Ask your spouse what pralines are. If your spouse is a man, chances are they will have no idea. If your spouse is a woman, she will wonder why you are asking such an obvious question.

I recently learned myself what they are. I was driving to Costco, about 10 miles away, and I asked my wife if she needed me to pick up anything. She said she needed more pecans, and when I was in the store, I noticed a big plastic jar of pralines that looked similar but much better, so I got them.

Pralines are the most delicious things I have ever tasted. (I have always liked pecans anyway.)

Pralines are pecans with a candy coating of brown sugar. My mother used to make them herself in her oven, very occasionally, usually near a holiday and gave them out as gifts, but she did not call them anything (that I heard). Apparently, there are different styles, but they differ only in physical form, and are basically the same. Growing up, I got to eat the burnt ones. The brand Costco sells are perfect.

Praline is also a flavor, and pralines are often sold as a chocolate candy with a praline-flavored nougat center to non-purists. Be careful what you order.

If you are a woman, you probably already know about pralines. If you are a man, it is all new to you, but you will forget it by tomorrow, illustrating my point.


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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