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Claire Stewart: Aunt Sally's Pralines

Marketing Director, Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines

Cheryl Gerber Photograph

First of all, is it prah-leen or pray-leen? From Georgia to Texas it’s pray-leen; only in New Orleans is it prah-leen, and has been since before Aunt Sally’s started making them almost 80 years ago.

Why are Aunt Sally’s pralines special? Aunt Sally’s pralines are New Orleans’ most famous pralines. They are cooked in copper pots over gas in the traditional way by talented cooks.

How many varieties are there? At Aunt Sally’s we make three kinds: Creole, Creamy and Chewy. The Creole is thin and crispy; the Creamy has a smooth texture and comes in six flavors; and Chewy is full of pecans and has a caramel texture.

Which ones are the best? That is for you to decide! We have just introduced the first Praline Tour at our St. Charles Avenue location, where you learn about the history of this family-owned company, watch the pralines being cooked and finish with a praline tasting. You take six of your favorite Creole or Creamy home. Reservations for this are necessary!

Do staff have a praline allowance? No, we can eat as many as we want.

Apart from the pralines, what’s another good thing about the company? We always have free samples for our customers.

Tell us a secret about Aunt Sally’s Pralines? You can melt them to create an incredible dessert.

Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines 750 St. Charles Ave. & 810 Decatur St., 524-3373, (800) 642-7257, AuntSallys.com

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