On June 24, we celebrated National Praline Day by giving away tons of free pralines all over New Orleans. The Aunt Sally’s staff enjoyed meeting our fans, and we hope you enjoyed tasting our famous homemade praline recipe.
We asked you to post a #sweetselfie for a chance to win a year of free pralines, and you sure stepped up. Congratulations to Marci Ortega, who won our random draw and will enjoy a whole year of Aunt Sally’s goodness shipped right to her house!
The history of pralines
Like a lot of good stories, this one has a few different versions. However, most people agree that the praline is named after Cesar du Plessis-Praslin, a French diplomat. His chef, Clement Lassagne, began sugarcoating almonds as a digestive aid for his employer — and voila, the praline was born.
French settlers later brought the recipe to Louisiana, where they replaced almonds with the South’s plentiful pecans and added cream to thicken the confection. In 1935, Aunt Sally’s cooked up our first batch of authentic Louisiana pralines, and we’ve been doing it ever since.