How to Make Edible Fake Blood

Give your friends a fright this Halloween with this easy (and surprisingly delicious) faux blood recipe.

DIY Fake Blood

DIY Fake Blood

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Whether you need fake blood to play a practical joke on a friend or as a truly creepy embellishment for your Halloween costume, skip the overpriced, pre-made stuff. You can make fake, edible blood from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 oz (or more) red food coloring
  • 2 tsp chocolate syrup
  • 4 oz water
  • blender
DIY Fake Blood

DIY Fake Blood

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Make It

First, dissolve the powdered sugar in the water to help eliminate chunks. Add the sugar to the water in small increments, whisking with a fork until smooth. Then, put the sugar water and the rest of the ingredients into a blender. Mix until combined.

DIY Fake Blood

DIY Fake Blood

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Trouble Shooting

If the blood seems too runny, add more powered sugar. Doing so may make it look more pink, so you will have to add a bit more red food coloring and/or choloclate syrup. Alternatively, if it looks too orange, try adding a tad of blue food coloring to the mixture. If you want your fake blood to be more viscous, you can use corn syrup in place of the powered sugar but use about half the amount of water.

DIY Fake Blood

DIY Fake Blood

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

To Apply

Use a paint brush or small dropper to create authentic-looking droplets of "blood."

To Remove Stains

The concentrated food dye can stain. If it stains your skin, rinse or wipe away as much of the food coloring as possible, then soak a clean washcloth with white vinegar and gently rub the cloth over the stained areas of skin. If it gets on your clothes, scrape off as much of the spot as you can, then press a damp white cloth firmly against the stain to transfer dye from the clothing to the cloth. Rinse the cloth, using a new section, continue to dab away the dye. Soak the stained area in a shallow bowl filled with 1 cup cool water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap. After 15 minutes, rinse it under a cold faucet with the stained side down. If the stain dries, combine 1 quart warm water, 1 tablespoon of household ammonia and 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent in a bowl. Submerge the stained area in this solution for 15 minutes then gently rub it from the back to loosen the dye. Rinse very well under warm water with the stained side down. Launder immediately.

DIY Fake Blood

DIY Fake Blood

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

This recipe makes a generous amount and a little goes a long way. Store excess fake blood in a glass jar. Give it a shake before use. 

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