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Pecan Pralines are a favorite candy of the South, particularly in Louisiana and Texas.
Anyone who has ever visited New Orleans will remember the wonderful Pecan Pralines that are for sale all over the city. Pecan Pralines are a New Orleans tradition. They also are a holiday tradition in the Southern States, as this gourmet candy is often given as a gift to celebrate seasonal holidays like Christmas. This is a very easy candy to prepare candy that looks somewhat like a cookies, but they are not actually cookies, but a creamy candy with pecans.
History of Pecan Pralines: According to legend, pralines were introduced to the South by French settlers in the seventeenth century. The original treat featured almonds coated in sugar, however, pecans quickly replaced almonds due to their abundant availability in the south. African-American women throughout the 1800s could be found selling pralines in various parts of New Orleans. The praline women would become the most popular of New Orleans street vendors, and they were often found around Jackson Square. Source: Praline or Pecan Candy Vendors, by Chanda M. Nuntez
This is a very easy candy to prepare!
Pecan Pralines Recipe: