If you’re looking for a new way to incorporate pears into your dessert, this Pear Chai Smoothie is where it’s at! Jessica from How Sweet Eats is making her version of a pear milkshake for a delicious winter treat. 

I wait all year long for Harry & David Royal Riviera Pears. They were a staple of my childhood growing up and biting into one is like taking a big taste of nostalgia. I love how they signify the holiday season, not to mention how every single pear is absolutly perfect.

I’ve done pear pies, crisps and crumbles over the years but I wanted to try something new. I started with one of my favorite homemade spice blends: chai! It’s delicious, fragrant and will store well throughout the winter.

I caramelized the pears with butter, brown sugar and some chai spice until they were golden and soft. Once those cooled, I blended them with ice cream to make a pear pie in a glass. A caramel drizzle on the rim takes it over the top and you will forever question how you eat your next pear. It’s so delicious! 

This smoothie makes for a great, simple dessert. If you’re looking for something lighter, you could try a Pear Ginger Green Smoothie instead.

Pear Chai Smoothie with Caramel

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Servings 2


For Smoothie:

  • 2 Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice mix
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup Milk
  • caramel sauce ( for drizzling)

For Chai Spice Mix:

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


Chai Spice Mix:

  • Mix all the spices together and store in a sealed container. You will have extras for feel free to use it in coffee, dessert or whatever you’d like!

To Assemble:

  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, add the pears along with the sugar, chai spice and salt. Toss to stir. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until the pears become caramely and soft. Let cool completely.
  • Transfer the cooled pears to a blender along with the vanilla ice cream and milk. You can add a handful of ice if you like it super cold! Blend until pureed and creamy.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce along the edges of your glasses. Pour the chai shake in and drizzle with extra caramel. Sprinkle with chai spice and drink!
Author: Jessica Merchant
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Jessica Merchant is a full-time recipe developer and food writer who is intensely passionate about food and writing, and loves to share her food through her blog How Sweet Eats. Bacon makes her beam. Chocolate makes her shout from the rooftops with joy. Vegetables are her biggest frenemy (her perfect world would include none of them).

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