Can you believe Shark Week is already mere days away? Seems like yesterday we were glued to our screens obsessing over Discovery’s programming — and by the looks of it, this year’s lineup will not disappoint, either. From comedian and retired Marine Rob Riggle embarking on a shark-filled adventure to other gasp-inducing, daring shark experiments, Shark Week takes place July 28 through August 4. And to get through it all in one piece, we’ll need sustenance; and by sustenance, we obviously mean snacks — and a lot of them — within arm’s reach.
Whether you’re a die-hard Shark Week fan hosting a viewing party or a casual viewer who’ll jump in from time to time to keep up, the following Shark Week-themed snacks and treats are must-haves.
Shark chocolate bark
Don’t be intimidated by this recipe; it’s actually much easier than it looks. For this shark chocolate bark recipe, you’ll need shark dummies, Pop Rocks or sprinkles, two colors of chocolate melts, parchment paper and toothpicks. And in the end, you’ll have a gorgeous treat for you and your guests.
Kids and adults alike will love this easy-to-make, blue-hued soda drink with gummy sharks dodging ice cubes. In addition to the shark gummies, the recipe calls for lemon-lime soda, blue sports drink, peach gummy rings to garnish and striped straws — recyclable, if you can.
Seaweed dip with shark fin chips
This seaweed dip with corn chips snack is so simple, yet so genius. And if you aren’t a fan of seaweed dip, you can easily swap it out for spinach and artichoke dip or any other dip, really.
Shark bite ice cream sundaes
This will take some arts and crafts skills, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Gather the kids or a friend or two to help, divvy up all the tasks — one person can make the marshmallow creme for the shark body, one can cut the fruit leather, etc. — and you’ll have these ice cream sundaes no time.
Shark bite cupcakes
These strawberry jam-stuffed cupcakes topped with blue-dyed vanilla buttercream and a fins made from gum paste are the sweets your Shark Week party needs.
Shark Week Jell-O shots
This one is for adults only but Love & Marriage has an easy, rum-infused Jell-O shots recipe for your viewing festivities. Want to make it family-friendly? Just skip the rum and you’ll still have totally on-theme Jell-O shots to serve.
Cake batter shark bait
For a sweet and salty snack mix swimming with multi-colored shark gummies, look no further than Young at Heart Mommy’s recipe, which includes white butter-flavored kettle corn, cake mix, white chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Gummy sharks are most fun to eat when set atop homemade Rice Crispy Treats bars and wrapped with Fruit Roll-Ups to look like sushi.
Shark slice-and-bake cookies
Have an hour to kill before guests arrive? This layered cookie log made to look like sharks on the attack are simultaneously adorable and frightening.
Shark ice cream floats
Another fun, sweet drink, these floats are filled with blue soda (add blue food coloring to your favorite clear soda) and two scoops of ice cream. Top with gummy sharks, toss in a straw, and sip away.
Shark s’mores pops
In a few simple steps, traditional s’mores are transformed into Shark Week-appropriate treats for the whole family. The best part of the whole process? Making the shark faces as fun or as scary as you want, obviously.
A Shark Week menu isn’t complete without a watermelon shark, and Inspirational Momma makes the process as clear and easy as possible, including tips on how to pick the perfect watermelon.