Ian McNulty reports that Aunt Sally's, New Orleans' famous praline and candy makers, have converted a dilapidated 10,000-square-foot building in the Warehouse District into a beauteous new flagship store/production kitchen/corporate office for a cool $2 million. And just in time to make yamominem's dreams come true in 2014, Aunt Sally's has just debuted "a praline tour and tasting at the new location" this very week, and they should be starting the tours officially sometime soon:
The one-hour tour highlights the history of the praline and some of the personalities from Aunt Sally's past, and it includes a praline-making demonstration and a guided tasting through a variety of praline types, from a bananas Foster version to a spicy/sweet Tabasco praline to the company's highly traditional Creole version.
f you don't have time to spend an hour with the ghosts of Aunt Sally's past, there's also "a long window in the new retail shop" which peeks into Aunt Sally's main kitchen, where some hot candy-making action is stepping up its game. Yes, the company has also gone national with their wholesale business, now distributing to T.J. Maxx, Marshall's and other places yamominem likes to shop for hours while you fall asleep near the excess size 11 Steve Madden shoes. It's all "part of an ambitious market expansion directed by Larry Statton, the company's CEO since 2010."
For Praline Tours: Call (504) 522-4456 for info and start date, also check out Aunt Sally's website or Facebook. Tickets are $19.99 ($9.99 for kids 12 and under) and include a box of pralines, or mini pralines for the kids.
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