Here’s a Halloween treat sure to please! It’s an easy and edible fake blood recipe using ingredients you most likely have sitting in your cupboards right now.
Using only 3 ingredients, you’ll have yourself a bucket of blood to be proud of. Just remember to make sure people know it’s fake; otherwise the neighbours might start looking at you funny.
I’m going to start off by giving you the recipe because I want to keep the most graphic images at the bottom. Don’t scroll – you’ll just ruin the icky surprise.
Your three ingredients are going to be:
- Maple Syrup
- Red Food Dye
- Green Food Dye
It doesn’t matter which brand of syrup you use, but the consistency counts. Go with a thicker variety and stay away from the sugar-free versions. They run a little too watery for this recipe.
After gathering the ingredients, pour some maple syrup into a bowl, preferably glass to avoid stains.
Next, take your red food dye and squirt several drops into the bowl. Mix thoroughly. At this point your syrup should be bright red. If still a little too pink, add more red food dye.
Very carefully, add a drop or two of green food die. DO NOT OVERDO IT. Approach this process slowly as the syrup will turn slightly purple with too much green. It’s best to add a drop or two, mix, and then test your colour. If it’s not dark enough, repeat the process.
Using a paper towel, you can easily test the color of your fake blood.
Once satisfied, go ahead and test some on your skin.
If you want a bit of texture, I would suggest adding coffee grounds. For an edible version, add crushed Oreo cookies (not the creamy center).
This is a terrific recipe to have fun with at home. Make bloody pancakes, waffles, or french toast. Pour some over vanilla ice cream for a Halloween party treat. The possibilities are endless!
If you plan to use the fake blood recipe to create a make-up affect, please be aware that the food dye will stain certain items (like clothing, flooring, etc.). This will also temporarily stain your skin.
So why do I know all this? I’m a make-up artist. I’ve been covered in so much fake blood it’s ridiculous. I may as well be Carrie.
I have worked on multiple horror projects and fake blood is a required tool. Usually horror movies are low-budget so cost is always a factor. When you are dumping gallons of fake blood a day, spending $10 on 16oz of pre-mixed, trade-label fake blood just isn’t an option. Maple syrup is cheap and it works.
The drawback to this fake blood recipe is the smell. Some people hate it but I truly don’t mind it. The smell of maple syrup will always remind me of pancakes and an asylum. Strange, I know!
Over a couple of years I filmed two different horror movies on location at one abandoned mental institution in particular. It was Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley in the state of Washington and is specifically famous for being the first mental institution to offer a frontal lobotomy. The place is truly awesome to walk through as it’s still quite intact. Many have reported ghosts and other weird occurrences, but nothing ever happened to me.
My days were filled with sticky, maple blood and frigid rooms. It was tons of fun and the environment only added to it.
Think maple syrup has its limits? Take a look at these applications from one of the asylum movies…
Don’t worry, no one was really hurt!
Try some of your own fake blood and have some fun. If you have any of your own recipes or tips, please add them to the comments. There are so many recipes for fake blood and they’re all worth a try.