It’s that time of year again, where thoughts turn to monsters, horror movies, mad scientists and Halloween treats, and we can’t get enough of it.
Follow this easy Edible Blood recipe to create your very own fake blood for all your spooky Halloween treats, bakes and cocktails! This realistic fake blood is an easy recipe and fun to make, safe to eat and can be used in your gory Halloween make up.
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Edible Fake Blood Recipe
Fancy making some super-realistic and ghoulishly gory edible blood? This easy fake blood recipe is for you!
A fun project to liven up any Halloween party or haunted house and the PERFECT way to add a touch of gore to your spooky Halloween cakes, bakes and treats.
You can also use it to make Halloween drinks even spookier – what about drizzling some edible blood around the rim of your glass?
This fake blood is safe to eat but it can also be used to enhance your Halloween make up. My kids even used it to make our carved pumpkins extra gory last year!
HALLOWEEN BLOOD INGREDIENTS
Making edible fake blood is super easy – you just need a handful of ingredients.
- Cranberry juice, cherry juice or pomegranate juice or water
- Cornstarch (cornflour) – the more you add the thicker your fake blood will become!
- A few drops vanilla extract (or any colorless extract) for flavor
- Light corn syrup or liquid glucose (in the UK you can find Dr Oetker liquid glucose quite easily)
- Food coloring such as Wilton No Taste Red Color
How to Make Edible Fake Blood
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
STEP 1: Start by making a cornstarch slurry. Mix the cornstarch and juice in a saucepan, stirring well to dissolve. Add the vanilla extract and corn syrup (or liquid glucose) and stir again.
STEP 2: Heat over low heat, stirring, for a few minutes but don’t allow to come to the boil. You need to heat the mixture in order to activate the cornstarch which will thicken your edible blood and give it the desired consistency (nobody likes runny blood!).
STEP 3: Once you have the right consistency, take the pan the heat and add little drops of red food coloring, gradually, until you have your desired shade.
You might want to add a little blue / brown food coloring for a more realistic deep red-brown blood color. Transfer to a sealed jar or other airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to three weeks.
HOW TO USE EDIBLE FAKE BLOOD
Add your fake edible blood to a small ziplock bag and snip a small hole in the corner. For more delicate work, you can use an Oxo silicone squeeze bottle.
Use it to drizzle over cakes, to decorate the rim of cocktail glasses or just to add gory touches to your Halloween costume or decorations!
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Edible Fake Blood
- 80 ml cranberry juice or as needed
- 2 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour)
- few drops vanilla extract (optional)
- 250 g (1 cup) light corn syrup or liquid glucose
- gel food coloring
- Mix the cornflour with the cranberry juice in a small pan, stirring well to dissolve. Add the vanilla extract and glucose syrup and stir to combine.
- Heat gently over a low heat, stirring, until the mixture starts to thicken. Do not boil. If the fake blood becomes too thick you can thin it with more water or juice – remember it will thicken as it cools.
- Take the pan off the heat and stir in the red food coloring until you have the desired color. You can add a few drops of blue or violet food coloring for a darker color.
- Transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge for up to three weeks. You may need to stir in some additional cranberry juice or water and heat gently to bring to liquid consistency after chilling.