I'm very happy to report that I was able to successfully make divinity after my 4th attempt. This round, I bought a decent candy thermometer, and cooked the syrup mixture to 260, hard ball stage. I also swtched from electric hand beaters to an electric stand mixture, which made all the difference. I'm in the NorthWest, and during a heatwave, so the humidity was a problem. I thought I was going to end up with another sloppy sticky mess, but stubbornly continued to drop the dough into spoonfuls on waxpaper. They started out as runny blobs, but as I continued, the dough began to stiffen and become lighter, also hold its shape better. I think that next time I will allow the dough to cool a bit before putting it onto wax paper.
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I'm very happy to report that I was able to successfully make divinity after my 4th attempt. ...