Move over strawberries—there’s another fruit that tastes amazing when dipped in Chocolate! Rich dark chocolate pairs perfectly with Red Anjou pears, which also happen to be heart-check certified by the American Heart Association.
Decorate your dipped pears with a variety of creative options for sprinkling like nuts, coconut flakes, and even vivid red chili powder for some kick.
Recipe shared by USA Pears.
- 2 (about 1 pound) USA Red Anjou pears
- 1 teaspoon Fruit-Fresh® Produce Protector
- 8 ounces dark chocolate (60-70 percent cacao), chopped
Options For Sprinkling - All As Desired
- pistachios or other nuts, finely chopped
- flaky sea salt
- coconut, shredded
- chili powder
- curry powder
- sesame seeds
- colorful dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries or goji berries, chopped
- 1 Fill medium saucepan with 1-inch of water; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
- 2 Line baking sheet with wax paper.
- 3 Halve, core and stem pears; cut each into 16 wedges. Sprinkle with Fruit-Fresh and toss the pears gently to coat evenly. This will prevent pears from browning for several hours.
- 4 Arrange pears on prepared baking sheet. Place next to stove.
- 5 Place chocolate in medium stainless-steel bowl. Set bowl over pan of simmering water. Make sure water doesn't touch bottom of bowl. Once chocolate begins to melt, stir until melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove chocolate from heat.
- 6 Immediately begin dipping wide ends of pears in the chocolate, coating about half the length. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into bowl. Place dipped pears on wax paper.
- 7 Working quickly before chocolate dries, sprinkle with your choice of optional garnishes.
- 8 Refrigerate uncovered to allow chocolate to set, about 1 hour.
- 9 Once set, cover loosely with plastic wrap. Keep pears in refrigerator until served. Enjoy them within the day.