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I am trying to find out what is the best place for pralines in New Orleans. I would like to be able to order some to get my praline fix since I haven't lived in New Orleans in a number of years. I use to get pralines from a shop called Ariel's Pralines back before the hurricane in the Plaza mall. My friends use to get them for me every couple months or so when the craving appears and ship them up to North Carolina for me. This Christmas I had some people that were going to bring/ship some up here for me but plans fell through.

So please let me know of the best place that I can get my praline fix and if they have a website, please link me. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Personally, Loretta's are my favorite. Original.

    http://www.lorettaspralines.stores.ya...

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    1. re: Isabella

      I'm not a praline fan, but my sister-in-law is! She, too, gives top marks to Loretta's.

      Isabella's link wouldn't open for me, so try:

      http://tinyurl.com/3385gq

      1. re: SBrooksB

        Thanks for the link fix!

        Now get yourself a praline fix!

      2. re: Isabella

        is loretta's the one that had a stand at jazz fest last year? if so, i tried em they were good eatin's

        1. re: kevin

          Kevin, i am not 100% sure, but I think they are a Jazz Fest Vendor.

          They are melt in your mouth wonderful & taste like pralines tasted when I was a little girl. Smooth.

        2. re: Isabella

          Did y'all see Loretta's pralines as a "featured local business" of the Miller Beer commercial during the Superbowl? Pretty cool stuff.

        3. Our favorite is Southern Candymakers. They are literally a daily stop during our stays in NOLA. Here is their website: http://www.southerncandymakers.com/St...

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          1. re: NOLALVR

            The turtles at SC are divine.

            1. re: NOLALVR

              Another vote for Southern Candymakers. Wherever you get them, they're a lot better if you're lucky enough to have them when they're still hot/warm.

            2. i like Evans Creole Candy Factory.

              1. thanks so much for all the recommendations. anymore out there?

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                1. re: vttp926

                  Aunt Sally's on Decatur St. (French Market area) makes wonderful pralines. The website is: http://www.auntsallys.com. This store is a daily stop of ours whenever my husband and I go to New Orleans.

                2. well i been looking at these sites. but i have another question. what is the difference between a original and a creole praline? is there something that makes it very distinctive?

                  1. Leah's Pralines are my favorite so far. I haven't tried Loretta's, though. I'm going to have to check those out...

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                    1. re: squeakypeaches

                      Since my last post, I returned to the Quarter and tried Leah's Pralines. They possess a subtle maple flavor and are delicious. However, I still prefer Aunt Sally's originals.

                    2. I just had my first trip to New Orleans over New Year's and discovered Southern Candymaker's. They are so yummy that just a couple of days after returning home I called them for a mail order and will have to do so again in about a week!

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                      1. re: jmnz

                        Everything at Southern Candymakers is terrific. I love their dark chocolate enrobed fruit. The orange peel is amazing! Good people and outstanding product makes this shop a must stop whenever I'm back home.

                      2. I am a big fan of Creole Delicacies Pralines and thier toppings as well. You can find them at http://www.pralines.com

                        1. Another vote for Southern Candy Makers!

                          1. The best place for you is Bernards Pralines but they have relocated. They were under the name Ariel's Pralines and Arlene's Pralines but they moved to Baton Rouge, La
                            the website is www.BernardsPralines.com where you can order online but the locations and contact information are :
                            Mall of Cortana: (225)925-9765
                            Mall of Louisiana:(225)766-4222
                            Evangeline:(225)355-4303
                            Baker is the Main Location: (225)778-0374
                            The one that is currently in New Orleans under this name is a imposture please if you have any questions contact the locations above or email them at bernardspralines@yahoo.com! They have been in business for over 18 years :D

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                            1. re: lilshrimppuff1212

                              I don't know if the Ariel's Pralines that I been to in the past was an imposter or not. But I have been away from New Orleans for over 10 years and they were there at least 4 years before I moved away from New Orleans.

                            2. I only ended up on this thread because I just watched the Saints win the Superbowl. They were awesome.....I must make some pralines in their honor. I've made them in the past and they're easy as long as you have a candy thermometer. Much cheaper then buying. Congratulations to all you Saints fans.