Shark Week Shark Pops

It’s Shark Week, doo doo doo doo doo doo

It’s Shark Week, doo doo doo doo doo doo

Now this song is stuck in your head, doo doo doo doo doo doo

It’s never going away, doo doo doo doo doo doo

I’m not sorry, doo doo doo doo doo doo!

Let’s make some food, doo doo doo doo doo doo

Yes, it’s Shark Week and to celebrate, we’re making a batch of these simply adorable and adorably simple shark party pops!

Look how festive these guys are! They’re just screaming, “Let’s party!”

Shark Week Party Pops

To make your own Shark Week sharks in party hat pops, you will need:

  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 2 bags white candy melts (with 1/4 cup reserved for later)
  • 1/4 cup yellow candy melts
  • 1/4 cup black candy melts
  • Candy eyeballs
  • 12 Mini-jawbreakers
  • Blue icing
  • 1 black food safe marker (available at craft stores and cake shops)
  • Bugles corn chips

You will also need:

  • 12 cake pop sticks
  • Double boiler
  • Wooden spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • Block of styrofoam or a cake pop stand
  • A small round cookie cutter roughly the size of one of your candy melts

Gently skewer two marshmallow lengthwise onto each of your cake pops.

When skewering your marshmallows, go all the way through the first marshmallow, and only halfway through the second.

Press the bottom of your cake pop sticks into your styrofoam to help hold your pops as you make them.

In your double boiler on low, melt all but 1/4 of your white candy melts stirring often to make sure they’re smooth.

When your melts are completely melted and smooth, carefully dip your marshmallow pops in, fully coating them.

I was using a somewhat shallow yet wide pot, so I found the easiest way to get them coated was to dip them in sideways and then gently rotate the stick. If your pot is deeper, simply sticking the marshmallows straight into the candy melt and then gently pulling them out will work as well. Just be careful that you don’t pull too fast or you’ll run the risk of sliding your marshmallows off the sticks and leaving them behind.

Once your pops are fully coated in white, set them aside to harden up.

As your pops are hardening, add in a few of your black candy melts to your already melted white candy melts, stirring to combine. Add in as many or as few black candy melts as you’d like until you achieve a gray color you’re happy with.

Dip your marshmallows into the gray, but this time, dip only one-half lengthwise, and then dip again, just getting the tip coated.

You want your marshmallows to be half gray and half white, like a shark’s body.

Using one of your toothpicks, dot a little melted gray candy melt onto the eye area of your sharks and carefully attach your eyeballs.

To make your shark fins, use your cookie cutter to cut up the 1/4 cup of white candy melts you reserved as shown in the diagram below.

Using the same technique as you did above for your eyeballs, carefully apply your dorsal fin and pectoral fins using melted gray candy melt as glue. Allow to cool and then gently dip each fin into the melted gray to coat them and match them to the rest of your shark body.

Set your sharks aside, for now, to cool and firm up.

It’s time to make the party hats!

Discard your gray candy melt mixture (or save for another project) and melt your yellow candy melts.

Carefully dip coat 12 of your most party hat-looking Bugle chips into the yellow melted candy melts and allow to harden.

Using a dot of melted candy melt, attach a jawbreaker to the top of each.

When your party hats are fully firmed up, feel free to use the blue frosting to add stripes and swirls but do NOT do the band around the bottom…yet.

To assemble your sharks in party hats, carefully pipe a large blob of blue on the top of your shark’s head where you would like your hat to sit. You want the blob to be just a fraction bigger than the bottom of your party hat.

Gently press your hats into the frosting and then set aside your sharks to again firm up.

When the frosting has firmed up a bit (about an hour or so) feel free to add more blue frosting around the base of the hat.

To make your shark’s mouth and gills, use your black food writer to draw them on. For the mouth, just draw an arch and add in teeth. For the gills, two slashes on each side of your shark halfway between their pectoral fins and eyeballs works.

And that’s it! Take some time to really appreciate how festive and fun your shark pops are.

Feel free to eat these by the sea while enjoying Shark Week if you’re feeling really brave, or by the pool if you’re not (or if you’re landlocked like I am).

This shark looks like he’s truly over the party.  

Grumpy or not, he was delicious!

Enjoy and have fun celebrating Shark Week and as always – Eat Well!

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