Today is National Praline Day, which is good news for us. This crumbly, sweet, pecan-packed treats are one of our favorite special-occasion foods. We just can’t get enough of their rich maple flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture. However, we don’t always have time to make these candies from scratch and they can be tough to find in our part of the country. Luckily, we offer several items through NutsOnline that settle our cravings in a pinch.
Our praline almonds are lightly dusted with a sweet coating reminiscent of the popular Southern candies. Praline pecans are even more true to the original treat. If you’re watching calories, our gourmet praline cream coffee is a fantastic way to get a taste of the creamy, nutty sweet without the guilt.
Of course, if you’re so inclined it’s fairly simple to make your own pralines from scratch. We offer nearly all of the quality ingredients that you need to create a sinfully delicious batch of these candies in the comfort of your own home. Though your favorite recipe may vary, we really enjoy this simple, yet scrumptious recipe from FrenchQuarter.com.
Start by combining 1 cup of light brown sugar, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of light cream in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring it occasionally with a wooden spoon to keep it from burning. When it forms a thick syrup, add 2 tbsp. of butter and 1-1/2 cups of halved pecans and continue to cook it, stirring frequently until the butter melts. Remove it from the heat and let the mixture cool in the saucepan for 10 minutes.
Spread a sheet of wax paper on the counter and use a tablespoon to scoop 12 balls of the praline mixture onto the paper, leaving about three inches between each candy so they have room to spread. Let them cool completely, then store the pralines in an airtight container.