• (noun): A confection made of nut kernels, especially almonds or pecans, stirred in boiling sugar syrup until crisp and brown.

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  • (noun): cookie-sized candy made of brown sugar and butter and pecans

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Praline (US: ; New Orleans, Cajun and UK: ) is a form of confection containing at a minimum nuts and sugar; cream is a common third ingredient.
There are two main types:

French pralines, a firm combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.
American pralines, a softer, creamier combination of syrup and pecans, hazelnuts or almonds with milk or cream, resembling fudge.Belgian pralines consist of a chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling, traditionally made of different combinations of hazelnut, almonds, sugar, syrup and often milk-based pastes. These high-fat, low-melting point chocolates are at the luxury end of Belgian chocolate and represent an important product of many Belgian chocolatiers.
A praline cookie is a chocolate biscuit containing ground nuts. Praline is usually used as a filling in chocolates or other sweets.

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  • Syrin -- The chewy praline is a Central Texas thing, they'd never fly in Louisiana.

  • The law school dean, who says his instructor would describe him as "diligent and well-meaning," raised funds at a tempting "praline" party hosted by friend and attorney Nancy Couvillon, where guests learned how to cook the tempting desserts.

  • The core of the company's operation is still designer chocolates — indeed, its "7 Deadly Sins to Share," a stark, postmodern box filled with black currant and Champagne (pride), almond praline (wrath) and passion fruit (envy) chocolates, among others, may be this Valentine's Day's most high-concept box of candy.

  • You can wow your guests and use up leftovers at the same time—just add bacon, broccoli or mushrooms to a savory soufflé or fold chocolate chunks, crushed praline or rum-soaked raisins into dessert variations.

  • Penny raved about her Comice Pear "Autumn Salad," with persimmons, pomegranates and walnut praline powder.

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