How to Make Fake Blood

Plenty of special effects makeup artists and enthusiasts use fake blood to create realistic, gory looks, especially around Halloween. Nothing adds to the frightening thrill of Halloween like lots and lots of sticky red blood! You can quickly use ingredients you probably have in your kitchen to create edible fake blood. Make quick fake blood using corn syrup or blend up a deep red fake blood that uses powdered sugar. You can some thick fake blood that uses flour and thickens as it cools. You’ll never need to buy fake blood again!

EditIngredients

EditEdible Fake Blood Using Corn Syrup

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of red fruit punch
  • 1 cup (300 g) of corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

EditEdible Fake Blood Using Powdered Sugar

  • 3 1/2 cups (16 ounces or 453 g) of powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of water

EditEdible Fake Blood Using Flour

  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of water
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring

EditSteps

EditCreating Edible Fake Blood with Corn Syrup

  1. Measure your ingredients into a blender. Get out a blender and measuring cups and spoons. Measure and place each of the ingredients into the blender. This makes one full batch of fake blood that you can use and eat. You’ll need:[1]
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    • 1/2 cup (120 ml) of red fruit punch
    • 1 cup (300 g) of corn syrup (or golden syrup)
    • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
    • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
    • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  2. Blend the fake blood until it’s smooth. Put the lid on the blender and blitz it for about 30 seconds, so the ingredients combine and forms smooth fake blood. It may help to pause after 15 seconds and blitz the fake blood again. This will ensure that any lumps of cocoa powder or cornstarch are blended out.[2]
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    • If you don’t have a blender, you could use a large food processor.
  3. Adjust the color of the fake blood. Remove the blender lid and dip a spoon into the fake blood to check the color. Drizzle some of the fake blood onto a white paper towel to get the best idea of the color. If you need to adjust the color, you can add more red food coloring, chocolate syrup, or cocoa powder.
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    • For example, if the fake blood looks too pink or pale, add a few drops of red food coloring and blend it again. Or if the fake blood looks too bright red, add some more chocolate syrup or powder and blend it again.
  4. Consider thickening the fake blood. If you’d like thicker fake blood that’s a little globby, add extra corn syrup. For extra thick fake blood, you could double the amount of corn syrup. Keep in mind that you may need to add extra red food coloring, since it will be diluted.
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    • If you don’t want to use corn syrup, you could substitute golden syrup.

EditCreating Edible Fake Blood with Powdered Sugar

  1. Measure water and powdered sugar into a blender. Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of water into a blender or food processor. Measure out 3 1/2 cups (16 ounces or 453 g) of powdered sugar and add it to the blender.[5]
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  2. Blitz the water and powdered sugar. Put the lid on the blender and blend the water and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds. The powdered sugar should completely dissolve in the water.[6]
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    • You may need to pulse the mixture to break up any clumps of powdered sugar.
  3. Add red food coloring and cocoa to the blender. Pour 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of red food coloring into the blender. Put the lid on it and pulse the blender until the dye is blended into the mixture. Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and blitz the fake blood again.
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    • The cocoa will help the fake blood thicken a little and will make it turn a more realistic shade of red.
  4. Adjust the color of the fake blood. Remove the lid from the blender and dip a spoon into the fake blood. Drip the fake blood onto a paper towel, so you can get a better idea of what the color looks like. Add more red food coloring or cocoa powder to get the color you want.
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    • You can transfer the fake blood to a squeeze bottle and squirt it when you’re ready to use it. Just store it in the refrigerator until you need it.

EditCreating Edible Fake Blood with Flour

  1. Place the water and flour into a sauce pot. Get out a small sauce pot and pour 1 cup (240 ml) of water into it. Add 1 tablespoon of flour into the water and whisk the mixture to break up any lumps. Try to dissolve the flour in the water.
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    • If you don’t have a whisk, you can use a fork to quickly combine the water and flour.
  2. Heat the mixture. Turn the heat on to high until it begins to boil. One it’s bubbling, turn the heat down to medium-low. It should only bubble a little. Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
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    • Cooking the flour and water mixture will make your fake blood thick.
  3. Stir in the red food coloring. Pour 2 tablespoons of red food coloring into the cooled flour and water mixture. Whisk or stir the red food coloring until the color is completely mixed into the thick mixture.
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    • You can add more red food coloring for a brighter shade of fake blood.

EditVideo

EditThings You’ll Need

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Blender or food processor
  • Paper towel or plate
  • Squeeze bottle, optional
  • Small sauce pot
  • Whisk

EditTips

  • You can use a toothpick, squirt bottle, or paintbrush to apply the fake blood to body parts, furniture or clothes. You could even fill your mouth with the fake blood and let it slowly ooze out of your mouth.

EditWarnings

  • Fake blood may also stain concrete or clothing (especially light or white clothes), so use caution when handling the fake blood. If you want to use a non-staining fake blood, you might need to purchase fake blood designed for movie sets.

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