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How To Make Pralines


A New Orleans favorite for more than 200 years, this candy is quick and easy.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan or skillet, combine 2 cups of white sugar and 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar. Add 3/4 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring only to prevent sticking. When the candy begins to boil, add 2 cups of coarsely chopped pecans, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  3. When the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, or about 236° on a candy thermometer, remove from heat and let stand for about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla and begin beating with a wooden spoon. Beat for about 2 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  5. As soon as the mixture shows signs of thickening, spoon onto buttered foil or wax paper using a tablespoon.
  6. Once the pralines have cooled, wrap as desired and store in airtight containers. Pralines may be frozen.


  1. For creamier pralines, add a few teaspoons of light corn syrup to the sugar and milk mixture.

What You Need

  • Heavy saucepan
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 c evaporated milk
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped

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