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Sometimes it doesn’t pay to cut corners, but you have my word, this one is every bit as good as the “stand and stir the day away” recipe your grandmother used.


4 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cups water
dash of salt
3 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
enough chopped pecans to suit your taste


Mix first four ingredients in glass dish. Cook in microwave for 19 minutes, stirring every five. Should reach 250′ on candy thermometer. Cook to hard ball stage. Beat egg whites very stiff in large bowl. Gradually pour hot syrup over egg whites at high speed. Continue beating for 12 minutes until candy loses its gloss. Add vanilla and nuts and drop in bite-size pieces.

Author’s Disclaimer:

I’ve even been successful with this one on an overcast day, though the cooks in my family always admonished me not to even think about making divinity if the weather wasn’t clear and dry. If you choose to ignore their tried and true warnings too, well, you’re on your own. 🙂