We're always up for getting creative with our food, so we had to give this fun trend a go. All you need is a watermelon and a couple of small, dark fruits – and voilà, you've created a mouth-watering masterpiece.
Make your own scary summer treat by following the steps below – and don't forget to tag @asda and #GetYourCookOn on Insta when you do!
what you need
- 1 large watermelon
- 2 large blueberries (can swap out for another dark fruit, like black olives or grapes)
- Make sure you have a solid surface to work on. Wash and dry a large watermelon, then put on a chopping board.
- Find the more pointed ‘top’ end of the watermelon. Hold this steady and use a large, sharp knife* to slice off the bottom quarter of the melon, at a slight diagonal. You need to create a flat base, with the top – which will form the shark’s snout – pointing up at an angle. Reserve the cut-off piece to make the fin.
- Stand the watermelon up on its cut side, then use the tip of a metal skewer to mark a mouth shape – this should be fairly large, but with enough space both above and below it for teeth about 3-5cm long. Using the line as a guide, remove a wedge of the melon – scoop out the flesh from the wedge and discard the rind. Your shark now has a large, open mouth.
- To make watermelon slush, use a spoon to scoop most of the red flesh out of the melon – leave a 2cm-thick layer in place for colour and to make sure your shark is sturdy. Freeze all the scooped-out flesh in freezer bags for 3-4 hrs. (If time is short, or if you prefer fresh watermelon, you can remove the red flesh with a melon baller or spoon.)
- Meanwhile, for the teeth, mark lines 3-5cm above and below the mouth-opening, following its shape. With a small, sharp knife, trim off the green outer peel to reveal the softer white rind beneath it – take care not to cut too deeply.
- Carefully cut triangular pieces out of the white rind to create sharp, pointed teeth.
- Mark the position of the shark’s eyes with a skewer, then cut shallow ‘sockets’ to hold them – an apple corer is ideal for this, or use a small knife. For the eyes, use 2 large blueberries (or black olives, or grapes), secured in place with cocktail sticks.
- Cut a fin shape from the reserved melon base and secure to the back of the shark with cocktail sticks.
- Transfer the shark to a serving tray or platter – bonus points if it’s ocean blue! For the slush, wrap the bags of frozen watermelon in a clean tea towel and bash with a rolling pin to crush. Fill the mouth with the slush – or fresh watermelon, if using. Serve with a big, toothy grin.
* Children should always be supervised by an adult when using scissors and other sharp tools or components.