens completely.

Helpful Hint: Don’t scrape the sides of the saucepan as you pour the syrup into the egg whites. The mixture on the sides may be sugary.

Mom’s Classic Southern Divinity Candy

Mom's Southern Divinity


  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Toasted pecan halves


  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy 2-quart saucepan and heat to boiling on medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Set candy thermometer in place and continue cooking without stirring until temperature reads 248º F. Remove from heat.
  3. Beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Continue beating on medium and slowly pour 1/2 of sugar mixture into egg whites in a thin stream.
  4. Continue beating while heating remaining 1/2 of syrup to 272º F.
  5. Slowly pour hot syrup into mixture. Add vanilla.
  6. Beat for about 5 minutes or until mixture holds it's shape.
  7. Working quickly, drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Top with a toasted pecan half.
  8. Cool completely before storing.

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My home is all decked out for the holidays. The trees on my lights are twinkling. A batch of Divinity is cooling on the kitchen counter. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Mom's Southern Divinity

Be sure and stop by your local Family Dollar for all your holiday needs, including Coca-Cola in the limited edition holiday packaging What’s your favorite holiday recipe?

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Robin Masshole Mommy December 12, 2016 - 6:42 am

My father is a huge pecan lover, so I am sure he would love this. I should make him some for when my parents host Christmas dinner.

Cai Cansino December 12, 2016 - 8:05 am

Every time I visit your site I always come across such tempting recipes. I’d probably indulge in one sweet recipe this holiday.

Melinda December 12, 2016 - 8:25 am

I sure miss mom and you are right she loved Christmas!!!! As I’m reading this the tears are streaming down my face but so proud of you for cooking like mom. Love ya

zan December 12, 2016 - 8:56 am

I’ve never made candy, but I’ve thought of it. This does not look hard to do at all. There is nothing like the childhood Christmas traditions with the real deals. These days everything is ready made! It’s great that you know how to make this so you can keep the memories.

Jeanette December 12, 2016 - 12:22 pm

I have never made something like this, but I really want to. It looks delicious and it would be a great addition for my family to try.

Shirley Wood December 12, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Oh my goodness! I haven’t made Divinity in years and I do love it too. I burned up a hand mixer making divinity once. It’s such a special treat to have homemade divinity! Now I want some. My hubby makes most of the sweets around here but maybe I’ll surprise him with a batch of homemade divinity. I’m inspired and now I want to go to the Family Dollar Store too. I haven’t been there lately.

candy December 12, 2016 - 2:09 pm

Can’t wait on making your mom divinity sounds delicious. Corks products are our favorite.

Sarah Bailey December 12, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Oh my goodness that candy sounds absolutely amazing and how cute are those coke bottles!

Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom December 12, 2016 - 4:29 pm

I’ve never heard of this type of candy. It sounds good though! And looks pretty!

Cristi Comes December 12, 2016 - 4:45 pm

These look wonderful. I’m so sorry this will be your first Christmas without your mom but it’s so special that you are honoring her by making her recipes. happy holidays. {client}

Mimi Green December 12, 2016 - 6:56 pm

I’m so fascinated by this, I’ve never heard of divinity. This is great way to honor your moms memory.

Bella December 12, 2016 - 8:14 pm

These look like delicious little white clouds! They are a great holiday treat outside of what I would traditionally expect.

Lisa Favre December 12, 2016 - 8:49 pm

I recently heard about Divinity Candy and have been tempted to try it out. It looks really intimidating to make but your recipe seems to be one of the clearer ones that I have stumbled upon.

Dee December 12, 2016 - 9:34 pm

I have never heard of Divinity Candy, but it looks really good. Thank you so much for posting the receipe. I am going to have to try them out myself and take it to the holiday party at work.

Maureen @Scoops of Joy December 12, 2016 - 10:03 pm

Aww your mom will be smiling from ear to ear seeing you are continuing the family tradition beautifully! The candy looks delicious. I wish I could try making them but here in Indonesia, it is very humid 🙂 Will pass this to my friends in the States.

Michelle December 12, 2016 - 10:12 pm

This candy looks too pretty to eat! I’m sorry that this will be your first Christmas without your mom. I hope this recipe brings your family some comfort. Happy holidays!

Franc Ramon December 13, 2016 - 1:05 am

The Coca Cola holiday packaging looks really cool. The candy looks really tasty and is well made.

ricci December 13, 2016 - 9:44 am

Divinity always reminds me of my Grandma! She always made the best Christmas candies!! Love this post!!

Chubskulit Rose December 13, 2016 - 12:00 pm

These looks suppy delicious. Imiss my Mom during Christmas season, all the goodies she makes, ugh.

Kendall December 13, 2016 - 3:09 pm

These sound SO delicious!! I need to try making these. I never thought of something like this – how perfect for holiday parties!!

Lori Vachon December 13, 2016 - 3:44 pm

What a blast from the past! I definitely remember seeing divinity on so many sweets trays throughout my childhood.

Kita Bryant December 13, 2016 - 7:42 pm

Family Dollar’s are scarce where I’m from but I love them! I’m in love with most dollar stores.


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