Bring sugar and water to a boil for 5 minutes. Add mint flavoring and a generous 2-3 shakes of the green food coloring; mix well. Add about 9 pears which have been peeled, halved and cored. Return to boil and cook about 5 minutes, depending on variety and ripeness of pears. While still boiling place pear halves in quart jar and fill to within 1/2 inch of top with syrup from pan. Seal and permit to stand for a week or so in order to allow even absorption of color. Continue process until all pears are used.
These pears are a colorful addition to any meal and are especially welcome during the winter holidays. Another variation is to omit the mint flavoring and green food coloring and use, instead, red cinnamon candies and red food coloring.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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