18 Scary-Good Shark Treats for Your Viewing Party

School all your friends on how to throw the best Shark Week viewing party. The secret? Sweet and savory bites that everyone will want to sink their teeth into.

Updated on July 19, 2023

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Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

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Our Best Bites for Shark Week

It’s time to get ready for the most 'jawsome' week of the year: Shark Week! If you’re anything like us you’ve already started stocking up on viewing party essentials—which makes this the perfect time to start planning your menu. Whether you’re leaning towards a showstopping shark cake, an entire school of shark-themed cupcakes or savory snacks that everyone will want to sink their teeth into, you’ll find all the recipes you need right here—starting with these fun cookies. They may look like they came from a professional bake shop but topping the cookies with an ocean of color couldn’t be easier: we use a simple sheet-pan swirl technique. And those fins peeking out the top? All you need to make them are some chocolate-peppermint candies and a small round cookie cutter.

Get the Recipe: Ocean Cookies

Watermelon Shark

A shark should most definitely be the center of attention at a Shark Week party. Use fish-shaped cookie cutters to turn melon into a fun and fruity filling for this killer centerpiece.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Shark

Shark Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Slice open this cleverly layered cookie log to reveal the friendliest sharks you'll come across this summer.

Get the Recipe: Shark Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Shark Bait

You'll lure all the land sharks with this colorful, seaweed-spiked snack mix. Make it up to five days ahead and store in an airtight container, or maybe just make it the day before the party — we know you'll have a hard time resisting this bait!

Get the Recipe: Shark Bait

No-Churn Shark Ice Cream

No ice cream maker needed to create this extra-creamy ice cream!

Get the Recipe: No-Churn Shark Ice Cream

Shark Banana Pops

Don't fear this scary shark — it's only a frozen banana dipped in white chocolate!

Get the Recipe: Shark Banana Pops

Jiggly Shark Pops

Take a bite out of summer with these kid-friendly push pops. Start by layering a push pop mold with slices of store-bought pound cake and sour candy, then pour in a gelatin mixture and a gummy shark (or two). To really wow the whole family, line the rim of the pop molds with dyed coconut oil and sprinkles first!

Get the Recipe: Jiggly Shark Pops

Ombre Wave Shark Cake

In need of a weekend project? This showstopping cake requires your time and attention with results that are sweet, festive and oh-so-beautiful. Vanilla cake and swiss meringue make up the base of this towering dessert, which is decorated with marshmallow fondant fins and sprinkles to make the whole thing shine.

Get the Recipe: Ombre Wave Shark Cake

Life Preserver Bagels

Though not certified flotation devices, these adorable life preserver bagels are made from scratch, perfectly chewy and fit right into Shark Week viewing party brunch!

Get the Recipe: Life Preserver Bagels

Shark Sighting Pudding Cups

These shark-infested pudding cups are quick to make, and you can even get the kids to help.

Get the Recipe: Shark Sighting Pudding Cups

Shark Fin Punch

Dive into a cup of boozy blue punch, complete with blue taffy "fins" and a swirl of whipped cream. White rum and pina colada mix infuse the punch with plenty of tropical flavor that’s reminiscent of your favorite beach cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Shark Fin Punch

Shark Bite Ice Cream Sundaes

Show sharks who's boss and take a bite out of these ice cream treats. The sharks' wide-open mouths might look scary, but they're just fruit leather.

Get the Recipe: Shark Bite Ice Cream Sundaes

Shark Beach Pull-Apart Cupcakes

This beach scene dessert with a frosting ocean full of gummy sharks requires no slicing — your guests can just grab a cupcake and dig in.

Get the Recipe: Shark Beach Pull-Apart Cupcakes

Shark Quesadillas

Quesadillas hit the spot when you're craving a savory bite. And when they're shark-inspired and ready in only 15 minutes, what's not to love?

Get the Recipe: Shark Quesadillas

Red Velvet Shark Cake

Slice into this toothy menace (who's actually pretty cute!) to reveal a fishy surprise!

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Shark Cake

Shark Bark

This cute and easy white chocolate bark is brimming with all the ocean's creatures.

Get the Recipe: Shark Bark

Shark and Waves Giant Watermelon Bowl

Fruit salad is a staple at summer parties. We kicked ours up a notch by serving it in a giant watermelon "wave bowl" to make it the centerpiece of any shindig. Watch your fingers-- there may be a shark or two lurking in those shoals!

Get the Recipe: Shark and Waves Giant Watermelon Bowl

Shark Attack Punch

This silly (and delicious!) cocktail has a surprise "bite" with every pour. Let's just say you're gonna need a bigger glass.

Get the Recipe: Shark Attack Punch

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