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What is a praline?

praline. a French confection consisting of a caramel-covered almond or, sometimes, a hazelnut. a cookie-size confection made especially of butter, brown sugar, and pecans: developed in New Orleans in the early 19th century. a similar confection of nuts mixed or covered with chocolate, coconut, maple sugar or syrup, etc.

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.

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