Time to choose your “divinity day”!

Recipe: Peppermint Divinity

We restored this delightful turn-of-the-century heirloom, adding a delicious peppermint-flavored twist. 

Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Holiday candy making is a beautiful, old-fashioned Southern tradition. Not only because your results look and taste so wonderful—but because it requires quality time spent with loved ones. Divinity, one of the most traditional Southern Christmas treats of all, is the perfect recipe for some mother-daughter (or son!) bonding in the kitchen.

Watch: How to Make Mrs. Floyd's Divinity

Divinity candies, which look like pillowy white clouds and taste like nougat, are usually topped with pecans. While we love making it the traditional way (like our ever-popular Mrs. Floyd’s Divinity), divinity can also be open to interpretation. Baking experts Nancie McDermott and Jill O’Connor developed an extra-special divinity recipe for our December issue that includes crushed peppermints. They are just as easy to make as the classic, as long as you have a trusty assistant (AKA, your daughter), and a few other things. “Divinity requires a good candy thermometer and a stand mixer, a careful arrangement of all the ingredients before you begin, sunny weather, and your undivided attention,” McDermott and O’Connor explain. (Damp, rainy days do not produce good divinity, so choose a “divinity day” that is sunny and dry.) “Have a helper join you in spooning up the candies and topping them with chopped peppermint candy or candy canes.”

Divinity is the sort of candy that requires an assembly line to make. As one person quickly scoops the divinity mixture and places it onto the prepared baking sheets, the second person can sprinkle them with the crushed peppermints. It’s the kind of recipe that demands that you put down your phone, pay attention, and work together. Which all happen to be important things a mother wants her daughter to learn.