Recipe: Candied Pear Ghouls

  Ingredients

4 medium ripe pears

4 popsicle Sticks

1(14 ounces) package caramels

1/4 cup water

1 pound white candy coating disks

1 tablespoons and 1 teaspoons shortening, divided

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup orange candy coating

 

Preparation

Place a piece of wax paper onto a baking sheet, then grease the wax paper.

Wash and dry the pears. Make sure the pears are thoroughly dried, then place a popsicle stick in the top of each pear.

Place the carmels and water into large mixing bowl and microwave until cara- mels melt. Then stir the mixture until it becomes smooth.

Dip the pears into the mixture individually. After dipping each pear, turn it until you’re able to get a relatively even coat. Then, place each pear onto the wax paper to sit until the caramel is set.

While the caramel is setting, combine white candy coating disks and 1 table- spoons shortening in mixing bowl and microwave at 70% power for 1 minute. Remove, then stir. Return to microwave and heat for an additional 10- to 20-second intervals. Each time removing the mixture to stir. Repeat until smooth. Dip pears into coating then allow excess to drip off. Return to pan and let stand until set.

In another mixing bowl, combine the chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon short- ening. Once melted, stir until smooth. Repeat with the orange candy coating disks.

Now the funnest part! Place the orange candy coating mixture and melted chocolate into ziplock plastic bags. Cut a hole in one corner of each bag and use them to decorate the pears.