Foodimentary – National Food Holidays
Did you know that originally praline was roughly a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized coating?
Food Facts of Pralines:
- Praline is a type of candy made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder.
- Although the stories surrounding the creation differ, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.
- French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
- In New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, where there are many communities settled by the French, the pronunciation is prah-leen, with the long aaah sound. Other regions of the country, including parts of Texas, Georgia, and New England have anglicized the…
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