• Ingredients
  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramels*
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 large ripe firm pears (Bosc, Bartlett, D'Anjou)
  • 1 cup chopped cashews, hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1/3 cup vanilla or white chips

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat just until caramels are melted. Remove from the heat; cool slightly. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each pear so it sits flat. Dip pears halfway in caramel; tun to coat and allow excess to drip off. Dip in nuts and place on a greased baking sheet; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until coating is firm.
  • In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. In another saucepan, melt vanilla chips with remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle melted chips over pears and stems. Let stand until set.