The Birthday Shark
fruit + Jello + swedish fish= yummy applause
Hipster Henry’s birthday was weeks ago but with all the summer fun & rush I never got a chance to send anything in to pre-school to celebrate (because Pony Palooza & Dutch Wonderland were not enough) so I wanted to come up with something fun and different. I came across this watermelon shark months ago and bookmarked it for just the right occasion. This watermelon shark is a bit tricky but totally doable and adorably impressive when you are finally finished.
First thing you need to know is that this takes about 90 minutes to create. *This includes screw up and clean up time. Also if you hate working with knives or have never been in a Mexican knife fight you might find this extra challenging. Now that the disclaimers are out of the way let’s get started.
You will need the following ingredients:
1. Oval Shaped Watermelon
2. 4 packages of blue jello (this is for the water)
3. 2 blue berries for the eyes
4. 1-2 packages of swedish fish
You will need the following tools:
1. a melon baller (thanks to my neighbor Young!)
2. toothpicks (for eyes and when you screw up the teeth)
3. Large kitchen knife, small kitchen knife, *exacto blade (optional)
4. Platter for your shark to live on. (I used our Thanksgiving turkey platter
You will also need:
1. Space in your fridge for Mr. Shark and all his accumounts.
Here we go…
JELLO JIGGLER OCEAN:
We are going to start with the Jello which will act as our ocean. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the side of the box or click here, spray a 13×9″ baking dish with cooking spray (I so did not want to do this because this was my first time making jigglers but I promise you will not taste it), pour in the Jello mix and you can either put it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or put it in the freezer for 20+ minutes. Once the Jello is firm cut it into squares or find some fun cookie cutters. I went with my ninja cookie cuter set so the Jello looked like people. Yep. I went there.
STEP 1. First thing you want to do is wash your watermelon. There is no telling who had their mitts on your future creation before you brought it home. Next cut the bottom of the watermelon off at a slight angle. This is the bottom of your Shark. Next cut out the wedge for the mouth. This determines the entire look of your shark so I want you to be careful with this one (no pressure). Make sure you save the mouth wedge to make your fin!
STEP 2. Now to start the teeth.Grab your small kitchen knife. This requires patience. About 1/2″ below the your shark’s mouth make a score line.
This is where we messed up. Cut too deep and you will end up with a Shark that looks like it has been its fair share of bar fights because your teeth will have nothing to be attached to. If this happens to you all hope is not lost. Take your toothpicks (chop one in half) and use it to stick your tooth in place. The picture below is what you don’t want to have happen.
STEP 3. Now carve off the first layer of rind – just the outside green part.
STEP 4. Grab your melon baller and hollow out the whole watermelon. Set all the watermelon you scoop out aside for later.
STEP 5. Now we start cutting out the teeth. Again don’t fret if you lose a tooth because your score line went to deep. Toothpicks are the cure-all in this project.
BREAK. Now take a mini break because the really hard stuff is done and you are more than half way there. Okay break over.
STEP 6. Next carve out two skinny half moons for the gills and repeat on the other side. This can be a little tough but mostly just annoying. While you are at it use that left over wedge from the mouth and cut a triangle for the fin.
STEP 7. Let’s grab some blueberries for the eyes and stick them in. If you make them too close together it ends up looking like a monster instead of a Shark.
ALL TOGETHER NOW
This is where the fun starts. I made mine the night before so I put everything together in the morning. I did not want the watermelon to make the Jello & Swedish fish soggy. Since this is for Henry’s pre-school class I wanted them all to be able to stand around it and grab what they want so I went with my Turkey platter for the base. Not fun getting it to school but the applause was worth it!
Happy Birthday Henry!!!!
(we made it another year….go us!)