Preparation / Directions:
Combine sugar, syrup, water and pecans in a heavy three-quart saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches "soft ball stage," (a small amount forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water). Remove saucepan from heat, add margarine and vanilla.
Allow candy to cool. Whip until mixture gradually changes to a lighter color and becomes creamy. Drop by tablespoonful on buttered cookie sheet. Push mixture from tablespoon with teaspoon to hasten dropping before praline becomes too firm to shape.