Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Candy

Mother made fudge at Christmas
(and sometimes at other times of the year as well)
My Aunt Pearl tried her hand at divinity
Unfortunately she failed more than she succeeded
But those years she did succeed . . .

My favorite homemade candy has to be divinity!
And like my dear Aunt, some years I was successful
Some years I wasn't

And then I met Betty Garton
And she gave me a lesson in divinity making!

The secret is the whipping of the egg whites and hot syrup
It takes a lot longer than you think.

Once done . . .

I use my smallest ice cream scoop to portion them out

The wonderful divinity morsels plopped on waxed paper

And the fudge . . . 

My mother, who knew Clara Stover (of Russell Stover Candy fame)
says that the recipe we use is hers -- Clara's
I don't know if it is or not but it is a good creamy fudge!

We make treat bags of fudge and divinity to give
to our hairdresser, the mail man, the Vet, the girls at the bank
to luncheon guests

And some we . . . 

Put in a dish to munch on after dinner

Homemade candy looks so elegant in a stemmed crystal candy dish!


Francie Newcomb said...

Yes it does look so elegant! Thank you! Great idea Martha. What an old-fashioned treat that divinity must be.

Bernideen said...

Dear Martha:
Your candy looks wonderful! I so enjoy all your recipes and you are so generous to share them with others. I enjoy not only your blog but Face Book! I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Martha, your divinity looks so delicious and brings back sweet memories of my grandma. She made white and pink divinity every Christmas and it was so good! That is really cool that your mother knew one candy Stover people, what a story to pass along!

marilyn r said...

Your candies look yummy! My grandmother used to make divinity at Christmas and gave a box of it to each of her children. I remember she said that humidity has a part in the success of making divinity, and would not make it on rainy days. Hmmm..... I wonder if that is true?

Have a wonderful Christmas!!!!!

Beth said...

Oh, Martha, those look delicious! My grandma made her divinity with black walnuts. When we had children at home, I made many different candies: holly wreaths, chocolate covered peanuts, p.b. and chocolate fudge, cut out that it is just the two of us I made a Swedish tea ring and fudge and I will make cut out cookies. A little eggnog sounds good with the cookies! Merry Christmas, Martha!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Yum! Love those holiday memories and traditions.

Unknown said...

My Mother used to make both fudge & divinity for Christmas....I don't have her recipes...would you mind sharing yours?..thanks...& Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I've never tried to make divinity but it certainly looks good. I would like to try it, too. There seems to be more science in making candy than in other baking realms. Last week, I wanted to whip up some old-fashion popcorn balls for a friend and that simple recipe was a colossal failure.Thank you for sharing the secret to making divinity. It is really a special gift to all to have handmade candy at Christmas and even more so when presented in that lovely glass bowl.