Easy No Cook Divinity Candy for Christmas Gifts

This no-cook divinity recipe takes the guess work (and candy thermometer!) out of making the classic Christmas candy.

No Cook Divinity

This year’s advent of treats has an unintentional theme: Retro Sweets! It’s a result of my recent thrift store find of someone’s recipe box from 1950. I can’t believe such a thing was given away and not passed down to family, but their trash is certainly my treasure.

Inside that box I found this recipe. It’s a hack for classic divinity and much less finicky than the original recipe. Classic (cooked) divinity will be adversely affected by humidity and weather conditions, but this candy held up just fine even though I made it on a rainy day.

No Cook Divinity

Secret Ingredient

The magic ingredient in this recipe is a box of dry frosting mix. The product made by Betty Crocker has been on American grocery store shelves for decades, and I had no problem locating it at my neighborhood grocery store.

I decided to splurge and use the seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean in this recipe, because the specks look so pretty in the pristine white candy. Pipe the candy in swirls using a decorator piping tip, or portion using two spoons.

Plan ahead, because even though the candies take just minutes to whip up, they need to dry (uncovered) for about 24 hours. The larger you pipe the candies, the longer they’ll need to dry.

For quickest setting, keep them on the small side so they will dry evenly. Aim for about the size of a large gumball.

No Cook Divinity

After a few hours the tops of the candies will be dry to the touch. Flip them over so the bottoms can dry also.

No Cook Divinity

Just as the name implies, this candy has a divine texture! It’s soft and tender, with marshmallow flavor.

No Cook Divinity

These can be dressed up with all kinds of holiday sprinkles in whatever colors and flavors you fancy. Portion these by the half dozen in clear cellophane bags for a festive homespun gift!

If you can’t find the dry frosting mix needed for this easy version locally, it can be ordered online. However, it costs much more than it would at a grocery store. Alternatively, see my recipe for Classic Divinity, and watch the weather forecast for a dry day.

Easy No-Cook Divinity Candy

Heather Baird
This no-cook divinity recipe takes the guess work (and candy thermometer!) out of making the classic Christmas candy.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Up to 24 hours drying time 1 d
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 dozen

Equipment

  • Large open star decorator piping tip
  • Piping bag

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 box 7.2 oz. Betty Crocker Home Style Fluffy White Frosting Mix
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Assorted holiday sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Cover two or more large baking sheets with parchment paper or waxed paper.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine the frosting mix (dry mix), the corn syrup, and the boiling water. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. With the mixer still running on medium, slowly add in confectioners’ sugar a little at a time; mix until just combined. Don’t over mix or you’ll deflate the batter. Add the vanilla and mix briefly. The finished mixture should be billowy and light, and a little bit stretchy like classic divinity.
  • Piped: Transfer the candy to a piping big fitted with an open star decorator tip. Pipe the mixture in swirls about the size of a large gumball onto the prepared pans. Immediately cover with sprinkles, if using.
  • Spooned: Drop candy mixture by the heaping teaspoon onto the prepared pans. Immediately cover with sprinkles, if desired.
  • Let candies stand, uncovered, until dry to the touch, about 6-8 hours. When the outside of the candies feel firm, turn over. Dry 6 more hours, or overnight. Store candies in an airtight container.

Notes

Variation: After the candy mixture is prepared, 1 cup of toasted nuts may be folded in. Use the spoon method to portion.
Keyword christmas candy, divinity, no cook
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Unknown
Unknown
1 year ago

I'm always looking for new Christmas treats. I can't wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing.
Merry Christmas ?

Tabby
Tabby
1 year ago

Remember this frosting from the past, so many uses for it. Thanks for the recipe and memories

Danielle
Danielle
1 year ago

These turned out really well!! We're in a super humid climate and I've never managed to get the real thing to set properly. Also I had no idea that frosting mix was even a thing. Thanks so much!!

Unknown
Unknown
1 year ago

As I commented on your IG, I am so happy YOU found the box for two reasons:
1) you truly appreciate it
2) you are sharing its contents with so many others who would have missed out!

Are the red shards decorating some of the divinity broken cinnamon imperials? Those are my favorite presentation.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
1 year ago
Reply to  Unknown

Aw, thank you! I intend to share more in the near future.

The little red shards are crushed peppermint, which can be DIY'd with candy canes, but I bought a little bottle of already crushed pieces (Wilton brand, I think). I do love cinnamon imperials, though. I might just have to try crushing some for a topping!

Ella
Ella
7 months ago

How long do these last? And can you freeze them

Pam
Pam
6 months ago

Can I use Betty Crocker Whipped Fluffy White Frosting instead?