Last year was my first time trying to make divinity. Joey used to get a batch every year for Christmas from his MeeMaw. She would send it to him on plate wrapped so tightly with saran wrap that you needed a knife to cut it open. His Meemaw has passed away and I wanted to be able to make him some divinity so he could have some every year. It was definitely a team effort. Joey helps me every time I make divinity. I think it is safe to say this has become a Thompson family tradition.
My first time making it last year was not as successful as I had hoped. Below are my Instagram posts from last year and our journey of making divinity.
After calling my Mom, Great Aunt Martha, and asking Joey 90 million questions about how he remembered the divinity I had a game plan for my second try. The second try was much closer to how he remembered it.
This picture was from this year. It is key to stay close to the divinity and watch it because one minute it will be too shiny and not ready yet and the next second it has become super dull and it's ready for the vanilla and pecans. The KEY here is PATIENCE! Some batches I wasn't patient enough and divinity wasn't ready yet.
When the divinity is nice and dull you stir in your vanilla and chopped pecans.
Once the divinity is complete spoon it out onto wax paper. Make sure to move quickly. Let it dry for several hours. And there you have it! After it has dried the texture should be as if it melts in your mouth. Divinity is NOT fudge like (at least not our divinity). The first batch I ever made was fudge like because I didn't wait long enough for it to mix together. So be patient!
I think one of the hardest parts but the most fun part was MeeMaw's recipe. It lacked ALOT of detail. At least for me it did. I didn't know what she meant by soft ball, and hard ball stages, or how to know when the divinity was actually "ready". After asking around and doing some research I figured it all out. At first I was irritated that the recipe lacked so much detail, but looking back I am glad it did. I called (not texted) my Mom and Great Aunt Martha, asked close family friends who have been cooking it for years and years, and together Joey and I figured it out. The struggle adds that much more meaning to the divinity. I was going to tweak the recipe and add some detail in it, but I have decided to leave it just how it is. Please don't let it discourage you. Try the recipe, call your family and friends to ask for help. It is all about trial and error. Feel free to email me if you need any guidance or have any questions.
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