National Pralines Day is observed annually on June 24th.  This day honors the praline, a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder of nuts.

Which do you like best?

Belgian Pralines – contain a hard chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling.

French Pralines – a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.

American Pralines – contain milk or cream and are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.

At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines.   These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.

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