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Chocolate Pralines, Mexican Style

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"These are the kind of pralines that you find at the checkout in Mexican restaurants. They are creamy instead of chewy like those in New Orleans, and the secret ingredient to make these creamy dreamy pralines...marshmallows! These are surprisingly easy to make and even quicker to disappear!"
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1 h 40 m servings 100
Original recipe yields 36 servings (3 dozen pralines)


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  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir white sugar, light brown sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup, and cocoa powder in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly, until the syrup reaches 220 degrees F (104 degrees C) when measured with a candy thermometer. A small amount of syrup dropped into cold water should form a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in marshmallows, vanilla extract, butter, and pecans, beating the candy by hand until creamy and the candy begins to to set up slightly at the edges of the pan, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drop the warm candy by teaspoons onto the parchment paper; allow room for pralines to spread slightly. Cool the candy thoroughly before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The original recipe, which came from my mother, did not contain cocoa and makes a GREAT praline. If you want the more traditional Mexican pralines, simply leave out the cocoa!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 100 calories; 4.9 14.6 0.8 2 8 Full nutrition

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Wanted to make pralines for my mother-in-law. Have been trying a lot of praline recipes, this was the 3rd try--home run! My husband doesn't like pralines but thought these were great. It helps t...

I took this to work for a Mexican theme luncheon and everyone loved it! I have requests for it frequently and everyone wants the recipe! Made it as written. Thanks!

So yummy, fast and easy! i added 1 teaspoon cinnamon (everything sweet is better with cinn). takes 20 mins to make + 10 min to set up = ready to eat in 30 mins! Ingredients are basic staple item...

This is pretty tasty. As per some other reviewers, I added cinnamon. I think the 10 min stirring at the end might be a little long. I didn't do it that long, and it was already setting as I was ...

I added just a pinch of chipotle chili pepper along with the initial ingredients and once placed on parchment paper, dusted with a pinch of coarse sea salt.... both of those combined gave it jus...