Friday, April 27, 2012

Hooked on Miss D's pralines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Seek and you will find the pralines
Are you looking for an addiction?

I've got just the thing for you. Go to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, walk through the front door and look to your immediate right. You'll see Miss D's New Orleans Pralines. This is not a new merchant. Dionne Gant, who appropriately calls her customers "sweetie," piles her counter mainly with caramel popcorn and I've enjoyed that candy crack before. This time, her crew was busy making candy-apples fat and red enough to de-repress sugary memories of childhood carnival visits.

But I wanted a praline. I've never actually tried one before. I haven't even seen one.

But after lunch at Ciao Bocca earlier this week, I stopped by and asked where they were. Miss D pointed at the stash behind the counter and I bought two. They're $2 each and let me warn you: they are packaged in a plastic envelope so tough you should open it before you leave. If you try to tear it open while driving, you'll shatter the delicate contents before you even nick the envelope. Carry scissors.

The packaging protects what may be the best praline I've ever tasted in our city. They're sweet enough to put even Paula Deen into a diabetic coma, of course. They melt, they slightly burn the back of the throat. They are afloat — and I think this is the best part — with chunks of Georgia pecans that actually taste like pecans. The chunks are few and far between, but you'll be amazed.

I live in Grant Park and the temptation to return for a dozen or two is almost unbearable. Damn you, Dionne Gant!

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