My memories go back to my roots in New Orleans, where as a child, I would be by my mom's side as she made steaming pots of her delicious pecan pralines. The aroma would fill our home, and I couldn't wait to lick the spoon after she was done. Her pralines would literally melt in my mouth. The recipe had been passed down to her from her mom and grandmother, and she later passed it along to me.
After I moved to Georgia, I maintained my love for the food and culture of New Orleans. In 2008, I became nostalgic as I recalled fond memories of mom's great cooking, and her delicious pecan pralines. Those memories both inspired and motivated me to locate mom's recipe. I began making pralines just as she had done all those years earlier. Over time, I perfected her original recipe and began making chocolate pralines as well. I knew that I had something special when they became an instant hit with family and friends. I eventually became well-known for my pralines, and they became a most requested dessert item wherever I went. As their popularity grew, I began selling pralines at festivals, fairs, farmers markets and various events - and building upon my success, in 2017, I decided to form a praline candy company. I chose to name it Mama Fannie's in honor of mom, who was my best friend and greatest inspiration.
Because of her warmth, sweet personality, and welcoming disposition, my mother was known by all of our neighbors and friends as “Mama Fannie.” She was a great cook, and pralines were her specialty. She would make them for holidays and special occasions, from a recipe that had been passed down to her from her Mom. As the youngest, I was always by Mom's side - especially when she made the steaming pots of her melt in your mouth pecan pralines. Mom's memory continues to inspire me to recapture the times when, as a girl, I would stand by her side in our small New Orleans kitchen making pralines. It was a time when a generations-old recipe, and generations of a tradition, were once again passed along over a delicious pot of pure perfection. It is this long legacy that we hope to recapture with each batch of Mama Fannie's pralines that we make. Enjoy!