Happy Almost Shark Week!! This Sunday the 22nd, Discovery Channel is airing its annual Shark Week, and I’m pretty pumped. If you’ve followed me for a while, then you know it’s not unusual for me to give a shout out to this holiday. And yes, it really feels like a holiday for me and my family, because we’re a little weird. And one thing I love is seeing the fun Shark Week Food ideas.
I haven’t done a round up of Shark Week Food inspiration for you before, and now felt like the perfect time. I usually like to keep my shark-inspired food pretty subtle, but it’s fun to look at the more crafty varieties.
First off, let’s talk about Shark Week a bit, because it’s the right thing to do. Starting on Sunday we’re experiencing the 30th Anniversary of Shark Week, which is pretty mind blowing. I’ve honestly loved sharks for most of my life, ever since Jaws terrified the $#!t out of me as a kid. Then in 2015, my mom and I got to see the original in the movie theater for its 40th anniversary.
So to me, Jaws is one thing we have to thank for giving us this holiday. It brought sharks, especially great whites, into our lives in a bigger-than-life way. Granted that Peter Benchley and Steven Spielberg made the shark out to be a huge monster, but in reality they’re such a complex and mysterious creature.
Shark Week is the chance to learn a little more about this species, which seems so secretive after all these years. And it’s also an opportunity to witness shark breaches, see people in cages getting as close as possible, and also scientists tagging and researching them. I find it all completely fascinating. Plus a host of celebs including Shaq, Lindsay Vonn, Aaron Rogers, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ribbles and more will be making appearances, so it’ll be entertaining.
I have a friend who throws a Shark Week party every year, and if I lived closer, then you know I’d be bringing my Shark Week Food A-game. But since I’m across the state, I’ll try to provide some inspiration for what to make for your own party instead.
I’ve got 3 sections to this Shark Week Food Ideas post, so we can keep it organized. Here they are:
- A subtle nod to Shark Week Food – These are the recipes that are pretty straightforward and fewer craft skills are required.
- Crafty, Crazy Shark Week Food – Get out your piping bag, food coloring, and your creativity, because these are foods that will impress at any party!
- Products for Shark Week & Beyond! – Here you’ll find stuff for the party plus some fun shark products to get you through the week and are “Jawesome” all year long!
Let’s dive into our Shark Week Food Ideas:
Subtle Nod to Shark Week Food
Skinny Poolside Dip – I love that this is both a lower calorie dip, plus you can use blue corn chips for a fun shark fin look, like I did!
Fish Tacos – Because sharks eat fish, and who doesn’t like tacos?! A fun main meal for Shark Week celebrations.
Ceviche – I love how fresh and deliciously healthy ceviche is, and again fish is shark food, so just roll with it!
Shrimp Scampi – This recipe gives us pasta lovers the perfect excuse to enjoy noodles for Shark Week food!
Shrimp Summer Rolls – If you want a light and healthy app or main dish, these spring rolls are a fun way to enjoy Shark Week. Filled with shrimp that some variation of sharks are sure to eat, so yeah this totally counts!
Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies – I’m blown away by how simple adding a few sliced almonds to a sugar cooking can totally transform them.
Seaweed Dip – Essentially you’re making spinach dip and again using the clever blue corn chip technique to give a nod to sharks.
Shark Tooth Snacks – Think muddy buddies but with Bugles instead of cereal – so cute and easy!
Sea Glass – Now if you want an attractive treat, this hard candy is easy whip up. Plus adding some food coloring and sprinkles makes it really pretty and fun!
Shark Bait Popcorn – This snack is so simple to make. You use pre-popped corn or pop your own, then drizzle with white chocolate, shark gummy candies, and sprinkles! Now this is a fun and easy snack!
Shark Ice Cubes – If you have ice cube trays, then you can whip up this “bloody” treat. Use cranberry juice and shark gummy candies and freeze for a perfect addition to your beverages!
Shark Frenzy Ice Cream – Blue vanilla ice cream with graham crackers for sand and shark gummy candies makes this a sweet treat that’s perfect for shark week food!
Crafty Shark Week Food
Shark Twinkie Pops – Twinkies and a whole lot of creativity transform into adorable shark treats!
Shark Week Fishing Poles – This actually looks incredibly easy that even non-crafty people can make them. Pretzels plus Twizzlers plus gummy sharks makes for a fun snack during Shark Week.
Fins Up Cocktail – Vodka, Blueberry Schnapps, and club soda make this a light and easy cocktail to enjoy, so drink up!
Shark Fin Cookies – If you love making cookies, working with fondant, and playing with icing, then this is a fun recipe for you!
Shark Marshmallow Pops – Who knew marshmallows could make such adorable sharks?! So yeah, you should check these out!
Watermelon Shark Carving – If you’re good with carving and want to make something really fun, then definitely make this crowd pleaser! Fill the carved shark’s head with gummy sharks, watermelon, and a doll for a “shark attack” effect.
Life Preserver Donuts – I mean these are seriously adorable, and humans and sharks alike would sink their teeth into these!
Shark Bite Cocktail – This ocean colored cocktail features some “blood” in the water for a fun drink everyone will love!
Shark Bite Cupcakes – Now there are TONS of cakes and cupcakes with shark inspiration, but these are fun! They’re piped with a little red jams for some bloody effects and topped with icing and a shark fin.
Sharknado Cupcakes – If you love the hilarity of Sharknado, then these cupcakes are perfect for you. Plus you get a fun video tutorial here, so make these ASAP!
Shark Week Food Products
These Shark Fin Toothpicks are perfect for topping cupcakes or a fun creation.
You’ll find these Shark Gummy Candies in many of the recipes above, so they’re a great item to purchase.
For your cookie decorating, this Shark Fin Cookie Cutter is perfect for Shark Week food!
And don’t forget this Shark Cookie Cutter, so you can make adorable cookies.
I love this blue Ceramic Mug with Hidden Shark, because it’s so fun!
And if you prefer a more neutral color, then this Sneak Attack Ceramic Mug is a great choice!
I mean, this Shark Attack Ceramic Sushi Platter is a must for any shark lover, because it’s hilarious.
Finally this Shark Fin Ice Cube Mold achieves the fin floating in your drink look, and I own this item.
Holy smokes, am I officially excited for Shark Week this year after all of this yummy “research”. And I’m not going to lie, there are some products in there I’m majorly pining for.
How do you celebrate Shark Week? I’ll be back in KC for an appointment, but I know the fam and I will be texting all week! Any favorite dishes you love for Shark Week Food or ideas you got from this post?! I’d love to know, so comment below!
Stay inspired & don’t go in the water!