The word praline has a wide variety of connotations. The original pralines were caramelized almonds invented by Clement Lassagne of France in 1636. These original pralines were created simply by dropping almonds into a pot of boiling sugar. A family owned confectionary in the town of Montargis, the town where Lassagne resided, still uses the original recipe for making pralines. Today, the word praline is used in describing any number of products that contain nuts. However, the term is often not used to describe the original version of the praline, which was simply a sugar coated toasted whole almond.