When I was 12-14 years old, I could make some killer divinity.
I used my great grandmother’s recipe and would send boxes of the candy to my uncle who was stationed in Germany with the Army.
For the uninformed, divinity is a wonderful candy that is basically pure sugar. The problem with divinity is it cannot be made on a humid day. My mother would not even let me try to make it unless it was a pretty day. I never understood the reason behind her steadfastness on this issue. Now I know, it will not set up – just take our word for it and don’t try. Once I got married and had my own home and kitchen, I thought I would try my hand at making this wonderful candy again. Our home had an air conditioner to control the humidity so I should not have a problem. Well I was wrong. While the air conditioner did help control the humidity and keep the kitchen cool while cooking, It seemed I had lost the touch. Several more attempts were made to make this wonderful treat, each time keeping the house as cool and as humidity free as possible. I put the air conditioner to the test to get the humidity to a level that would allow me to get my candy to my pre-teen standards. I was cool and comfortable in my kitchen, but to no avail. It appeared it was going to take more than an air conditioner to recreate my childhood treats. Maybe Mother was right – you had to have a pretty day to make pretty divinity.