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Ghastly Pear Ghosts

 Ghastly Pear Ghosts
These treats are a fun alternative to traditional caramel apples. Wrap them up and give as gifts at your Halloween party. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
9 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + standing


  • 9 medium ripe Bosc pears
  • 9 Popsicle sticks
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 pounds white candy coating disks
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup orange candy coating disks


  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry pears; insert a Popsicle stick into the top
  • of each.
  • In a microwave, melt caramels and water; stir until smooth. Dip each
  • pear into caramel mixture; turn to coat. Place on prepared pan; let
  • stand until set.
  • Melt white candy coating and 2 tablespoons shortening at 70% power
  • for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second
  • intervals, stirring until smooth. Dip pears into coating; allow
  • excess to drip off. Return to pan; let stand until set.
  • In the same microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon
  • shortening; stir until smooth. Repeat with orange candy coating and
  • 1 teaspoon shortening. Decorate ghost faces; let stand until set.
  • Yield: 9 servings.