How to Make Scary-Realistic Edible Fake Blood

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Edible blood. Yep, it's gross. And it's totally a thing for halloween. Thanks to our fiendishly easy recipe, you can scare your friends and creep out your fam in a splash. Style tip: It looks even more sinister on simple baked goods that would otherwise appear harmless. 

Start with the recipe below, but feel free to experiment depending on the look you're going for. Add a little more water to make it runny, or use less if you need it to be thicker.

Chocolate sauce helps deepen the red color, so your edible blood looks disgustingly realistic. But if chocolate doesn't go with what you're making, just add a few drops of brown, black or purple food coloring. 

How to make edible fake blood

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons red gel food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Alternatively (and for major ick-factor), combine all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined. 

Working with fake blood: what you need to know

  1. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month. 
  2. This stuff will stain anything it comes into contact with, so steer clear of clothing, fabrics or any porous surfaces.  
  3. A little fake blood goes a long way. Start with a dribble, then add more until you reach your desired effect. It's easier to add a little more than to try to remove the excess. 
  4. It'll remain tacky for quite a while, so handle anything decorated with it very carefully. 
  5. You'll want to add the fake blood shortly before serving. Over time it can "bleed" into whatever frosting or baked good it's on. 
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