You already know and love our pralines and other delicious treats, but we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and share the story of how we came to be the new owners of a familiar Texas institution, Aunt Aggie De's Pralines! As you may know, our factory was started in 1987 by Eleanor Harren, a mother, caterer and proud resident of Sinton, Texas, on her 55th birthday. Ms. Harren's delicious food was always well received, but the most popular treats were her pralines which she made using her Aunt Aggie (the family pronounces it Aga) De's secret, much-requested recipe. Rather than break a promise to her aunt to guard the cherished recipe, Ms. Harren set out to share these delicious treats with as many people as she could while building the sweetest company in Texas. We recently celebrated a double birthday: Ms. Harren's 89th and Agnes the Squirrel's 34th birthday this past weekend, as well as our company's 34th Anniversary. We are very proud to be able to continue the legacy Ms. Harren started years ago.
We have always been lovers of sweets and baking and have been huge fans of Aunt Aggie De's in particular since the first time we each tried one of Ms. Harren's delicious pecan pralines. For Molly, this happened at such a young age that she can't remember the first time she had an Aunt Aggie De's praline. Aunt Aggie De's and the Harren family have always been a part of her life, literally from birth, because she and both of her brothers were delivered by Ms. Harren's husband, Dr. Henry Harren. Her childhood home was the Harrens' first home in Sinton. Since she has always known and loved the Harren family (and especially Ms. Harren's candies) she naturally jumped at the chance to be a part of the new leadership of Aunt Aggie De's. Melanie's story is a little different.
She was introduced to Aunt Aggie De's pralines much later (sadly!) than Molly, but it was still love at first bite. As a big city girl, Melanie clearly remembers traveling with her now-husband, Joel, to his hometown of Sinton, where he bought her her first delicious Aunt Aggie De's praline. It was possibly the smartest thing he could have done, because she agreed to marry him soon after. Not saying the praline was why, but definitely not saying it wasn't!
Today, Aunt Aggie De's Pralines occupies two buildings in Sinton. Our factory where pralines and other goodies are still being made with the same loving attention to detail and using only the finest quality ingredients, just like when Ms. Harren first started her business, and our storefront at 311 West Sinton Street, where friendly faces are always ready to help customers find the perfect gift or just a sweet snack to enjoy. Please feel free to stop by to see us and our iconic mascot, Agnes, Texas's largest squirrel. If you are lucky, you might get to steal a moment with our founder, Ms. Harren, who still makes weekly visits to brighten our day and provide mentorship.
We are so proud of our store, our products, and the incredible legacy that we inherited from Ms. Harren and are continuing to build. We are so grateful to the customers who have loved our pralines and other sweets as much as we do, and we look forward to serving you soon! Stop by, give us a call or email, and check out our social media; we've got big things coming for you soon!
A Letter from our Founder
We at Aunt Aggie De's Pralines invite you, your family and friends to share in our Texas tradition of fine candy. Our delicious creamy pralines boast an old-fashioned commitment to homemade taste! As a child, my favorite treats were my Aunt Aggie De's pralines. We still use her original praline recipe and delight in offering our Original Creamy Pralines, along with other wonderful pecan candy, prepared with the same care and quality ingredients.
Every season brings change, but one thing never changes - our pralines are guaranteed 100% delicious! If you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by our retail store located at 311 W. Sinton in Sinton, Texas, for a cup of coffee and a sampling of our fine candies.
Eleanor Harren, Founder
As a caterer, Miss Eleanor Harren was constantly receiving requests for her creamy pralines for everything from barbeques to weddings. She knew her Aunt Aggie De's praline recipe was a winner. In 1987, at age 55, Eleanor began Aunt Aggie De's Pralines, with small batches being made by Eleanor herself in her kitchen. Word quickly got out about the delectable pecan candy and she now occupies two buildings in Sinton, Texas where pralines are still being made with the same care and quality used when she started the company.
The main storefront, at 311 W. Sinton, boasts our iconic squirrel Agnes and houses the primary retail store. Aunt Aggie De's has remained committed to USA grown and processed ingredients, the only exception being the Madagascar vanilla beans (which are processed in the USA) and the Belgian chocolate used in chocolate confections. We sell over 2 million pralines each year and guarantee them to be 100% delicious.
We have been making confections for more than 30 years. You can find our pralines and confections at a number of fine retailers such as Whole Foods and our own Royal Blue Grocery. They've been served at the Sundance film festival and won special recognition at the New York summer fancy food show (one of only 27 items (out of 180,000) featured by The Washington Post. Aunt Aggie De's pralines have twice been voted Official Best Texas Praline by the Best of America television series.
Our confections have always been, and still are 100% gluten free, additive free and preservative free. Try them for yourself or give a special treat to a loved one. Many of Aunt Aggie De's offerings come elegantly gift wrapped.