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Ghost Caramel Pears

 Ghost Caramel Pears
These double-dipped pear ghosts are so simple it’s scary. Display them on your table for a fun Halloween centerpiece—the whimsical faces will make them the life of any party. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
4 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + standing


  • 4 medium ripe Bosc pears
  • 4 wooden pop sticks
  • 1 package (11 ounces) Kraft caramel bits
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Red and black shoestring licorice, blanched almonds and miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  • 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.
  • Melt caramels and water in a microwave; stir until smooth. Dip each
  • pear into caramel; turn to coat. Place on prepared pan and let stand
  • until set.
  • Melt candy coating and shortening at 50% power for 1 minute; stir.
  • Microwave at additional 20- to 30-second intervals, stirring until
  • smooth. Dip pears into coating; allow excess to drip off. Decorate
  • faces as desired; return to pan and let stand until set. Yield: 4
  • servings.