Our roots go down deep into the soil of New Orleans, where my siblings and I were born and raised. While growing up in New Orleans, we were always surrounded by great cooks, but mom was by far the best cook of all. On holidays and special occasions, she would make steaming pots of her delicious pecan pralines from a recipe that had been handed down to her from her mom. Her pralines would literally melt in your mouth. They were simply amazing!
After moving to Georgia, I maintained my love for the food and culture of New Orleans. Later on, I became nostalgic from the fond memories of mom's great cooking and her delicious pralines. Those memories both inspired and motivated me to locate mom's praline recipe. I began making pecan pralines just as she had all those years earlier. The pralines were an immediate hit with family and friends. So I began selling the pralines at festivals and fairs throughout Georgia. Building upon my success, I decided to form a praline candy company and chose to name it after mom, who was my best friend and greatest inspiration.
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Thea lives by the motto, "You just have to go for it!" She has guided the company from making pralines in her home kitchen to the company that it is today. Because the praline has such a long history and is so difficult to perfect, Thea believes that the praline deserves more recognition as a gourmet dessert. As a result, Thea is dedicated to finding new ways in which to feature the praline, along with finding new markets in which to introduce the delicious candy.
Ken has teamed-up with his soulmate to help develop Mama Fannie's. His forte is generating and nurturing lasting relationships that turn into friendships. He is an inspirational leader who delivers exceptional results. In addition, he is an amazing friend, and father to his daughter and six canine kids.
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!