Back when I was 12-14 years old, I could make some relatively killer divinity.
I used my great Grandmother’s recipe and would pretty much always send boxes of the candy to my uncle who happened to be stationed in Germany with the Army.
For those who have no clue what I am talking about, divinity is a lovely candy that is essentially pure sugar. The concern with divinity is it cannot be made on a humid day. My mother would not even let me make an attempt to make it unless it was a lovely sunny day. I never understood the reason behind her steadfastness on this issue. Now I get it, it will not set up in the slightest – just take my word for it and don’t try! When I eventually got married and had my own residence and bedroom, I thought I might try my hand at making this incredible candy again. Our residence had an air conditioning machine to control the humidity so I should not have a problem. Well I was completely wrong. While the air conditioning did help control the humidity and keep the whole kitchen area cool while cooking, It seemed I had lost the touch with making this candy. Several more attempts were made to make this lovely treat, each time keeping the residence as cool and as humidity free as possible. I put the air conditioning to the test to get the humidity to a level that would allow me to get this sweet 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 conditioning machine to recreate those childhood treats. It seems Mother was right – you had to have a pretty day to make pretty divinity.