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Go Nutty for Pralines on June 24


Smack those lips, and pass the pralines! It’s National Praline Day on June 24.

Ice cream shops feature pralines and cream as daily specials. Confectioners offer specials on crunchy praline candies. It’s a sugar-laden celebration all day long.

What are pralines?
These sweet little morsels consist of almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, or pistachios that are covered in sugary coatings. Pralines recipes vary. They may contain brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, coconut, maple syrup, or other favorites.

According to candy lore, the first pralines were created by the chef of Marshall Cesar du Plessis-Praslin, a 17th Century French diplomat and businessman. The treats later became popular in Louisiana, where cooks went positively nutty with pralines.
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Why not sample these yummy pralines recipes from a host of writers?

Chocolate Pecan Praline Cake – Daniel Dedmon
This is a cake that has an interesting and humorous history as to how it has become known as "a cake that's been hauled everywhere". The cake is indeed wonderful. It's a moist cake with a mild chocolate flavor. Since it's baked in a 9x13 inch pan, it's very easy to transport to wherever you plan to take it.

Here are some easy cookie recipes that require only four ingredients each: Easy Praline Cookies, Easy M&M Cookies, Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls and Easy Fudge Crinkles.

This pecan brittle is a great treat to serve guests if you are planning an office party, picnic, or any holiday occasion. Tasty and simple, it's sure to be a hit. Homemade Pecan Praline Brittle also makes for a wonderful gift for that hard-to-shop-for fellow in your life.



Pecan Praline Cake – Aimee Plesa
Pralines are a popular treat in my home, but they must be homemade. No store bought or pre-made pralines will grace my family members' lips. Candy snobs? You betcha! This cake doesn't capture the true essence of a praline, but it certainly comes close!

Praline Popcorn – Jeri McBryde
Sporting events are ideal times for parties and snacking.  Here’s a recipe the kids will also enjoy. It’s like grown-up Cracker Jack and a super comfort food too.

Praline-Topped Brie – Caradwyne Cooper
Made with orange marmalade, this is a great topper for baguettes, fresh fruit, or your favorite crusty bread. Serve Praline-Topped Brie at a festive gathering.

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Pralines may be crunchy or chewy, but they are a perennial pick, particularly on June 24th – National Praline Day in the U.S.

Image/s:  
Praline Maker by Infrogmation of New Orleans
Creative Commons Licensing/Wikipedia CommonsPhotos
Sweet Pralines by Gren
Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons Photos

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