Do you and your family enjoy celebrating shark week? Maybe you are doing a homeschool preschool or summer camp theme unit on ocean animals. Or maybe you are just looking for a fun treat to cool your family down during the hot summer. No matter which it is, this gummy shark ice cream is the recipe that you have been looking for.
What is Shark Week?
Shark Week is an annual event that typically falls during the 3rd week of July each summer. It is a week-long programming event that started in 1988. During the week, several interesting shows are shown on the Discovery Channel.
The event focuses on sharks and has gotten so big that restaurants like Crumbl Cookie, Sonic and Joe’s Crab Shack run specials and serve limited time shark-themed options on their menu. It’s a great time for families with future Ichthyologists and kids that are fascinated with the ocean to explore a unit study.
Shark Facts for Kids
There are many interesting facts about sharks that your family may not know. For example, there are more than 500 species of sharks.
- The largest shark is the whale shark and can grow to be 40 feet long!
- The smallest species of shark is the dwarf lantern shark and only grows to be 8 inches long.
- Most sharks are gray on the top and white on the bottom. This helps them to camouflage and blend in with their surroundings.
- Some species of sharks can live up to 100 years old!
- All sharks have multiple rows of sharp teeth that they use to eat their prey.
- Sharks are predators and typically eat fish, squid, octopus, seals, and sea lions.
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Great White Ice Cream
Your whole family will love this sweet, creamy no-churn ice cream recipe. This great white shark ice cream is simple to make, but you do need to prepare it in advance of when you want to serve it.
This creamy ice cream with blue gummy sharks will need to have set up time in the freezer for at least six hours before you can serve it. So make sure and plan ahead.
This would be a great recipe to make a day ahead of time so it can remain in the freezer overnight.
When to Serve Sharks Ice Cream
There’s no limit to when you can enjoy this sweet and creamy dessert. Shark week is the perfect opportunity to make a big batch to share with your friends.
If you are doing an ocean unit study with your kids this summer, then serve it up as part of your lesson. It would also be great for a pool party or summer birthday party as a fun surprise for the kids.
When or where ever you decide to serve this delicious ice cream with gummy sharks inside of it is sure to be a hit!
How to Make Shark Ice Cream
The ingredients you will need for this recipe are ice cream cones (the recipe makes twelve single servings), heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and a tub of icing. You will also need gummy shark candy, which you can find on Amazon, or possibly at your local craft store in the baking section. The last ingredient you will need is light blue gel food coloring.
The easiest way to make this shark week ice cream is to use a stand mixer, you can make it with a hand mixer but be forewarned it will take you a while longer. You will need to “whip” your heavy whipping cream until it is thick and resembles whipped topping.
After your heavy cream is whipped you will need to fold the sweetened condensed milk and food coloring into it.
Now you will need to add half of the whipped cream mixture to a pan and drop small amounts of your white icing on top of it. Don’t stir! Just add some more of the blue whipped cream mixture and your gummy shark candy on top.
Now you are ready for the freezer for at least six hours, but preferably overnight. When you scoop the shark ice cream out of the pan it will have a marbled look.
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How to Store Shark Ice Cream
Leftover ice cream should be stored in the freezer in an airtight container until you are ready to eat it. This will help it to last longer and prevent freezer burn.
You can store your ice cream for up to two weeks, but it is best if enjoyed within the first week.
As you can see this recipe for gummy shark ice cream is easy to follow, but you’ll get major mom points! Your kids will be amazed when you serve this delicious frozen treat to them in ice cream cones.
And who doesn’t love simple, delicious snack with shark candy inside to celebrate shark week or any other occasion that you would like! How do you think your kids will react to this great white shark ice cream?
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- 4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 small tub of white icing
- 1 drop light blue gel food coloring
- 10 shark gummies
- Place heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. You can also use a hand blender with whisk attachment but be aware it will take much longer.
- Add any ice cream flavoring (ex. coconut or vanilla extract)
- Blend for 4 minutes on low speed and adjust speed going up to 6 as it thickens.
- Once the mixture resembles whipped topping, fold in the can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 drop of light blue food coloring.
- Pour half of the mixture into a 9 inch square pan.
- Drop some of the white icing in different places into the light blue mix. Do not stir. Just drop each spoonful in and then top with more shark gummies.
- Once the ice cream is all in the pan, place the pan in the freeze for at least 6 hours but best if froze overnight.
- When your shark ice cream freezes, you'll get a marbled effect when the ice cream is scooped.