Coconut Pecan Praline candy

Growing up my father would make pralines and this recipe reminds me of those good-times helping him in the kitchen vigorously stirring the saucepan making sure not to burn the sugar.  Pralines are Louisiana candy, although i seem to find them more in Texas than Louisiana.

Here are some tips i found useful for this recipe;

  1. STIR STIR STIR or else he sugar will burn
  2. have everything prepared because once it reaches 235*F you will have to move FAST so I doesn’t cool in the bowl

Coconut Pecan Praline Candy




2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups chopped pecans

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut




In a medium-sized bowl, combine coconut and pecans; set aside.


In a heavy saucepan over medium high heat, stir sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup and butter. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a full rolling boil — let boil until temperature reaches 235*F.


Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and coconut and pecan mixture. Stir off the heat for about 4 minutes, until mixture starts to cool and thicken.


Drop by large spoonfuls on wax paper. Let harden completely — about an hour to an hour and a half — before serving.


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