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Microwave Divinity

Not only is this the best-tasting divinity recipe I've ever made, it's the easiest! Try it with and without the pecans. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Place egg whites in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • In a microwave-safe 2-qt. bowl, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook 6-8 minutes longer or until a candy thermometer reads 260°(hard-ball stage), stirring every 2 minutes. Just before the temperature is reached, beat egg whites on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • With mixer running on high speed, carefully pour hot syrup in a slow, steady stream into the bowl. Beat just until candy loses its gloss and holds its shape, 15-20 minutes. Immediately stir in pecans and vanilla. (Do not overmix, or candy will get stiff and crumbly.)
  • Working quickly, drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand at room temperature overnight or until dry to the touch. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 83 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • robryan
    Feb 11, 2021

    My first batch I over mixed because it was crumbly. My second batch turned out perfectly..but I learned two things: Watch your candy thermometer! Don't be impatient and get the liquid to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. The second step, I disagree with the recipe. When doing the final mixing, the directions say to mix until no longer glossy. I did that with my first batch and it went from non-glossy to too dry. So, instead, I kept checking for the mixture's ability to hold shape.. that worked. My Divinity was slightly shiny but delicious and creamy!!! I did opt to put pecans into my candy.

  • Ellie
    Dec 22, 2018

    Worse divinity I have ever tasted. Hard as a rock and no flavor. DO NOT RECOMMEND!

  • auntiem71
    Dec 24, 2017

    Followed directions to a tee but it took forever for the syrup to reach hard ball stage. I had to use a hand mixer and the candy never lost its gloss. I added meringue powder and powered sugar to get it to set up. I have to say though, it tastes good.

  • Penny
    Dec 13, 2017

    Finally found a easy and great recipe for divinty.

  • Bkrbill
    Dec 15, 2015

    Excellent divinity. You're microwave's power is different though and you have to experiment with the time

  • GaryBarbara
    Dec 14, 2015

    Visit I ruined all the ingredients as my mixer only took less than 4 minutes to overmix. No way was it 15-20 minutes.

  • Morgnzmom
    Dec 10, 2015

    Best divinity recipe ever! You must follow directions exactly as stated. I have always struggled with making divinity and had many fails. Not this time! Will definitely make again!!

  • MrBerry59
    Dec 12, 2014


  • efwynne
    Dec 31, 2013

    This was my first time making divinity..the recipe was easy to follow but I was a little slow on the last step..adding the pecans and the vanilla. Even after that mistake it still came out wonderful!!

  • Mrs. Deborah Ann Meeks
    Dec 10, 2012

    Love divinity!! Especially when I don't have to use a thermometer or any ball stages.