Southern Pralines

Box of Southern pralines
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
86 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 16mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Southern pralines are made with pecans and brown sugar. This is a delicious candy for special occasions. 


  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light, packed)
  • 3/4 cup​ half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon​ vanilla
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan.

  2. Add sugars, half-and-half, and salt to saucepan.

  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

  4. Raise heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.

  5. Reduce heat and continue cooking to soft ball stage*, about 234 F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

  6. Add butter and vanilla, but do not stir. Cool for 5 minutes; stir in nuts. Beat with wooden spoon until candy is thickened and no longer glossy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Quickly spoon candy onto buttered baking sheets or waxed paper. If mixture becomes too thick to drop from a spoon, add a little hot water, no more than half a teaspoon at a time. Makes about 36 pralines.

*To test for soft ball stage: A small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up with fingers (234 F to 240 F).

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