What is a praline?

What is a praline?

You might be wondering: what exactly is a praline? Let us lay it out for you.

praline[prah-leen, prey-]

By definition, a praline is a confection of nuts with caramelized sugar, used in desserts, the basics of which include nuts, sugar (obviously) and dairy. Sounds pretty good, right?

Well it gets better.

You can throw all kinds of good stuff in with those basic ingredients. Chocolate? Yes. Coconut? Check. Sea salt? You got it. There’s something to hit that sweet spot on everyone’s taste buds.

The history of the praline itself goes back across the pond to France, to Clement Lassagne, a chef to a French diplomat and sugar industrialist with a sweet tooth.

Rumor has it, the diplomat had Lassagne cook up the pralines to woo the ladies. The diplomat’s name? Praslin. Go figure, right?