My family, boyfriend Brandon, and I spent the past week at the beach on vacation. My dad's side of the family has a beach house, so when we go to the beach, it is a family reunion, including group dinners of about 20 people.
One night Brandon and I thought it would be fun to make a beach-themed dessert. So, watermelon sharks were born...or created...The idea for this project came from a post on either foodgawker or pinterest a few weeks ago.
The first step was to cut off the bottom third of a watermelon to make it stand up.
Watermelons are actually easier to cut than pumpkins. They do make a mess when hollowing out, however, because they are so juicy. Here is part of our giant mess. Notice the bowls and bowls (not all pictured) of watermelon flesh.
The next step was to shave off some of the green peel around the mouth to expose the white section of the watermelon. This allows the teeth to be white. To create the teeth, we cut out little triangles out of the white section around the mouth.
We also added grapes for eyeballs (pictured in first photo). Another small fruit, such as cherries or even blueberries would also work well. All that was left to do at this point was to reinsert the melon into the shark so that it could be eaten. Brandon and I took different approaches with our final touches. I added sweedish fish, while he made his shark man-eating by adding sour patch kids. I like the extra color that the sour patch kids add.
This dessert was a huge hit with the crowd. Everyone ooed and awed before finally realizing that they were in fact supposed to eat the fruit!