Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

Grilled fruit is a sure sign that summer is on its way. These grilled pears are filled with caramel and chocolate before grilling so that everything heats up and the sauce gets decadently hot and gooey. Today I’m also sharing 9 more tasty summer pear recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. And we have an amazing giveaway for you of a $150 Visa Gift Card and a big box full of Taylor’s Gold Pears. This recipe and the giveaway are sponsored by Taylor’s Gold Pears.

Update: The giveaway has ended.

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For the last five years, the cutlery rack in my dishwasher has been full of steak knives that have rarely been dirtied by steak. Instead my steak knives cut chicken, carrots, tomatoes, grapes, doughnuts, pretty much every food from my fridge and pantry. This is because I’m the mother of two small children who like to have their food cut into small pieces. The steak knife is my tool of choice for all their finicky cutting needs. Many many finicky cutting needs.

It is therefore hardly surprising that inspiration for a new recipe struck while I was wielding a steak knife.

Last week I was getting some pears ready for the kids. I cut them in half and then scooped the core out with a spoon. I was about to start slicing when the pear valleys in each half called out to me. They said, “Fill us! Fill us now!”

I warmed up some peanut butter and drizzled it into the holes.

The kids liked the peanut butter and pear idea. But they had trouble eating them (because they weren’t cut up into small pieces, of course). I wound up cutting extra pair slices for them to dip into their little pear bowls. They ate the dipped pear slices but left the pear halves intact.

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I decided that a filled pear might be better for adults than for kids. And that the pears needed a bit of softening to make them easier to eat when filled.

I popped some pear halves onto the grill to see if that would soften them enough. It did! And the flavor of grilled pear turned out to be a real treat – it reminded me a bit of campfire marshmallows, all sweet and toasty.

I decided to fill the pears with caramel sauce (the store-bought kind) before grilling them. To make it a bit more special, I added some chocolate chips. Magic. While the pears brown on the bottoms, the caramel and chocolate inside get hot and gooey.

Oh, and don’t worry, nobody will need a steak knife to cut up this dessert. The pears get soft and buttery from being grilled. Your fork will slide through the pear easily, and a glorious puddle of caramel and chocolate will soon cover your plate. (Best to add some ice cream to catch those drips).

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Before sharing the recipe, I want to tell you more about the pears I used, about a giveaway I have going on today and about more giveaways throughout the summer.

During the summer in the U.S., pears and apples abound in New Zealand. When you see New Zealand pears and apples in the stores they’re super-fresh and ready to eat. That’s why I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers this summer to develop delicious summer recipes featuring New Zealand pears and apples. Today, we’re focusing on summer pear recipes. Check them all out below. And follow along all summer on social media using #loveNZfruit.

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For this recipe I used Taylor’s Gold Pears. These pears come from New Zealand and are at the peek of freshness from April until July, making them the perfect choice for summer recipes. They’re very juicy and sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. When heated, they get soft enough to cut with a fork.

To try them, look for them at your grocery store AND enter to win today’s giveaway for a big box of pears shipped right to your door. Plus, the winner will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card. It gets better.

Come back on June 25th and on July 30th for more recipes and for giveaways overflowing with fresh New Zealand fruit and more Visa Gift Cards.

There’s more! Every entry in today’s giveaway and in the June 25th and July 30th giveaways will be entered to win our Grand Prize of a Vitamix Blender and a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card.

To enter today’s giveaway (and in doing so, enter to win the Grand Prize) scroll down to the bottom of this post and fill in the entry form.

Do you want more prizes? We’re also giving away some Visa Gift Cards tomorrow night during out #loveNZfruit Twitter Party. Follow the hashtag #loveNZfruit from 8-9pm Easter on Thursday May 29 to learn more about New Zealand fruits. Tweet using the hashtag for your chance to win.

And now, here’s my recipe for Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce.

Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce

These easy grilled pears are filled with caramel and chocolate before grilling so that everything heats up and the sauce gets decadently hot and gooey.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Taylor's Gold Pears
  • 4 Tbsp. caramel sauce
  • 32 chocolate chips
  • 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Directions:

  1. Prepare grill for medium-heat direct cooking.
  2. Cut pears in half. Set pears cut side down. Cut a flat 1/4 inch slice off of the roundest part of the pear (this is so that the pears will be less likely to tip over on the grill). Flip pears over. Use a spoon to scoop out the core from each pear half, making a round bowl in each, approximately the size of a half golf ball.
  3. Transfer pears to a flat tray. Pour 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce into the bowl of each pear. Add 8 chocolate chips to each.
  4. Use tongs and a metal lifter to carefully transfer the pears to the grill. Cover the grill, opening it to check on the pears occasionally. Cook pears until pears have softened, dark grill marks appear on the bottoms and the chocolate chips have melted.
  5. Use a small spoon to stir the chocolate into the caramel in each pear half. Use tongs and metal lifter to remove pears from grill.
  6. Serve each person 2 pear halves and 1 scoop of ice cream.

Looking for more summery pear recipes? Here are 9 pear recipes from some of my favorite bloggers:

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Cranberry Pear Scones with Orange Glaze from It’s Yummi!

Pickled Pear Sorbetto by Pastry Chef Online

Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup by Cooking with Books

Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies by Big Bear’s Wife

Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles by Around My Family Table

Pear Caramelized Onion and Brie Bites by Real Housemoms

White Chicken Naan Pizza with Sauteed Pears & Gorgonzola by Climbing Grier Mountain

Muddled Pear Moscow Mule by Doughmesstic

Pear Gorgonzola Easy Ravioli by Nutmeg Nanny

Disclosure: I have been compensated by Taylor’s Gold Pears to develop this recipe, write about it on my blog and share about it on social media. They have also provided the prizes for the giveaway. All opinions are my own.

67 Responses to “Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce”

  1. Karen D — October 15, 2014 @ 3:48 pm (#)

    Looks great! Never thought of combining chocolate with pears, but caramel to top it all.. sounds good.

  2. Kelly Tupick — June 25, 2014 @ 9:31 am (#)

    They all look so good. The one that I would like to try the most is the grilled pears with chocolate and caramel sauce recipe.

  3. Peggy Johnson — June 25, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    The grilled pears sound good

  4. Janis — June 16, 2014 @ 11:06 am (#)

    Cranberry Pear Scones with Orange Glaze or Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce would be my 2 choices and I’ll definitely be making both this summer!

  5. Tina W — June 10, 2014 @ 12:40 am (#)

    I’m thinking the Pear Gorgonzola Easy Ravioli will definitely be on the menu for our next “at home date night”.

  6. Tanya — June 9, 2014 @ 5:41 am (#)

    Pears are my absolute favorite fruit. Thank you for the recipies – I can’t wait to try (and eat) them!

  7. dina — June 7, 2014 @ 2:05 pm (#)

    they look delicious!

  8. lori clark — June 5, 2014 @ 1:04 am (#)

    grilled pears …that sounds very different..never would have thought of that!

  9. HS — June 3, 2014 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    I want to try Pickled Pear Sorbetto.

  10. ruksana mohammed — June 3, 2014 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    Grilled pears filled with hot caramel and chocolate sauce. Can’t wait to try :)

  11. Nupur — June 2, 2014 @ 8:57 am (#)

    This looks amazing. I finally got Taylors Gold Pears and loved them. So fresh and crunchy. Trying this recipe out soon. Thanks

  12. Darla — May 31, 2014 @ 4:40 pm (#)

    grilled pears sound amazing!

  13. Kristin — May 30, 2014 @ 12:29 pm (#)

    Oo. Grilled pears. Take out the caramel and now I have a primal sub for smores!

  14. Jennifer Ferguson — May 29, 2014 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    These really do look right up my alley! And somewhat healthy even!

  15. Judy — May 29, 2014 @ 10:28 pm (#)

    grilled pears!

  16. Janice Dean — May 29, 2014 @ 9:09 pm (#)

    I am going to be trying the Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles! Thanks

  17. melinda allen — May 29, 2014 @ 8:51 pm (#)

    The Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles you cant go wrong with chocolate a woman craves it all the time and to have it with fruit would be remarkable in these summer hot months in Texas!

  18. Betsy Barnes — May 29, 2014 @ 7:14 pm (#)

    I love them all, however, the Grilled Pears Filled with Hot Caramel and Chocolate Sauce from Cook The Story is my favorite! Yummy pears with caramel and chocolate, wow! :)

  19. angela vaught montgomery — May 29, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles sounds so yummy

  20. Karen Lynch — May 29, 2014 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    Mini pear and blackberry pies.

  21. Sally T. — May 29, 2014 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    The recipe I would most like to try is the
    grilled pears with chocolate and caramel sauce.
    I love to make my desserts on the grill.
    Thank-You for this wonderful recipe.

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

      Sally, Thanks so much! It is a really great dessert, and super-easy to make too. I know you’ll love it. (For more pear fun and the chance to win some prizes, join us tonight on twitter. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  22. Kimberly C — May 29, 2014 @ 9:52 am (#)

    The Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles sound very yummy!!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

      Kimberley,
      Don’t they? I’m going to make them for my kids. I know they’ll love them. (For more pear fun and the chance to win some prizes, join us tonight on twitter. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  23. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 29, 2014 @ 9:37 am (#)

    OH YES!! These grilled pears look amazing!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

      Thanks Lauren!

  24. Ashley Tucker — May 29, 2014 @ 4:48 am (#)

    I’d love to try the grilled pears!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:54 pm (#)

      Ashley,
      They really are delicious. And so easy to make. I hope you love them as much as we do. (For more pear fun and the chance to win some prizes, join us tonight on twitter. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  25. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen — May 29, 2014 @ 4:27 am (#)

    Oh does that sound heavenly!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:55 pm (#)

      Thanks Sylvie! Your recipes are so amazing. This compliment from you has made my day. (If you’re free tonight, join us at 8pm EST for more summer fruit tips and recipes and prizes too. We’d love to have you there. Follow #loveNZfruit)

  26. Wendy | Around My Family Table — May 29, 2014 @ 1:30 am (#)

    I love grilled fruit- this looks divine!

  27. How to Philosophize with Cake — May 28, 2014 @ 11:04 pm (#)

    Now that is one fancy way to prepare pears! Caramel sauce and chocolate sauce definitely sound like my kind of way to spice up a fruit :)

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:56 pm (#)

      Thanks so much! It’s actually simple to make as well. (For more pear fun and the chance to win some prizes, join us tonight on twitter. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  28. Joss — May 28, 2014 @ 10:24 pm (#)

    This recipe looks delicious!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:58 pm (#)

      Thanks Joss! Hey, if you’re free tonight at 8pm EST, join us for more pear recipes and tips and prizes too. (If you are who I think you are then you’re in Canada. Just to let you know that the prizes are open to Canadian residents as well so you’re eligible).

  29. Carrie @ poet in the pantry — May 28, 2014 @ 9:59 pm (#)

    I LOVE this idea! Never thought of grilling pears before, but why not? The chocolate + caramel really takes them over the top. I bet I could make this work on my soft foods diet restriction right now. ;)

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 1:58 pm (#)

      Carrie,
      Absolutely! The pears do get nice and soft. Just make sure you leave them on long enough.

  30. Sarah Hutson — May 28, 2014 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    I have never, grilled pears! The caramel and chocolate pears look delish! We’re having ribs tomorrow night, if I go to the grocery can you recommend a type of pair that’s easily found? Would like to have them for dessert!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm (#)

      Sarah, Definitely look for the Taylor’s Gold Pears. They’re available throughout the US and Canada. If you can’t find them, try to get a ripe russeted pear. Not a hard green pear. (For more pear fun and the chance to win some prizes, join us tonight on twitter. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  31. MaryB — May 28, 2014 @ 4:37 pm (#)

    The pickled pear sorbetto is calling my name!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:01 pm (#)

      Mary, Doesn’t it sounds so intriguing. And refreshing? Love the whole idea of it. (If you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  32. Christy H — May 28, 2014 @ 1:57 pm (#)

    I love the idea of the grilled pears with chocolate and caramel served with ice cream.

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

      Thanks Christy! It really is tasty. And so easy to make too. (Hey, if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  33. Phyllis — May 28, 2014 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Oh my. Looks and sounds delicious..Dad could even make this dessert and save me some time.

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

      Mom, you’re totally right. Dad could make this. And you could sit back with your friends and have a sip of wine while he does it :)

  34. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — May 28, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    You know, since this is fruit I can likely even justify having this as a fabulous breakfast C:

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:03 pm (#)

      Jane! Yes! This would be perfect for breakfast. Or brunch. Maybe with cinnamon sprinkled on top. And some raisins in there. Great idea. (Hey, if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. It would be great to have you there!)

  35. Sandy Headtke — May 28, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Those grilled pears look to die for. Never thought to grill pears.

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

      Thanks Sandy! They turn out really amazing. Let me know if you try it! (If you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Hope to see you there!)

  36. Cookin Canuck — May 28, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    What a fantastic idea, Christine! This is the perfect summertime dessert. I am finally past the stage of having to cut up food for my kids, but remember those days very well!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:06 pm (#)

      Thanks Dara! And hearing that they eventually won’t need me to cut things up gives me hope that it really is something that happens! (And hey, if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit. Canadians eligible for all. Hope to see you there!)

  37. Chris — May 28, 2014 @ 11:14 am (#)

    How about a pear ice cream?

    Chris

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

      Chris, One of the bloggers made a pickled pear sorbetto. That’s kind of like ice cream. But I hear you – pear with cream and cinnamon and caramel would be sublime. (Oh, hey, if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit at 8pm. Hope to see you there!)

  38. Andrea — May 28, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies.

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

      Andrea,
      Don’t they sound so so good? Pear and blackberry go together really well. I want to try it to. (Oh, and if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit at 8pm Eastern. Hope to see you there!)

  39. Ray S — May 28, 2014 @ 10:51 am (#)

    I would most like to try Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles!

    • Christine Pittman — May 29, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

      Ray, I hear you! I know that my kids (and I!) would go crazy for those. (Oh, and if you’re free tonight, join us on twitter for pear and apple recipes and tips and the chance to win some prizes. Follow hashtag #loveNZfruit at 8pm Eastern. Hope to see you there!)

  40. Rachel Cooks — May 28, 2014 @ 8:57 am (#)

    What a fun and unique recipe! Would be so impressive for entertaining!

    • Christine Pittman — May 28, 2014 @ 10:03 am (#)

      Thanks Rachel! I made it for our Memorial Day BBQ this weekend. It turned out really well and was quick to make even for a big group. I undercooked some of the pears though :(. But most of them were nice and soft. And the caramel was hot for all. That’s the most important thing!

  41. Jenni — May 28, 2014 @ 8:18 am (#)

    Simple and delicious–what an easy and elegant dessert!

    • Christine Pittman — May 28, 2014 @ 10:03 am (#)

      Thanks Jenni!

  42. Becca from It's Yummi! — May 28, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Brian’s sitting next to me, whining about how sad it is that we can’t make this recipe (because we’re out of Taylor’s Gold pears). Guess we’ll have to take a vacation to New Zealand!
    Your pears look amazing!

    • Christine Pittman — May 28, 2014 @ 10:04 am (#)

      Ha ha Becca! I think you’ll be able to find the pears at your grocery store here in the US. Definitely look for them :)

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