praline

[prah-leen, prey-, prah-leen]
noun
1.
a French confection consisting of a caramel-covered almond or, sometimes, a hazelnut.
2.
a cookie-size confection made especially of butter, brown sugar, and pecans: developed in New Orleans in the early 19th century.
3.
a similar confection of nuts mixed or covered with chocolate, coconut, maple sugar or syrup, etc.

Origin:
1715–25; < French; named after Marshall César du Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), whose cook invented them

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praline (ˈprɑːliːn)
 
n
1.  a confection of nuts with caramelized sugar, used in desserts and as a filling for chocolates
2.  Also called: sugared almond a sweet consisting of an almond encased in sugar
 
[C18: from French, named after César de Choiseul, comte de Plessis-Praslin (1598--1675), French field marshal whose chef first concocted it]

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praline
1727, from Fr. praline, from the name of Marshal Duplessis-Praslin (1598-1675, pronounced "praline"), whose cook invented the confection.
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praline

in French confectionery, a cooked mixture of sugar, nuts, and vanilla, often ground to a paste for use as a pastry or candy filling, analogous to marzipan; also, a sugar-coated almond or other nutmeat. In the cookery of the American South, the term denotes a candy of sugared pecan meats or coconut.

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Example sentences
If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the crispy pecan waffle, dressed with a pecan praline syrup.
The imported sort, coated with dark chocolate and dusted with praline.
You'll make fillings for chocolates such as praline, caramel and truffle, or hand decorate chocolates and seasonal specialties.
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