National Pralines Day 2020: Important Date, History, Facts and How to celebrate National Pralines Day

National Pralines Day 2020: National Pralines Day is observed on June 24 to honor the confection made from nuts and sugar syrup. Get the information about the history, types of pralines, facts from this article.  

Niranjani | Updated Jun 22, 2020 15:28 PM

National Pralines Day 2020: Important Date, History, Facts and How to celebrate National Pralines Day

National Pralines Day 2020

Every year, National Pralines Day is celebrated on June 24 around the world. Praline is a candy made of grounded nuts or whole pieces of nuts together with sugar syrup. Every chocolate cookie that contains the ground powder of nuts is also called praline. Some praline types include Belgian pralines, French pralines and American pralines. Pralines are loved in many different ways by people all over the world. This day reminds people to enjoy their favourite delicacy.
 

What is the history of Pralines?

At the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, praline was created by a French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin. The original praline was made of entirely almond covered with caramel sugar. 

The French settlers brought their recipe to Louisiana, an region of the United States where there was an abundance of sugar cane and pecan trees. New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds during the 19th century, added cream to thicken the confection and thus produced what is known as the praline in the Southern United States.

No chocolates have been discovered at this time. The ingredient was added to it when chocolates were discovered, and was named as praline.

Technically, it becomes praline when ground nuts are added to the chocolate. Then, it entered Belgium, where pralines had a rich, liquid rather than strong chocolate centre.

What are the types of praline?

There are three main types of pralines they are

Belgian pralines -  Consists of a hard chocolate shell with softer, liquid filling and has a different combination of nuts with sugar syrup. 

French Pralines - A combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.

American Pralines - Contain milk or cream which are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.

How to observe the National Pralines Day?

Celebrate National Pralines Day by enjoying a variety of pralines in ice cream, cakes, cookies, pudding etc. Some of the ideas to enjoy the National Pralines day are

  • Try some of pralines recipes by using favorite nuts in it

  • Gift the homemade pralines to the friends and relatives

  • Go to nearby candy shop and try out the different kinds of pralines

  • Spend some time in learning about the history of pralines

  • Use #NationalPralinesDay on social media and share the celebration of praline day

National Pralines Day - Facts

  • Initially,  pralines were whole almonds individually coated in sugar syrup

  • The grounded powder was mixed with chocolate, it became praliné in French which gave birth to what is known as chocolate praliné in French

  • In France and Switzerland, the word praliné is used colloquially to refer to these various chocolate-coated centres, simply known as ‘chocolates’ in English

  • Pralines are sometimes called ‘pecan candy’ in New Orleans, Acadiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • 'Pralines and Cream' is a popular flavor of ice cream in the USA and in Canada

  • The most expensive praline chocolate in the world is worth $240,000 created in Brussels, Belgium 

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National Pralines Day 2020- FAQ

1. What is a praline chocolate?  

In French, a praline refers to an almond or hazelnut-coated confectionery with sugar syrup. In Belgium, a chocolate candy with a filling is known as the ‘praline’.

2. Where did pralines come from?  

At the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, praline was created by a French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin. The original praline was made of entirely almond covered with caramel sugar.

 

3. What nut is used in praline?  

While the original French praline recipe used almonds, during the mid 1700s that nut was not as easily attainable in the south. Pecan trees, native to Louisiana and other southern states offered a tasty alternative where pecan are used instead of almonds.