National Pralines Day

National Pralines Day is celebrated every year on 24th June.  During the 17th Century, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), a French sugar industrialist inspired Pralines at the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte. Originally Pralines were crafted by coating almonds into caramelized sugar. The recipe developed after it was taken to Louisiana, USA by French settlers and New Orleans chefs eventually replaced pecans for almonds and included cream to condense the confection. Currently Pralines is available in different flavors and include an array of nuts.

How to Celebrate the Day

On this day, Praline, which is a confection prepared from sugar syrup and nuts is honored globally. Pralines also refer to any chocolate cookie which contains nuts or the ground powder.  There is a wide range of pralines to be liked-

  • French Pralines - An amalgamation of almonds and caramelized sugar.
  • American Pralines - Having cream or milk, these are creamier and softer, and resemble fudge.
  • Belgian Pralines - Containing hard chocolate shell with a soft and occasionally liquid filling.

Importance of the Day

In Europe National Pralines Day is also known as Midsummer Day. It is the mid-point between the first planting day and the last harvest day.


The four significant places to celebrate National Pralines Day in the French Quarter of the USA are –

  • §  Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop - 810 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
  • §  Laura’s Candies- 331 Chartres St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  • §  Loretta’s Authentic Pralines- 1100 N Peters St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
  • §  Southern Candy Makers- 334 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70130

Every year, this day is celebrated with various activities. All the Praline Makers organize an array of events to enjoy the day.

In 2014, Aunt Sally’s, a renowned Praline Maker, organized number of events between June 22 and June 25. The events included free demonstration and tastings on how to apply Aunt Sally’s Praline in various ways and how to make popcorn more delicious with pralines.

There was also free demonstration on Praline making as well as free Pralinettes and Giveaways for the participants.

However, the events for this year are yet to be declared.

National Pralines Day