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Pralines Have A Long History!


While sugar cookies may be a Christmas tradition in some homes, or the building of gingerbread houses, many native Louisianans have a different tradition for the sweet treats that they will be making for their holiday festivities; and that is the praline. Pralines are a type of candy that is made from pecans, sugar, cream, and butter, and they have become synonymous with Louisiana and more specifically New Orleans. These candies can be found as a part of any Louisiana families’ festivities, and after reading more about these spectacular sweet treats, you will want to make them a part of your celebrations too.

* The praline that New Orleans is famous for is a little bit different from the first praline ever made. When the recipe reached the Gulf coast, cream was added to make it to confection that we have come to love today.

* Clement Lassange, a chef who worked at the Château de Vaux-le-Vic for Marèchal du Plessis-Praslin, a sugar industrialist, was the inventor of the praline.

* Lassange coated almonds in sugar which were said to be used as gifts to visiting ladies or as a digestive aid.

* The candy got its name from Lassange’s master, Marechal du Plessis-Praslin.

* Lassange later retired and sold the recipe for the candy.

* The praline came to America with the French settlers who came to Louisiana, but the recipe was changed to use local ingredients such as the pecan and brown sugar.

* The praline legend has it that a French woman who was homesick for her native country decided to try and make the pralines that she remembered from her childhood. She had to use brown sugar instead of white and pecans instead of almonds, and that is how the southern or the New Orleans praline came to be.

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