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Hippo Safari

  • Long oval shaped watermelon- seeded or seedless
  • Kitchen & paring knives
  • Cutting board
  • Green dry-erase marker (preferably washable)
  • Large bowl & spoon
  • Channel knife
  • Melon baller
  • Toothpicks
  • Blueberries
  • Marshmallows or light green pieces of watermelon rind
  • Serving platter
  • Blue gelatin
  • Small dolls or safari themed toys or animals
  1. Wash the watermelon under cool running water and pat dry.
  2. On a cutting board, place the watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4"-1/2" from the yellow spot side, being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. This will provide a sturdy base.
  3. Using the dry-erase marker, draw a wedge from the stem end of the watermelon downward to form a mouth that will allow the fruit salad to spill onto your serving platter.
  4. Use the knife to carefully cut away the wedge that forms the mouth. Remove the wedge and use a melon baller to hollow out the watermelon or use a spoon to hollow out the watermelon, reserving the inside watermelon to cut up and serve and the rind to add details to the hippo.
  5. Use the rind from the wedge that was removed to form two eyes and two ears. Use a paring knife to trim away the green edges from the eyes and ears to add a more three dimensional look. Attach the eyes and ears with toothpicks to the back top of the hippos head and place blueberries inside the eyes to cover up the toothpicks.
  6. Use the channel knife to add dimension and the appearance of a long nose with nostrils.
  7. Attach two marshmallows or light green pieces of rind to the top of the mouth and two to the bottom of the mouth to resemble teeth.
  8. Place the carving on a serving platter covering the back half of the platter with blue gelatin & the front half with fruit salad spilling out of the hippo’s mouth. Decorate around the platter with safari themed dolls or animals, if desired.
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