All you need is chocolate, pears and a few minutes to make these yummy, elegant dipped dark chocolate pears. I’m madly in love with them! Ripe, juicy pears wrapped in sultry dark chocolate? That’s downright luscious! Serve them with a spiced wine or a strong black coffee or tea and you’ve won dessert.
And wait, it gets better: they take minutes to make and you don’t have to do anything more complicated than melt some chocolate and dip pears in it. And they’re so pretty! Even if your dipping is all over the place like mine, they look charming.
And they’re healthy! An ounce of dark chocolate and a pear. No regrets.
I’m so in love with these little beauties I’m going to wrap some up and give them as holiday gifts. Thoughtful homemade elegance, and only the internet and I know they take almost no time, effort or cash. Brilliant! And the little effort that goes into them is totally fun.
I can’t wait around anymore. I have to show you these. Let’s get dippy!
Start off with six lovely ripe pears, preferably with stems on. You can tell if they’re ripe by pressing gently near the stem; if they give a little, they’re ready to eat.
Some of the best pears come from farm stands and farmer’s markets, and these often have minor blemishes. Just go with it. Blemishes add character. That goes for faces, too. Next, melt 6 ounces of good quality dark chocolate. One Green Planet has a great post on dark chocolate, and suggests 10 good vegan brands. I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels for these pears but I’ve also used Gerbs Dark Chocolate Chips. Both have great flavor and melt well. And I’ve also found good vegan dark chocolate in stores.
I also make my own dark chocolate using cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup, which is clean, vegan and very yummy. And easy! I describe how to do it in my post on Easy All-Natural Homemade Candy Bars. A batch of homemade clean chocolate should be great for dipping pears, but as yet I haven’t tried it.
Roll the bottoms of the pears around in the chocolate, pull them out and let them rest on a sheet of waxed paper to harden. Pop them into the fridge for 15 minutes or so to get extra firm. That’s it! Dessert is served, gifts are given, lusciousness is enjoyed, and all it takes is some chocolate and pears. Everything in life should be this easy.
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Luscious dipped dark chocolate pears make a gorgeous healthy dessert or DIY foodie gift, and they're quick and easy to make!
1 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
6 minTotal Time
- 6 ripe pears
- 6 oz. dark chocolate (or make a batch of clean eating coconut oil chocolate as described here )
- Thoroughly wash and dry the pears. Stand them up on the counter to see where they balance. Some pears will stand straight up, others balance on their sides. Have a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper handy.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Cook for about a minute, then stir. Continue to cook, about 30 seconds at a time, stirring at every interval, until the chocolate is melted.
- Dip the bottom of a pear in chocolate, taking care to coat it wherever it likes to balance. You may need to roll it around to get chocolate up the sides. Take the pear out of the chocolate, let the excess drip off and set it on the cookie sheet to harden. Repeat with the remaining pears.
- Pop the pears into the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden the chocolate quickly, or let them firm up at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Let the pears come to room temperature before serving. Serve with a knife to cut into the chocolate.
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I think you’ll want to Pin this! I hope you love these as much as I do. If you make them, hit me up on Instagram with #eathealthyeathappy and share your dark chocolate pear creations!