Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring,
until a small amount of mixture forms a firm ball when dropped in cold water
(248 degrees F).
Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Pour about half the syrup slowly
over whites, beating constantly. Cook remainder until a small amount forms hard
threads in cold water (272 degrees F). Add slowly to first mixture, and beat
until mixture holds its shape.
Add vanilla extract and nuts; drop by dessert-spoonsful onto wax paper,
or spread in a buttered 9-inch square pan, and when firm, cut into squares.
Yield: 1 1/2 pounds
Holiday Divinity: Follow Basic Divinity instructions, adding candied
cherries and pineapple with the nuts.
Chocolate Divinity: Follow Basic Divinity iinstructions, adding chocolate
and nuts with vanilla extract after beating; then beat until well blended.
Ginger Divinity: Follow Basic Divinity iinstructions, using the 6 tablespoons
water instead of 1/2 cup water and ginger syrup for the liquid. Add diced ginger
with the nuts.