Looking for a new craft activity to try at your child’s birthday party? Here’s a great idea that’s fun and tastes delicious. Before the children arrive, prepare pears by dipping them in the caramel and cookie mixtures. Refrigerate. Melt semisweet chocolate chips (you may wish to double this, so that each child has their own little bowl). Give each child a pear and a fork and let them decorate. While the chocolate is hardening, serve the birthday cake (serve any extra melted caramel as a sauce with the cake and ice cream). Then finish off the decorating with the white chocolate.
Refrigeration Time: 45 minutes
- 6 large Ontario Pears
- 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely crushed oatmeal cookies or granola
- 2 cups (500 mL) vanilla or chocolate caramels (about 12 oz/340 g)
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) water
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) shortening
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) white chocolate chips
Wash and dry pears well. Line baking sheet with lightly greased waxed paper. Place crushed cookies in shallow bowl; set aside. In saucepan, melt caramels with water over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Dip one pear at a time into caramel mixture to cover bottom quarter, using spoon if necessary to help and letting excess drip back into pan. Set on prepared baking sheets; chill until just tacky.
Dip bottom of each pear into cookie crumbs; return to tray and refrigerate until caramel is firm, about 15 minutes.
In small saucepan, melt semisweet chocolate chips with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the shortening over low heat. For each child, place each pear on large piece of waxed paper. Using fork, let each child drizzle chocolate over pears. Return to baking sheet; refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
Melt white chocolate with remaining shortening. Repeat drizzling with white chocolate. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
PROTEIN: 7 grams
FAT: 25 grams
CARBOHYDRATE: 98 grams