Watermelon Shark Carving

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So long as your guest list has a sense of humor, this hungry shark watermelon carving makes the perfect centerpiece for your next pool party.

by National Watermelon Promotion Board

What you’ll need
1 oblong, seeded watermelon
2 large marbles, or any round fruit (cherry, blueberry, red grape, etc)
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Swedish fish candies for garnish
Dry erase marker
Pairing knife (you can use the tip of a vegetable peeler)
Smaller utility knife
Large knife
Large spoon
How to make it
Wash and dry the watermelon.

Cut off 1/3 of the watermelon at a diagonal angle.

Stand the remaining 2/3 upright on your work surface and use a dry erase marker to draw the mouth line and eye sockets.

Cut out the mouth. Trim back a 1/2″ line of the green part of the rind for the teeth area.

Use a large spoon to scoop out the watermelon flesh, leaving 3″ intact at the base.

Cut out the teeth, using a smaller utility knife.

Use a melon baller to cut out the eye sockets that match the size of the large marbles. Then use a paring knife to trim the green area around the eyes. Insert marbles.

Use a carved-out rind from the mouth to make the dorsal fin, shape as shown in the picture. Attach the fin using toothpicks.

Fill the mouth with triangle shapes of watermelon, accented with Swedish fish.

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