Pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds
in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and
sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who
The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to
Louisiana where chefs in New Orleans eventually substituted pecans for
almonds and added cream.
Pralines now come in many flavors and include several different types
of nuts. It's no wonder they have their own day. Happy National
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