Chocolate Divinity Candy

by Lynn

My stepmother would make a kind of chocolate divinity candy at Christmas time when I was young.

The candy contained cocoa, sugar, Karo syrup, butter and vanilla. She said it was from her mother, who was from Germany, and was a family recipe.

She would only cook it in a caste iron skillet and use a wooden spoon. She said that the touch of metal would ruin the making of it. She would drop spoon it onto waxed paper, just like divinity.

I would like to make some of this chocolate divinity to share with my family, but I am unable to remember the quantity for each ingredient.

This was a melt in your mouth chocolate sweet that I am hoping someone might have an idea of what it is.

Hi Lynn,

I don't know what recipe your stepmother used to use, but I found this recipe for chocolate divinity that you could try until you find the "original" that you are searching for. Maybe one of our visitors will see your request and know EXACTLY what you are talking about. :)

Chocolate Divinity Recipe

Ingredients needed:
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2/3 cup of light Karo corn syrup (or equivalent)
  • 2 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • dash of salt


  1. In a heavy saucepan, add the water sugar, and corn syrup and heat on medium, stirring constantly (with a wooden spoon) until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Continue cooking without stirring until the temperature on a candy thermometer reaches 255 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Meanwhile, while the syrup is cooking, place egg whites in a large mixing bowl and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

  4. When the hot syrup reaches the right temp, remove it from the heat and begin pouring it gradually in a thin stream into the egg whites while you beat the mixture to combine the two. Don't scrape the excess off the sides of the syrup pan or you might end up with sugar crystallization.

  5. Next, beat in the cocoa powder and then the vanilla and continue beating until your mixture becomes thick enough to hold a shape. This could take several minutes.

  6. Finally, begin dropping (or piping) your chocolate divinity candy onto a greased or lined tray and allow it to set.

Well, let us know what you think. Give it a try and tell us how this chocolate divinity compares to your stepmother's old faithful. :)


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Aug 13, 2019

You didn’t say when you added the salt

May 19, 2018
Chocolate divinity NEW

Thank you. This does sound close to what she made but the cocoa was cooked with the syrup. It has been at least 20 years since I last made it but I do remember the sequence of what was done. I will try this and see. Maybe tweak it a little. If someone else figures this out, please share.

Dec 21, 2017
I'm looking for this too! NEW
by: Cindy

My Aunt Shirley made the type of fudge you're talking about for gifts every Christmas. She also refused to share the recipe, but I recognize the ingredients you listed. She's gone now, and so is the recipe. If you do find the authentic recipe, please share! I've been looking FOREVER!

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