Making homemade flavored vodka takes only a little effort but produces impressive results. The pear-spiked liquor can be stored at room temperature for up to two months, but needs at least two weeks to infuse the fruit's flavor, so plan ahead.
These treats -- coated with caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted almonds -- are a sophisticated alternative to caramel apples; they're best eaten the day they are made. You can buy Seckel pears at farmers' markets and some supermarkets. If you can't find them, any other small pears will also work.