Need help with candy

  1. I would like some advice please. I've been on medical leave, and today I got bored, so I made a key lime pie. Well then I had these left over egg whites, so I got the bright idea to try to make divinity. I followed the recipe exactly. Heck I have suspicions that my candy thermometer is off, so I used 2 different thermometers (even checked them before hand in boiling water to check accuracy.).
    I beat and beat the crap and it WILL NOT SET. I beat it with electric mixer for over half an hour, and it will not set. It won't even lose it's gloss, I tried beating it by hand, then went back to the mixer, it still will not form stiff peaks, and I'm exhausted.
    I have a big bowel of pecan flavored marshmallow creme sitting on the counter that was supposed to be divinity. Any suggestions on what to do with this stuff? Could I use it in place of marshmallow creme in fudge??
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    [quote=elthia]i would like some advice please. i've been on medical leave, and today i got bored, so i made a key lime pie. well then i had these left over egg whites, so i got the bright idea to try to make divinity. i followed the recipe exactly. heck i have suspicions that my candy thermometer is off, so i used 2 different thermometers (even checked them before hand in boiling water to check accuracy.).
    i beat and beat the crap and it will not set. i beat it with electric mixer for over half an hour, and it will not set. it won't even lose it's gloss, i tried beating it by hand, then went back to the mixer, it still will not form stiff peaks, and i'm exhausted.
    i have a big bowel of pecan flavored marshmallow creme sitting on the counter that was supposed to be divinity. any suggestions on what to do with this stuff? could i use it in place of marshmallow creme in fudge??[/quote]

    send it my way, i'll take care of it for ya :d j/k

    sounds like a divine recipe. sorry i cannot help, but did you try googling for any ideas. good luck (drooling)
  4. by   sjb2005
    I checked with the culinary expert...Wantan. He thinks you may have overbeaten the whites. And if you overfold the whites in...not good.
  5. by   sjb2005
    More from the expert...
    Get some frozen puff pastry, add some pecans and make a coffee cake. Put everything down the middle, fold it and when done baking...apply a drizzle...enjoy!
  6. by   elthia
    Quote from shellyjellybelly
    More from the expert...
    Get some frozen puff pastry, add some pecans and make a coffee cake. Put everything down the middle, fold it and when done baking...apply a drizzle...enjoy!
    Sounds good, Thanks!!
  7. by   babynurselsa
    Old wives tale: If it is cloudy and overcast or rainy divinity will not come out. It has held true for me who many times pays no heed to old wives tales.
    Also It must be mixed in a GLASS bowl and the bowl and utensils must have no oily residue on them.
    These are just a couple of the things I know about why divinity sometimes does not work.
  8. by   dianah
    The egg whites must be room temp, as well. Yes, use clean, DRY glass bowl and utensils.

    I'd go with Shelly's suggestion (always have a Plan B ), and try again another time. Kudos to you for trying!!
  9. by   elthia
    I only use glass mixing bowls, I think it must just be the humidity. I'm thinking of using the goo to ice a cake with.


    LOL, you can tell I'm a nurse, I looked back over at this and realized I spelled bowls like BOWELS
    Last edit by elthia on Dec 1, '05 : Reason: misspelled word
  10. by   dianah
    lol, and I didn't even notice the "bowel" mis-spelling!

    I tried to bake bread one day when it was humid. I followed all the directions, made it the same way I'd made it in the past, but it just didn't turn out at ALL. I think I had to toss the whole batch! Sometimes baking and cooking can be mysterious undertakings, lol!
  11. by   VeryPlainJane
    you can pipe the cream on to a cookie sheet and bake them at 200 for several hours till they dry out....they will be like candy kisses
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from babynurselsa
    Old wives tale: If it is cloudy and overcast or rainy divinity will not come out. It has held true for me who many times pays no heed to old wives tales.
    Also It must be mixed in a GLASS bowl and the bowl and utensils must have no oily residue on them.
    These are just a couple of the things I know about why divinity sometimes does not work.
    Hmmm well then that would mean I can't make it here for Christmas at all?????
    (seattle)

    I make meringues that turn out awesome -----I add some peppermint, tiny pieces of pepper mint candies and miniature chocolate chips, red and green sugar sparkles and they are SOOOO GOOD.

    I am not a fan of divinity. But I do know I can turn out good egg whites no matter the weather----it's storing that becomes a problem, as our humidity is
    VERY high this time of year here. I usually have to keep them in some sort of airtight container and they get eaten fast, anyhow.


    The tips above are right-on. VERY clean bowl and utensils w/o a trace of grease or fat ---critical. Also, not even a trace of yolk in the egg white---critical. And knowing when to stop beating is the most critical of all----you have to test the whites frequently-----once they form stiff peaks that stay up you STOP beating immediately. Also, if adding sugar, this must be done very slowly, or you will "beat down" the whites into a sugary, flat mess. I have learned this by experience, thru the years.

    Sounds as if you have to start over. I have no idea what you should do w/the stuff you have now, I supposed you can bake it into a white cake????-----good luck!
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have found my metal kitchen aide bowl (the one that came w/the stand mixer)----works fine-----glass is good, too. I have made my best meringues since I got the Kitchen Aide mixer, actually.

    Just no plastic bowls.

    Maybe just me, but, I have come to believe egg-white/meringue success comes more with knowing your timing, not whether the bowl is glass or metal.....and the bowl being perfectly clean is so critical.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 1, '05
  14. by   babynurselsa
    LOL Deb I guess I jus thought you Seattle folks had to have your divinity imported. Even the old recipe books I have say this. I do believe it has to do with the humidity.

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