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Orin’s Divinity is a classic confection that embodies the essence of traditional candy making, blending the simple sweetness of sugar with the light, airy texture of whipped egg whites and the crunch of chopped walnuts. This recipe, requiring precision and timing, results in a delightful sweet treat that melts in your mouth, perfect for holidays, special occasions, or as a homemade gift to sweeten someone’s day.

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Orins Divinity

A Short History:

Divinity is a type of candy native to the United States, known for its cloud-like texture and delicate flavor. Its origins can be traced back to the early 20th century, gaining popularity for its simplicity and the joy of creating something so exquisite from ordinary ingredients. Named for its “divine” flavor and texture, divinity remains a cherished recipe in many families, passed down through generations as a symbol of love and tradition.

Timeline:

  • Early 20th Century: Divinity makes its appearance in American cookbooks, quickly becoming a beloved treat for its unique texture and sweetness.
  • Mid-20th Century: With the widespread availability of corn syrup, recipes for divinity become more consistent, allowing home cooks to achieve the perfect consistency.
  • Late 20th Century: Divinity, along with other homemade candies, enjoys a resurgence as people begin to cherish artisanal and handcrafted foods.
  • Present Day: Orin’s Divinity continues to be a favorite, especially during the holiday season, for those who appreciate the art of candy making and the timeless appeal of homemade sweets.

Tips for the Perfect Orin’s Divinity:

  • Temperature Precision: Use a candy thermometer to ensure the sugar syrup reaches the hard crack stage (290°F) for the proper consistency.
  • Whipping Egg Whites: The key to divinity’s light texture is well-beaten egg whites. Start beating them when the syrup is close to reaching the desired temperature.
  • Steady Pour: Pour the syrup into the egg whites in a steady, thin stream while continuing to beat, to incorporate the syrup without deflating the egg whites.
  • Glossy to Matte: Beat the mixture until it transitions from glossy to matte and begins to hold its shape. This indicates the divinity is ready to spread into the dish.
  • Cooling and Cutting: Allow the divinity to cool completely before cutting into squares. This ensures clean cuts and preserves the candy’s texture.

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Orin’s Divinity is more than just a candy; it’s a labor of love that brings sweetness and lightness into life’s special moments. Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or trying your hand at candy making for the first time, this divinity recipe offers a taste of heavenly delight that’s bound to impress and enchant.

Orins Divinity

Orins Divinity

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 eg whites
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Butter a 1½-quart oblong baking dish. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat cook and stir sugar, corn syrup and water until temperature on candy thermometer is 290°F. or hard crack stage.
  2. While syrup is boiling, in a large mixer bowl at high speed beat egg whites until just beginning to foam.
  3. Add salt; beat just until foamy.
  4. While beating at medium speed, very slowly pour syrup into egg whites in a steady stream.
  5. When all syrup has been added, add vanilla.
  6. Continue to beat until mixture loses its gloss and holds its shape.
  7. Stir in nuts.
  8. Spread evenly in dish.
  9. Cool.
  10. Cut into 1-inch squares.

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