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No-Cook Edible Fake Blood for mouth wounds, etc.

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Fake blood can be a real challenge---too red, too clear, too...fake. But this recipe is thick, you don't have to cook, is totally safe to eat and not too many ingredients -- unfortunately they probably won't be found right in your cupboard unless you live w/ grandma. So sometimes its easier to buy fake blood capsules and be done but if that's not feasible cuz it's 3am or you live in a small town, go to the grocery store and make this.

Credits: This recipe is inspired by horror- sci-fi Troma film director, Lloyd Kaufman's recipe in his book "Make Your Own Damn Movie." Unfortunately his didn't do it for me so, thanks Lloyd, I had to Make My Own Damn Fake Blood recipe too.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need:

Food Coloring : Red and Blue
LIGHT Karo (or other brand) corn syrup
flour
mixing bowl
*optional measuring cup and spoons

Step 2: Coloring

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I started with 20mL of corn syrup because the red food coloring does NOT go far. I don't need tons, I just need it for some knocked out teeth in an upcoming short. This guide is therefor based on 20mL (less than 1/8cup) of corn syrup.

You will need to drop in 50, yes fifty, drops of red. It takes a lot to lose the clear brightness of the food coloring. The blue is the special ingredient (thanks Lloyd). But be careful. Use only 1 or 2 drops of blue. It turns burgundy-blueberry pie filling looking quick and then you have to start over. So:

1 or 2 drops of Blue per 50 drops of Red.

Step 3: Adding Flour

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The flour will really help the blood lose its transparency. Add it slow because it gums up and you'll have to add more corn syrup and food coloring if you add too much.

I started with 1/2 tsp of flour, mixed it in and sprinkled more in until it was no longer clear but still syrupy.

Step 4: Mix and Go!

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Mix it up and pour it into an airtight container and its ready to take on location!
DustySeven72 years ago
You know if you add flavoring it would taste so bad. Like say you were to use this as a drink for a vampire or such
Lennon642 years ago
Add caffeine powder and then you'll get a rush from drinking it :D
Just a suggestion, but to get the blood darker without having to use a boat-load of red dye, try adding a little bit of chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce. It adds some darkness to the mixture AND improves the flavour! (Provided you like chocolate, that is.)
i havent yet tried using this, and i was just wondering would it be cheaper for me to buy all the ingrediants to make this or just buy the blood capsules?? and if i did choose to make this, would any of the ingrediants irritate my eczema??
Rmg125 years ago
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quiregrrl Rmg122 years ago
I've used maple syrup and it worked really well, the darkness of it actually helps with getting the "blood" colour right.
its not, there two different things

they dont sell corn syrup here in the uk, but you can use liquid glucise as a substitute
rustyjack3 years ago
HA can you use maple syrup as an alternative just for taste wise?
Oh great, we have all the ingredients, I guess my mom is actually my grandmother.
I did this years ago and it was good, but sticky. And I HATE sticky. I'm almost positive it was the same recipe too, but maybe I'm wrong and this isn't as sticky.
corn syrup is sitcky
Uuuuuhhh Yeah... so is blood
Do I here the strains of Duelling Banjos in the background?

Shifrin Kiteman6 years ago
No, Because it is not found.... : )
leeboy094 years ago
crap im on my phone on this on my way to a and e because of this
spaghetti-o4 years ago
hey with the flour what type of flour is it
copycatfilms (author)  spaghetti-o4 years ago
Yeay it's that time of year again! "White" is the best answer I can give you. We just had cheapo flour & a fancy container for it. I'm sure any kind of basic flour or corn flour would work to thicken the blood. Good Luck!
jenller4 years ago
very cool, very easy!! Thanks!!
cheesefetty5 years ago
i did it to my mom and it kinda got outahand beacause she called 9-1-1
Kidiu5 years ago
Oh, dude, I'm totally gonna pull a prank at school.
skater78325 years ago
just saying, red food coloring will stain clothes and skin and for skin it takes a while to get off. u cant get it off of clothes.
If memory serves, a small amount of dishsoap will remedy this. It will also, however, ruin the edibility. Unless you're into that kinda thing.
mg0930mg5 years ago
I have a bowl. :D Just need the other stuff. Hahaha. XD
great recipe! i luv it. ~do u use pampered chef? lolz, my mom sells it, i would know.
copycatfilms (author)  a.nony.mouse6 years ago
HA! yes! My mom used to sell it so I have a lot of her leftover stock and she still supports friends who sell it, so I put in an order ever once in a while. Gotta love the slanted measuring cups, the quick-stir pitcher and the non-aerosol cooking sprayer!
MI66 years ago
Oldest trick in the book... mix red food colouring with milk/chocolate milk , a little grren food coloring and some corn starch
edible.....but does it taste good?
hello it uses corn syrup! of course it does!
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Good tutorial. If you want to stretch your recipe out a bit, chocolate syrup is usually a good additive to darken the blood.
shien6 years ago
thats awesome!
badrang47 years ago
awsome!
Kiteman7 years ago
This would make a great filling for chocolates!

Idle thoughts:

  • Would a little water in the mix make it more fluid, suitable for other wounds?
  • If people have trouble getting the colour right (they keep adding too much blue), then making a much larger batch will actually make life easier - one drop will have less effect on the shade.
  • Now you need an Instructable on making/filling capsules that can be bitten on cue.
Kiteman Kiteman7 years ago
Oh, and an Instructable entitled "How to make a short film" would be good to see as well.
copycatfilms (author) 7 years ago
Thanks for the comments. Yes it's sticky - which is why I wouldn't want to use it for anything other than vampire mouth -though Kaufman claims he uses it for all of his Troma blood. Those interested should experiment with flour and cornstarch for thickness and try other substances like tomato products with food colorings and let us know. Every gore movie or blood sucking creature costume should have a variety of bloods to choose from!
sardines4547 years ago
very nice job, works great!