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Chocolate Pralines, Mexican Style Recipe

Chocolate Pralines, Mexican Style

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"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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Original recipe makes 3 dozen pralines Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  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.
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  • 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!

Reviews More Reviews

Oct 19, 2012

i thought itr was good

Nov 26, 2013

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 to have more complete directions too. I did add 1t. cinnamon since they were Mexican and I love cinnamon in my chocolate-and doubled the cocoa since I like darker chocolate!


5 Ratings

Aug 16, 2013

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!

Feb 12, 2013

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 items! Made them for son's Mardi Gras party at school, and was thankful to find this recipe, as he of course forgot to tell me he needed a treat for school party the next morning. :)

Jul 17, 2015

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 just a hint of heat and the salt cut the sweetness at just the right amount. Delish!


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  • Calories
  • 100 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 8 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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