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Pralines are decadent and rich in flavor. Containing nuts and a combination of chocolate, coconut, maple sugar or syrup, the well-known candy is one of the bestsellers at Serenata Chocolates. Originating in France and eventually making its way to New Orleans, pralines have undergone changes as ingredients were added and removed.
Pralines are one of the best tasting chocolates in the world. These chocolates are made out of maple syrup or plain syrup, nuts and rich, dark chocolates. The confections are made basically out of these vital ingredients.
Pralines originated from France. These chocolates are made by a French sugar industrialist from the 17th century named Marshal du Plessis-Praslin. The earliest forms were made from almonds coated with caramelised sugar. The original version of this chocolate did not include chocolate or cocoa. The chefs in Europe made use of ingredients that are produced locally such as hazelnuts and almonds.
The powder that is produced from nuts that are sugar coated is called a pralin. This is one of the main ingredients in confectioneries made in France such as cakes, ice creams and various pastries. When the powdered sugar coated nuts are added to chocolates, the result is the famous French chocolate praline.
One of the most famous praline chocolate variety is the Belgian chocolates or most commonly referred to as chocolate bonbons among English speaking nations. The Belgian version of pralines makes use of chocolates filled with liquid substances. This chocolate may contain a filling which could be liquor, butter, nut, marzipan or even another rich liquid chocolate variety.
The French confectionery gained world prominence when the recipe reached New Orleans shores in the 19th century. Since Louisiana is abundant with pecan nuts and sugar cane, two of the most vital ingredients, the recipe became an instant hit among the residents in the place. New Orleans chefs modify the recipe by utilising pecans instead of almonds and adding cream to the chocolate mixture. This is the American version of the delicious French chocolate.
You can find various versions of pralines at Serenata online site. You can order Belgian, Chateau Blanc and an assortment of other praline options.