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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Cooking/Baking (not recipes) (10/16/08)

TITLE: Divinity
By judy furniss
10/18/08


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A most fond memory I have of the Christmas holiday season was when I would come home from school and find a plate full of assorted homemade goodies displayed on the dining room table. There was delicious fudge, fruitcake, decorated sugar cookies, and popcorn balls wrapped in cellophane. Sometimes we would even have fluffy, white divinity.

Years later, when I had a family of my own, I fully intentioned to continue the tradition, however, I didn’t realize how much work was involved in making all those treats. One by one, I eliminated the candy making traditions from my home, with the exception of one recipe. Why I decided to carry on the most challenging task throughout the last thirty years is still the question I ask myself every time I get the saucepan and the Karo Syrup out of the cabinet.

It always starts out the same way. I wake up early on a December Saturday morning and look out the window, checking the humidity factor. Then, I head to the kitchen in anticipation. Is it going to be a success for a flop? The game begins between me, and the candy. Ever so meticulously, I measure each ingredient with precision. I pour the sugar and Karo Syrup into the pan, stirring until the sugar is totally dissolved. After that, I attach the candy thermometer, nervously watching the mercury rise, ever so slowly. Finally, it reaches the ‘soft ball stage.’ Wiping the sweat from my forehead, I quickly get to work to mix the hot mixture with the egg whites and vanilla. Then, I anxiously turn on the mixer. Is my creation going to stay glossy and creamy, or is it going to thicken and become dull? Am I going to burn out the motor in my mixer again this year?

Time comes to a standstill. I begin to feel the familiar feeling of defeat come over me. Then, when I’m just about ready to give up, the mixture starts to take shape. Exhilaration overtakes me. I let out a, “yahoo! We’re going to have divinity this year!”


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Marlene Austin10/25/08
Great tradition to be handed down, but sounds stressful. Good luck this year. :)
Joshua Janoski10/26/08
My deceased grandmother used to love making and eating Divinity. I never realized that it was so hard to make though.

Thank you for sharing your experiences making this Christmas treat. :)