If you love classic divinity for Christmas, you’ll fall fast for this Easy Jell-O Divinity for Easter & springtime! Super simple, gorgeous colors, and fun flavors that make for an unexpected treat everyone will love.
So generally speaking, I’m a pretty observant person.
You could say I have great attention to detail. That, combined with my perfectionism is the perfect ratio for daily anxiety attacks. (Kind of kidding). But it also means I notice things a lot of people don’t. And because I was raised to be super suspicious (thanks, Mom), that combined with my eye for detail makes me a double whammy in the paying-attention department.
So I have this neighbor, right? And they drive a one of those big economy vans. And the van advertises for house cleaning but literally says nothing else. In big, black letters on the side: HOUSE CLEANING with a generic picture of a woman holding a hand-held vacuum cleaner – and the woman isn’t even wearing a maid or cleaning uniform. It’s just some chick holding a little Dirt Devil on the side of a van.
But – you guys, I’m not kidding – ALL the van says is “HOUSE CLEANING” on both sides. No business name, no business license number, no phone number, no address, no follow-us-on-Facebook, no catchy slogan, NOTHING. Just: “HOUSE CLEANING.”
So now it has me wondering – is this “house cleaning” van a rouse for something? Are my neighbors FBI agents working undercover in this covert operation? Are they CIA and getting ready to ambush a suspect? Are they Russian spies? Are they alien hunters, convinced one walks among us in my little neighborhood? Are they storm chasers and that’s the only van they could use? Are they serial killers in disguise? Or are they really house cleaners with a terrible business model that involves me googling all “house cleaning” services in my area, trying to match up my neighbor’s van with a real business?
But now I’m SUPER freaked that they’ll read this and be onto me and then they’ll like, take me to some abandoned warehouse and force me to write a positive Yelp review for their house cleaning services. “They’re legit!”, I’ll type with tears streaming down my face as they hold the suction part of the vacuum close enough to my face that the hair on my head stands up without quite being sucked in. “I’d hire them again and again for their excellent cleaning services!” “Press ENTER and SAVE IT TO YOUR PROFILE,” they’ll demand before they switch off the Dirt Devil and release me into the wild.
Who knows. But I’m onto them. But I’m also like, will you vacuum my whole house – including the stairs – for free and I promise I won’t blow your cover? (Kind of kidding).
ANYWAY. When I’m not being suspicious of strange business models, I’m making candy – specifically this Easy Jell-O Divinity. And I’m here today to tell you A) not to be scared of divinity, as it’s just a harmless little blob of nougat-y, fudgy goodness, and B) it’s not just a Christmas candy anymore!
This Jell-O Divinity is made with – you guessed it – fruity Jell-O powder which gives it that gorgeous pastel color and wonderful fruity flavor. The best part is, you can use whatever Jell-O you prefer, so this is totally customizable to your favorite flavors. I went with Strawberry, Lime, and Orange because those were classic, but these would be so delicious with Grape, Lemon, Berry Blue, or even one of the fun Jell-O flavors like Watermelon or Strawberry Banana. Or BLACK CHERRY. OMG. BRB, making Black Cherry Divinity!
This recipe is my basic Divinity recipe I posted back in December but just slightly tweaked. The result is an easy, fudgy, unique candy everyone will flip for!
Easy Jell-O Divinity Candy
- FOR ONE BATCH OF DIVINITY one flavor per batch:
- 2 egg whites
- 2¼ cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
- One 3-ounce box Jell-O any flavor of your choice - I made strawberry, lime, and orange, but you can use whatever flavor you prefer!
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, water, and corn syrup together, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260 degrees F, about 7-10 minutes.
- Just before the corn syrup mixture reaches temperature, whip your egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle in the Jell-O powder & salt and beat again until incorporated.
- With the mixer running on medium-low, slowly drizzle in the hot corn syrup mixture. This should take you a good minute or two as you want to incorporate it very slowly. Once the hot corn syrup mixture is fully in the mixing bowl, increase the mixing speed to medium-high and continue beating until the candy is no longer glossy and the candy holds its shape, about 6-10 minutes. You can absolutely test one scoop of the candy onto the parchment paper - if it holds up, it's ready.
- Grease two spoons with cooking spray and scoop out the candy onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Flick your wrists gently to get the little swoops in the candy. You can make the candy as big or small as you'd like; mine were about 2 Tablespoon-sized. Repeat, working quickly, with remaining candy.
- Allow candy to set, at room temperature for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight until firm to the touch. Store remaining candy in an airtight container.
I love the bright pop of color and the unexpected fruity flavor of these fudgy, nougat-y little morsels of heaven! These would make excellent Easter gifts, wrapped in little cellophane bags. 🙂
Have a super sweet day!
I broke my mixer at Christmas making divinity. Mixed to long (?) burned out the motor.
You must have a stand mixer with a strong motor for this recipe. All divinity is super thick. It will bog down the motor of a hand mixer and destroy it.
Beat your mixture 4 minutes with hand mixer then beat by hand. Will save your mixer.
Jai Want says
Such a beautiful article and the meal is so elegant.
I wouldn’t make any candy, if it has been raining. Too much moisture in the air, candy might not turn out. just saying.
I have found that to be true.
Tina collins says
What is jello in australia
Hi Tina! Jello is a flavored gelatin powder here in the States. You could always omit the Jello powder and use a 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp flavored extract and a drop or two of food coloring for each different flavor. Think lemon extract and yellow coloring, lime extract and green coloring, etc.
Think of aero plane jelly
Tina W says
Has anyone used sugar free jello
kim Cunningham says
I have used it many times and have never had any leftover. I also have never had anyone ask if it was plain or sugar free. I did quit using it when I was diagnosed with autoimmune illnesses as it can contribute to flare ups and increased joint pain.
I’ve always been told not to make divinity when it rains.
I’m from South Africa.
Just made these beautiful little blobs.
I don’t know what I did wrong?
My blobs looks realy dry. They taste geate.
Hi Ursula, divinity is a very finicky candy to make and humidity in the air can affect how it sets up. If it was really humid the day you made it – or was raining, perhaps – it could make them not set up as properly or dry them out. I’m sorry they turned dry on you!
O thank you, it did rain the previous night.
but there is nothing wrong with the taste….;-)
Not one person complaint about it…..ha ha ha.
Tastes like French Nougat….njom njom
greetings from SA
You crack me up!! I love the way you write and can’t wait to try this recipe!
Donna Webb says
Ursula, you have to work very fast when you spoon the divinity on to the wax paper. If the divinity gets to hard, all you have to do is add a teaspoon of hot tap water to the divinity. Mix until blended using your electric mixer. The divinity should be shinny when you spoon it out. It will dry some on the wax paper. Hope this will help you.
Stacey Lane says
If your candy came out really dry, you either cooked it too long or mixed it too long. If you make it on a humid day it will not set. Kind of like caulk. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not that difficult.
Kathy Bricker says
I came across your recipe while looking to make an easy Divinity. I love your website. The story out of the blue about your neighbors was so unexpected and hilarious. You have my undivided attention. I even read it to my husband and sent the link to my sister. I think you are FABULOUS I have subscribed to your newsletter/site. And I look forward to seeing and reading more Thank you. Kathy B.
Awh, thank you very much for the sweet comment, Kathy! Appreciate that. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Nikki Becton says
Yummy! I made mine with Cranberry jello for the Christmas Holiday and it tastes delicious!
I want to add a photo because they are ad pretty as they are yummy, but I don’t know how 🙁
yasmeen sham says
Thank you so much can I use piping bag to make shape from it did you try it .thank you again
Ronda Price says
Divinity sets up pretty quickly and I think if you put it in a piping bag it will set up to fast.
Love love love these! I just finished another batch. My daughter even used this for her 4th grade measurements school project. She loved picking out the flavors (Jolly Rancher green apple and Blue Raspberry). Thank so much for sharing these bites of sugar heaven!
Have you tried making this in a microwave? I’ve seen many microwave candy recipes, and it might be worth a try.
Hi Tina, I personally have not, but I would definitely research methods if I were you to ensure it was successful!
Can I replace corn syrup with glucose syrup or orther syrup?
Hi Estelle, I have not tried that but I would be eager to hear if it was successful for you!
I just tried the recipe with glucose (in Greece we don’t have corn syrup) and they turned out great! They are so addictive!
Nancy Shackelford says
Corn syrup can be replaced with any of several syrups in candy making. Agave nectar is the closest. The others will have more flavor: Brown rice syrup., ..Honey., Golden syrup., Black treacle., Cane syrup.(sorghum), Tapioca syrup. .Maple syrup..
I notice it says a sprinkle of jello but do I use all the jello in the box.
It says use a BOX of jello in ingredients list.
Then states to sprinkle jello powder in as you mix it.
Please always read a recipe through before making a recipe or it will not turn out correctly.
Humidity definitely affects divinity – I have been making divinity for forty years.
First of all, i just loved your little story about the neighbours. You are an excellent storyteller and author.
I did not even know there is something such as “Divinity Sweets”.
I think this will be a great treat for my grandchildren.
I am also from South Africa and i love to see what women from other countries are making.
I now can’t wait to go and try it.
Hello ! I cannot wait to tray these divine Divinities, I have only a question, the egg whites are not cooked…. how do I make sure it is safe for my kids?
Hi Claudia! The sugar mixture is scalding hot and when added to the egg whites, it should make them safe to eat. However, you can always use pasteurized egg whites!
Jan Christensen says
What a nifty idea and delishious. Thank you for the recipe.
Karenrose Garcia says
My mom always made lime divinity when I was younger, she would put walnuts in them. This brings back wonderful memories from my childhood. My mom is 91 years old and is in assisted living. Thank you for this recipe!!!
I just wanted to say I used a hand mixer it turned out great. Just as it all thickens and tries to form a ball putting a strain on it I stopped probably 5-6 minutes and it turned out perfectly!! Thanks for recipe
Just made this. Had to sue sugar free orange jello because that is all they had for orange. It turned out great. I made one batch strawberry and one orange.
Have been making this with my mom for 50 years. Lime is the best!
Madelein Smit says
I am new to this kind of candy but wanted to see if I could master it. I followed all the instructions and used a thermometer but the mix stayed very glossy and didn’t hold it’s own shape very well. I was wondering, what is your exact cup measure in mililitres? Sometimes it can get confusing when recipes are made in other countries where measurements differ. I am from South Africa and here a cup is 250ml. The candy is drying at the moment so I am yet to see what the texture will be, but the taste is amazing! I am determined to get it perfect, thanks for all the detailed instructions.
Could I use Torani drink flavoring or wine instead of Jell-O to flavor the divinty?
Hi Gail, no you cannot. The liquid will affect the texture of the candy.
Beverly Cleaveland says
I was just researching tonight to see if there was a Keto/Low Carb recipe for divinity. I found a recipe for making a low carb Light Syrup. Have you ever tried to make divinity low carb by any chance?
Hi Beverly, I have not tried using a low carb light syrup before. It may work, but I can’t say for certainty.
How long does it last in an air tight container
I’d say about 5 days to one week.
Can you spread this in a baking dish and cut it into logs? We have a restaurant here in SD that sells Divinity Nut logs. It’s very expensive.
Hi Vicki, that’s interesting, I never thought about this! I suppose you could if you greased your pan really well, or maybe tried a disposable foil pan!