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.
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-
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 –
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.