TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 large watermelon
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) pineapple preserves
  • Swedish Fish candies, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without candies): 129 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1-1/2 frui


  1. Using a large sharp knife, cut off one end of the watermelon so that watermelon stands at an angle. Using a razor blade or small knife, score an opening for the mouth. With knife, cut out and remove mouth. Cut out triangles for teeth; remove rind from teeth.
  2. For shark fin, cut a triangle from removed rind; attach to shark with toothpicks. For eyes, attach two grapes with toothpicks.
  3. Remove fruit from inside watermelon; cut into cubes. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries and remaining grapes. Finely grate peel from oranges and squeeze juice. In a small bowl, mix preserves, orange juice and peel; add to fruit and toss gently.
  4. Stand shark on a platter. Fill opening with some of the fruit mixture; add a few Swedish Fish if desired. Serve with remaining fruit. Yield: 32 servings.
Originally published as Watermelon Shark in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p8

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Big hit at Grad Party."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"Nice recipe"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"googd one"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"my mother used to make these so many years ago when she cooked for wedding parties.. She would also make for our family. Realy a great touch to a picnic"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"I don't think it took an hour to prepare. It was pretty simple to do, and the kids really loved making it with me! My 4 year old boy would not stop smiling, and posing with his watermelon shark, and has even requested this at his birthday!"

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