Praline Won't Get Hard

by Bob C

What to do when your praline won't get hard?

What to do when your praline won't get hard?

I've attempted to make praline pecans and the praline won't get hard.

I toasted the pecans as suggested. I boiled the praline ingredients and mixed them together.

Then, I quickly poured the mixture onto wax paper and smoothed into a single layer.

The praline is still sticky and won't get hard. What can I do?


Hi Bob,

A lot of people make pecan pralines without using a thermometer, which is fine once you get the hang of it and learn how the mixture changes in color and texture as it gets hotter.

However, most people will have better luck if they use a candy thermometer, at least for the first few times, so that they get the temperature right.

The temperature is usually "key" when getting the desired consistency or "hardness" in candy making.

Of course, you also ought to check your candy thermometer to be sure it is accurate. If the candy doesn't reach the right temperature, it won't set properly.

Humidity and altitude also affect the final results. Is that an issue where you live? You'll need to adjust the temperature accordingly.

It's hard to give you an exact answer on why your particular batch of praline won't get hard without knowing more details, but those are the most common reasons for the problem you are experiencing.

I've never tried re-heating a batch of praline candy before to see if I could get them to harden, but some of our other visitors have said that they have done so with a bit of success (on other pages of the site).

It's worth a try, I suppose, but just be careful not to burn the praline mixture in the process.

I suppose if worse comes to worse, you could always just chop up the mixture and use it as a topping for cakes or ice cream. The taste is usually still delish, even if the candy pralines aren't as firm as you would like.

Hope you can rescue your candy!
~Angie from Chocolate Candy Mall

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Oct 30, 2018
Runny pralines NEW
by: Patsy

Had microwave pralines that would not setup. Put 2 tbs of corn syrup cooked 21/2 minutes and there were perfect.

Dec 22, 2017
Reheating NEW
by: Olivia

I googled "pralines won’t harden" and came across this thread! I scraped them off the foil and put them back in the pan-got it back to 246 degrees, let it cook for a couple of minutes and then let it sit and cook with no heat for a few minutes. They came out perfectly!!!

Nov 12, 2017
Recooked praline NEW
by: Linda

Well has to reheat my pecan candy because it wasnt stiff it was sticky and after i recooked it for about 7-10 mins.It came out perfect.

So i can say if they dont do right the 1st time reheat it and then lay them out let them cool then afterward it should be READY TO EAT!!!

Oct 30, 2016
re-boil works! NEW
by: honey

Thanks everyone for the suggestions to re-boil the candy was not getting hard at all even after 5 hours.i scooped the soft candy up back into the pot and boiled a bit more and my candy got hard in no time (30 min)diffenantly works!

Dec 23, 2013
Help! My pralines will not set! NEW
by: Terrie

Hi. I checked your website after 'googling' "Help! My pralines will not set!" After reading comments to try to re-cook them, I was reluctant, but decided what do I have to lose? So I scooped up the gooey pralines and put them back in the pot, brought them up to soft shell (approx 240 degrees) using a candy thermometer. My husband was using a meat thermometer earlier and I think that may have been the problem). I removed the mixture from the heat and let it cool somewhat (an hour or so) until they were not so runny and then I was able to make my pralines! They didn't all run together!! Yay!!! May not taste EXACTLY like the original, but they were saved! Merry Christmas to all!

Sep 11, 2013
Getting Praline Candy To Set NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Rosa,

If the pralines still haven't set, you could try to reheat them and let the mixture boil a little longer to bring it to a higher temperature. I don't guarantee this will work, but some people have reported having success with this salvage attempt.

Do let us know if it works (or NOT) for you.


Sep 10, 2013
Praline candy
by: Rosa

can i make the batch i have already made get hard ,i did everything i was surpose to

Nov 21, 2011
Pralines Won't Harden - REMEDY
by: bCollins_Candy

Make sure it is nice and cool in the kitchen. Cook your candy mixture until it gets hard to stir. You have to work quickly because you don't want it to burn.

By the way, wax paper takes all the moisture out of the candy.....Louisiana folk use foil with butter rubbed on it. The foil will conduct heat to help the candy along. Leave them for about 10 minutes. This should help.

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