Introduction: Nosebleed Nougat

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This is a simple nougat-style candy flavored to transform it into a muggle version of Nosebleed Nougat from Harry Potter fame.  In its magic fictional form, this candy is double-sided with the red side intended to cause nosebleeds and the other side halting them.  In this version, the red side delivers a blood-inspired flavor rather than a bloody nose.  It starts out tart and gets salty while delivering a hint of umami.  Opposite the red side is a nice vanilla banana flavor that's a pleasant counterpoint to the sensations created by the red.

Stock your very own Skiving Snackbox using these, some delightfully nauseating Puking Pastilles, and heat-inducing Fever Fudge.

Step 1: Supplies

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1 jar marshmallow creme (7oz.)
powdered sugar
1 teas soy sauce (balsalmic vinegar makes a nice substitution here)
1 package unsweetened strawberry flavored drink mix (Kool-Aid or similar)
1 teas salt
red gel, paste, or powdered food coloring (optional)
1/2 teas vanilla extract
1`/2 teas banana extract
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (variety of nuts is up to you)
Oil (spray preferred)

Step 2: Preparations

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In a small bowl, mix soy sauce (or vinegar), drink mix, and salt. Set aside.

Line a cookie sheet or cutting board with foil, lightly coat the foil with oil, and set aside. Lightly oil the bowls and two working spoons (spoons are less sticky this way).

Divide the marshmallow creme into two medium microwave safe bowls.

Step 3: The White Side

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Heat one half of the marshmallow in the microwave, about 20 seconds, to loosen it up.  Add the vanilla and banana extract to the heated marshmallow and stir to combine using an oiled spoon.

Add 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the marshmallow mix.  Stir to combine.  You'll need to use your hands to work it in well.  Grease your hands with a light coat of oil so it sticks to them less.  So if it won't mix further and looks like there is far too much powdered sugar, it's time to use your hands.  UKneed in all of the powdered sugar.  The desired consistency is like Play-doh (for those who aren't familiar with it, it's a play clay--not modeling clay).  It should come together and should be lose most of its stickiness.  Add more powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

Add 2 Tbsp nuts and use your hands to mix it in evenly.

Step 4: The Red Side

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Add the soy sauce mixture to the other half of the heated marshmallow and stir to combine using the second oiled spoon. Stir to combine. It should be colored red. If the color is not dark enough, add food color to deepen the shade.

Add 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the marshmallow mix. Stir to combine. Grease you hands to work the powdered sugar into the marshmallow.  Continue to kneed until it is well mixed and the same consistency as the first half of the candy dough.

Add 2 Tbsp nuts and kneed to mix in.

Step 5: Finishing

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Using oiled hands, form the white dough into one, two, or three logs, depending on the size candy you'd like.  I made a 24" long log here.  Repeat using the red dough to make the same number and size logs.

Press these logs down until they are about 1/2" high.  Using a little bit of water and either a paint brush or your fingertip, brush one side of the white dough with a very light coat of water.  The goal is to make it sticky again, not slimy.  With clean, dry hands, maneuver one of the logs into place next to the other so the wet side of the white dough is touching red dough.  Press these logs together from the side toward the center.  Then press down the tops of the logs to make them even and make sure they are firmly stuck.

It's easiest to cut them and/or shape the pieces right away.  You can cut them into strips, even roll them into two-sided logs.  However, I cut mine into diamonds.  When I was done cutting diagonally both ways to create the diamonds, I stuck the leftover triangles together by dampening one of the edges to be joined.

Allow to harden over night.  Flip the pieces over onto a new piece of foil, waxed paper, or parchment paper.  These can harden another day or two, or as long as you'd like to get the texture you desire before putting them into a closed container.  You can wrap the pieces in waxed paper squares if you'd like.


jcoop (author)2011-03-06

Thank you for doing these candies. I plan on having kids over on the break and we are doing a Harry Potter cooking day. Everyone is very excited including me! Keep up the great instructables!

starshipminivan (author)jcoop2011-03-06

Thank you!
I am doing Fainting Fancies this week to complete the quartet for Skiving Snackboxes.

HopeBs93 (author)2017-05-12

How long can these be kept? if I keep them in the fridge will they last longer?

maximusprime110 (author)2016-02-25

Um im having a bit of trouble. I've followed the directions as closely as i could, but my red side is somewhat runny and spreads every time i attempt to put it on the foil.

Try adding more powdered sugar. Add as much as you need to get the consistency correct.

redstonemechanic71 (author)2015-08-03

can you substitute the marshmallow creme for anything?

BubblesGirl915 (author)2014-12-27

The don't give you nosebleed... Right?

AmazingSnape1 (author)2014-12-27

I have an odd fact: Ron Weasleys patronus charm is a jack Russell terrier which has been known to chase otters, incedently, Hermione grangers patronus charm is an otter! LOL

Xenobia (author)2011-05-28

What you could do is add wasabi for a short nose-rush feeling that would feel similar to a nosebleed but only last a couple of seconds.

BubblesGirl915 (author)Xenobia2014-12-27

Howd you come up with that?

Tiktaky (author)2012-07-05

I suffer anemia, and have to drink liquid Iron supplements daily, I can't stand them by themselves, and they ruin any juice you mix them with.

So I used this recipe, but substituted the Soy sauce for the iron supplement. It really tastes like blood, and the saltyness really makes it palatable, and the banana/vanilla is strong enough to remove the taste.

I'd actually be included to add iron to this recipe when making it for fun, It would be a real surprise to anyone game enough to try it.

LadySnape (author)Tiktaky2014-08-30

I should do this with my iron supplements! Maybe I'd actually take them...

Laserkiller (author)2014-06-11

do these actually nose bleed?

thehbird (author)2014-01-20

I am creating skiving snack boxes this will be perfect but smaller

indyjoe (author)2012-05-31

that is cool.

scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-08

Love that you invoked umami.
I think you have a viable business on your hands here.

Hehe, no food business for me. It's just nice to play around in the kitchen sometimes.

triton37 (author)2011-05-30

A simular recipe can be used for these.

Mongpoovian (author)2011-03-11

These are awesome! I think this is my favorite of your skiving snackboxes by far.

mogombotps (author)2011-03-08

These sound oddly appealing and fun to try if you're brave enough. Kind of like the Jones Soda holiday packs.

I've had their green bean casserole flavor. It was fun to try but, wow, it was weird! The fainting fancies I just posted actually make use of an entirely savory flavor--no sweetness at all in one half.

thepelton (author)2011-03-08

All I was suggesting is Ipecac, which is small potatoes compared to warfarin.

Bartboy (author)2011-03-05

You should make something from the snackboxes using laxatives, so it actually works.
Same with the puking pastills, you should use vomit-inducing drugs and antinauseants :)

starshipminivan (author)Bartboy2011-03-05

You are not the first to suggest it. I concocted these without medications in them because they are for a very general audience, including children. With kids it's fun to gross them out, not make them sick. I felt that they should be fun to present with some unusual flavors inspired by the idea of the original. These candies are a very basic concept that people are likely to expand upon in their own ways.

aliampolizzi (author)2011-03-05

None of your harry potter magic recopies really do what they are intended right?

Correct. They aren't "special effect," more like "taste effect." One side has a really unusual taste inspired by the effect the fictional candies are supposed to produce. The other has a more conventional flavor. In these it's a really tart, salty flavor.

You can put warfarin in the red to start the bleeding, and some phylloquinone to stop it. But, I wouldn't recommend it, unless if you like eating rat poison.

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