Tis the Season.....
....to loosen your belt.

Fa la la la la la la la la.

Yep, it's definitely the..... most fattening time, of the year!

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There is just so much yummy goodness to be devoured during the holidays.

And I'm about to make it worse y'all!
Here's something that brings back fond memories of Christmas Treats Past:

Divinity Fudge Recipe

Ingredients:

2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water*
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup coarsely-chopped nuts (of your choice)

*use less water on humid days - start with a tablespoon less and adjust as required*

I make mine using a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and cut into squares (this will take longer to set), but you can also just drop onto the parchment.   
Prepare your sheet, set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan over low heat, add sugar, corn syrup, and water, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.   Boil without stirring until it reaches hard ball stage. (a small amount of candy mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball) 
Or, or until the temperature reaches 260 degrees F. if you have a cooking/candy thermometer.

Remove sugar mixture from heat.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. 
Continue beating and add the hot sugar mixture to the egg whites in a slow, steady, thin stream until well mixed in.  Once you begin to pour the hot sugar mixture, do NOT stop and do not scrape the mixing bowl.  When all the syrup has been combined, continue to beat the mixture until it begins to lose its gloss and holds its shape in stiff peaks.  This takes about 10 minutes of solid beating.

To test the divinity:  if you lift your beaters, it should NOT fall in ribbons and merge back into your batter.   It should stop being sticky, and if dropped, hold it's form.

Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and fold in the vanilla extract, nuts and/or optional add-ins of your choice.  Red and green cherries are a nice festive addition.   If the candy becomes too stiff, add a few drops of hot water.

Smooth an even layer into your lined dish, Or, drop spoonfuls of the divinity mixture into mounds onto the waxed paper.
Allow to rest undisturbed for 2 hours, or until the mounds are at room temperature.

The piece de la resistance for me this time of year?
I crush candy cane over the entire layer.   It gives it a nice peppermint flavour.


You can store on layers of waxed paper in an airtight container for up to two weeks. It will also freeze well for longer storage.

I couldn't make this recipe today -- our forecast calls for freezing rain - and as anyone who has made Divinity Fudge before knows -- that is certain disaster for your Divinity.

So thank Google Images for these:
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 Head on over to Mama and the City's to see other tasty dishes.