June 24th is National Praline Day.

The original praline was a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized.

French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana. In 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 term and pronounce it pray-leen.

There are different stories surrounding the creation differ; However, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was C├ęsar, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.

In Europe, the praline has evolved to an entirely different candy altogether. In Belgium and France, praline is a smooth paste of cocoa blended with finely ground nuts and used to fill chocolate bon-bons, but when it came to New Orleans it took another road.

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