Here's what you need:
6 slightly firm pears
5 cups water
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup rum
1 tsp vanilla
vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup melted dark chocolate
Peel the pears and cut the bottoms out, but leave the stems intact.
Mix the water, sugar, rum, and vanilla in a large pot. Set to medium heat and add the pears. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until soft and golden. NOTE: This can take less time depending on the ripeness of your pears.
Scoop out the pears and place upright on a dish. At this point you can cook the liquid longer until it becomes a syrup, or ladle a small amount directly onto the pears right away.
Melt some dark chocolate and spoon it onto the pear.
Enjoy with ice cream, and your favorite toppings!