Candy - What is it, Who invented it.
candy is a meringue-type confection also known as white
divinity fudge. Food historians believe that divinity
candy most likely originated in the early 1900s. Although
recipes for various nougat and sweet meringue-type
confections can be traced to ancient Turkish and 17th
century Europe. Food historians generally agree that
Divinity is an early 20th century American invention
because of the primary ingredients in early Divinity
recipes is corn syrup.
titled "divinity" appeared in an American
cookbook in 1915. According to these early recipes, the
cook beats the ingredients and then drops the mixture by
spoonfuls for cooling. However, a recipe for divinity
fudge appeared in The New York Times about eight years
earlier. This fudge recipe that included cold milk and
chopped nuts instructed the cook to spread the mixture in
a pan and cut in squares after cooling.
references are made to divinity candy being a Southern
food, there is no confirmation that is was started in that
area of the country. The southern reference could be
attributed to the version of divinity that is garnished in
the center by a pecan half.
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