Our Story

Louisiana Purchase is a family owned and operated business since 2006


In 2011 my wife Christy and I were excited to continue providing a great Louisiana atmosphere on the brick streets of historic Natchitoches Louisiana that my brother Brian and Amy Hicks started in 2006. Daily we open our doors with one mission in mind, to celebrate Louisiana culture and southern hospitality. With a passion for Louisiana’s music, food, history, wildlife, and ever-popular fleur de lis we join in with so many other Louisiana ambassadors to share our great culture with the thousands of tourist who visit Louisiana every year.

Our Process for Making
our Homemade Fudge and Pralines

What is it about fresh fudge that brings out the kid in all of us? The excitement we feel when we step into a shop and the air is filled with the aroma of fresh chocolate stirring in the kettle. At Louisiana Purchase we celebrate the kid in all of us with over 15 flavors of fresh from the kettle fudge. We take great pride in our fudge and that is why we use nothing but the finest ingredients including fresh cream, butter, and wonderful Louisiana pecans.

What is a Praline?

The Praline is known in the U.S.. as a delicious Creole candy consisting of pecans, sugar, butter, and cream. During the 19th century French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. New Orleans chef’s substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the Praline!

There are two common pronunciations of praline the usual pronunciation in the Southern United States is PRAW-leen while in other parts of the country PRAY-leen is the more commonly accepted pronunciation.
At Louisiana Purchase we celebrate the great history of the PRAW-leen by continuing to make them with fresh cream, butter, sugar and Louisiana pecans.