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Countdown to Savannah: Sweet Savannah

Kathy Wood (kaydee)

In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.

With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.

Famous for Homemade Pralines

Candy-lovers watch out! Along with New Orleans and Charleston, Savannah is one of the candy capitals of the south, famous for its candy kitchens and shops. The most popular treat is the homemade praline.

Pralines in the south are made with brown sugar, granulated sugar, cream, butter and pecans. Other ingredients like chocolate can also be added for special variations. You can watch the process in action at one of Savannah's candy kitchens. The ingredients are mixed in big metal vats, then spooned onto marble slabs to cool. The sweet aromas drift out into the streets, and if your timing is right, you may even get a free sample. You'll find a praline is gooey and sugary-sweet ... a delicacy to be savored. At $2 apiece, you'll want to make them last!

Savannah has two major candy companies. In addition to pralines, you'll find taffy, chocolates, fudge, cookies and pies ... treats to enjoy in Savannah or to take home as gifts.

River Street Sweets - 13 East River Street (also 7 other southern locations)

Savannah's Candy Kitchen - on River Street and in City Market

And if you can't wait until Savannah, here's Paula Deen's praline recipe.


All About Savannah: Links to many information pages about Savannah (where to eat, where to stay, places of interest, getting around town, and more)

Woods Family Grand Tour of Europe: List of articles and photo albums by Kathy Wood

Kathy is a former Human Resources executive who now works as a consultant and part-time college professor. She and Charley also lead The Luberon Experience (www.luberonexperience.com), a week-long, small-group trip based in Provence.

© Kathy Wood, 2007

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