The Sweet Story of How the Praline Came to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Living in New Orleans, you’ve probably eaten hundreds or thousands of pralines in your lifetime, but believe it or not, pralines didn’t start here.

“A lot of people mistake it for a cookie.  It’s not a cookie, it’s a candy.”

Jean Stickney at Pralines by Jean knows how the popular praline candy made it’s way to New Orleans over 200 years ago.

“When the French settled in New Orleans, they brought the praline with them.  At the time, it was just an almond coated in sugar, so when the King’s cook decided to prepare them here, they had to use pecans.  Pecans are native to New Orleans and almonds aren’t, so they replaced the almonds with pecans,”  Stickney said.

Later, cream and butter were added to make the pralines thicker.  Now they’re known as the southern praline.  They’re rich in both taste and history.

“Women would make them in the kitchen and then sell them on the streets to make extra money to pay for things,”  she said.

She also wanted to set the record straight about how to pronounce pralines.

“If you look in the dictionary, both “praleen” or “prawline” are correct, but here in New Orleans we pronounce it “prawline”.  In Cajun country, a lot of people say “plarine” and even some in New Orleans call it “pecan candy”.

There’s a few ways to say it, but only way if you want to sound like a true New Orleanian.

June 24th is National Praline Day.

Pralines by Jean will be selling special coconut and almond pralines to celebrate.

Pralines by Jean is located at 1728 St. Charles Avenue between Polymnia and Euterpe Streets.

For more information: pralinesbyjean.com

 


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