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
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
Recipe type: Candy
This Easy Jell-O Divinity is so fun! The Jell-O flavors the divinity candy and turns it gorgeous rainbow colors. Wonderful for springtime and especially Easter!
- FOR ONE BATCH OF DIVINITY (one flavor per batch):
- 2 egg whites
- 2 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ⅛ 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!