Definition of praline in US English:



  • 1A smooth, sweet substance made by boiling nuts in sugar and grinding the mixture, used especially as a filling for chocolates.

    • ‘The filling was a melange of apricot cream and caramelized nut praline.’
    • ‘That tart hasn't happened yet, but some of the pralines were put to good use in this pink praline chocolate cake, which I baked for my sister's birthday party a few days ago.’
    • ‘To top it off I chose a frozen hazelnut praline ice cream bombe with a caramelised sugar crust.’
    • ‘When you hear people talk about crawfish étouffé, bourbon-cured salmon, red rice, sweet potato crème brûlée or praline bread pudding, the mind automatically goes to either the Low Country or New Orleans.’
    • ‘Why not replace formulaic desserts like cheesecake with additional fresh choices like their praline parfait?’
    • ‘For dessert, we again shared a vanilla cheesecake, with praline and raspberry coulis, which had the best biscuit base I've tasted in a long time, and a topping which was as light as air.’
    • ‘Next to it on the plate lay a small slice of tarte, reminiscent of American pecan pie, sweet and sticky with a pleasant hint of praline bitterness.’
    • ‘Well, we have this chocolate and caramel cake, we have this chocolate and praline cake, we have this chocolate and green tea cake, and we have this chocolate and chocolate cake.’
    • ‘Fold the egg whites, whipped cream and praline into the yolk/sugar mixture.’
    • ‘Dessert was a further rollcall of tradition and included lemon tart, apple crumble, apple tart, banoffi pie, praline cake and creme caramel.’
    • ‘I was so enthusiastic, in fact, that upon leaving I decided to buy my own jars of praline spread and raspberry preserves.’
    • ‘If you have to choose one entry in the ‘chocolat’ category, try the praline cake, which has a smooth, shiny top, like wet marble.’
    • ‘Desserts were more down to earth and we had some excellent apple and pear tarte tatin with spiced ice cream and dark chocolate and praline silk cake.’
    • ‘Hazelnuts, the main ingredient for praline, was a natural with caramel cake.’
    • ‘Hazelnut praline snowball cookie combines hazelnut praline in the dough that has a lot of ground hazelnuts.’
    • ‘Other desserts include French apple tarts, New York cheesecake, and praline imperial.’
    • ‘Spread the praline mixture on the oiled aluminum foil, and let stand until completely cool.’
    • ‘Hazelnuts, both in the dough and praline, can be substituted with other nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans.’
    • ‘The only really good part of the dish was a little bed of toasted nut praline underneath the ice cream.’
    • ‘Some people accidentally dropped their praline square into the melted chocolate, and tempting as it may be, it is not okay to fish for it with your hand.’
    1. 1.1 A crisp or semicrisp candy typically consisting of butter, brown sugar, and pecans.


Early 18th century: from French, named after Marshal de Plessis-Praslin (1598–1675), the French soldier whose cook invented it.