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5 Spots For The Perfect Praline In New Orleans

Picture of Rebeca Trejo
Updated: 9 February 2017
Made from butter, cream, sugar, and of course Louisiana-grown pecans, the praline, correctly pronounced PRAH-leen, is one of New Orleans’ quintessential desserts. Brought to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful, by French settlers during the 19th century, this European-styled candy was created back in the 17th century by of a cook who worked for the French diplomat César du Plessis Praslin. It was transformed into an American South institution by the city chefs who substituted pecans for almonds and added cream to thicken the confection. Today, pralines are seen as a can’t-miss Creole treat for visiting travelers; we’ve rounded up the best NOLA spots to try the sugary, creamy, pecan-laden candy.

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines

Serving one of the best praline confections in the Big Easy for over 35 years, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines is a classic candy counter located inside the popular French Market. The sweets bar, which opens daily from 9am. to 6pm, offers visiting tourists many variations of New Orleans’ most popular sugar-treat, including peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, no-pecan, and rum, as well as praline favors and tasters. Loretta’s also hosts an inventory filled with mouthwatering cookies, macaroons, marshmallows and fudge.

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, 2101 North Rampart, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 944 7068

Southern Candymakers

Winner of the Atlanta Gourmet Market award for Best Candy, Southern Candymakers boasts a city-wide eminence when it comes to NOLA-styled pralines. Opened nearly 20 years ago, this family-owned store has two downtown locations, one located on Decatur Street and the other inside the historic French Market. Their must-have handcrafted confections, which range from pralines and toffees to caramels and chocolates, include the sweet potato, rum, and coconut pralines. Be sure to bring an appetite while visiting the candy shop, open every day from 9am to 7pm, because they also serve a variety of must-try delicious sweets such as the chocolate pecan fudge, the peanut pirogues, the cashew brittle, and the white chocolate macadamia toffee.

French Market location: 1010 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 525 6170

French Quarter location: 334 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 523 5544

Aunt Sally’s

An authentic purveyor of all things New Orleans, Aunt Sally’s is a French Quarter store that has been making Creole pecan pralines on-site since 1935. The iconic shop, selling from 8am to 8pm daily, cooks up fresh batches of the handmade, hand-poured confection every day, and their most acclaimed pralines are the Creole triple chocolate, the creamy banana foster and the creamy café au lait. Aunt Sally’s visitors also have the chance of shopping for regional cookbooks, traditional food, and NOLA-themed memorabilia.

Aunt Sally’s, 810 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 524 3373

The Praline Connection

What began as ‘a home delivery service targeting career women who were too busy to prepare home cooked meals for their families’ is now The Praline Connection, a Frenchmen Street restaurant serving Cajun-Creole style food and signature pralines for dessert at affordable prices. The down-home eatery, which opened in 1990, features made-to-order pralines, which are prepared in the old fashioned, spoon dripped method, as well as two other dessert confections bathed in praline sauce: bread pudding and cheesecake. This local favorite, open daily from 11am to 10pm (except for Sundays when business closes at 9pm), is the perfect spot for those looking to experience a traditional New Orleans meal and dessert all at the same place.

The Praline Connection, 542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 943 3934

Mister Apple Candy Store

Luring customer in with gourmet, caramel-dipped candy apples, Mister Apple Candy Store is a sweet shop also known for its Creole praline confections. The apple-themed joint, located inside the historic French Quarter, suits those looking for a quick, one-stop spot to try the original version of the New Orleans specialty. Aside from the pralines, local favorites at the store include the brownies drizzled in white chocolate, the dark-chocolate-covered pretzels and the caramel with white chocolate and Butterfinger gourmet apple. Mister Apple Candy Store is open every day from 10am to 9pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays when the store closes at 11pm.

Mister Apple Candy Store, 201 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504 524 0601

By Rebeca Trejo