Thursday, September 4, 2008

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

My co-worker brought Loretta's Authentic Pralines into work yesterday after visiting New Orleans, but these can also be ordered online. Pralines are a popular New Orleans candy, made from pecans and sugar. According to the website, they "derive their name from the French Marshall Cesar du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), who habitually offered almonds coated in cooked sugar, and his amorous intentions, to famous women. Later, when the French settled in Louisiana, native pecans were substituted for the almonds, and sugar made from Louisiana sugar cane was used to produce a unique Louisiana confection."

According to the ingredients on the packaging, all the pralines are eggless. The founder, Loretta Harrison was the first African American woman to successfully own and operate her own praline company in New Orleans. You can click on the link below to place an order. Currently the company is being affected by Hurricane Gustav, so there may be delays.

click here for Loretta's Authentic Pralines website

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