The more real something is, the more scary. Ghosts; not really. Serial killers, biohazards, chemical warfare: Hell ya. I'm freaked out just thinking about it.
When I saw Martha Stewart's lollipops recipe, I thought it was a good idea but BORING! I tried to brainstorm more gruesome fillings but the lollipop idea was just as boring as before. Then I started thinking of what’s really scary. Serial killers! I immediately thought of Dexter and his blood slides.
For any of you who aren’t familiar with the show, Dexter is about a serial killer of the same name, who works by day as a forensic analyst for the Miami police department, and by night, cleansing the city of the evil criminals who slip through the cracks of our faulty judicial system. Every serial killer has to keep his mementos and Dexter’s trophy case, consists of a box of slides, each containing one drop of blood from each victim.
For this years gruesome Halloween treat, I decided to create a trophy case of my own. Here’s my recipe and directions for Dexter's blood slide suckers. They're super simple to make and cheap!
Even if you don’t know about the show, blood slides are still gross. You can tell people they are blood samples infected with Ebola! Bio-hazards are super scary!
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Step 1: Ingredients and Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 2 Tbs water
- red food dye
- bamboo skewer or tooth pic
Step 2: Bring Sugar Mixture to a Boil
Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 2 Tbs water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Don’t stir, but occasionally wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water to prevent crystals from forming; boil until mixture turns golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
Step 3: Pour Sugar Out Into Sheets
Line a few baking sheets with Silpat nonstick baking mats or parchment paper.Pour the melted sugar mixture in a line down the center of the pan. Using a skewer or the flat edge of a large knife, spread sugar into a thin flat sheet. Glass slides are pretty thin, so the thinner the better. It will also be easier to cut in the next steps.
Once you have the mixture spread into a flat sheet, let it cool and harden for 5-10 minutes. Once the mixture is hard, pull it away from the mat or parchment. If its super thin, try not to crack it.
Step 4: Cut Sheets Into Slides
Place the blade of a large knife (not necessarily your best) directly into your burner to heat. If you have an electric stove, you can use a lighter. Once the blade is hot, begin to cut your sheets of sugar into strips. Cut edges to be the length of a real slide. Its good to have a glass slide to use as a template.
This step can be a bit annoying. Don’t worry if you break a few, it happens. Reheat the blade for each cut. Between each cut, wash your blade off with water to keep the sugar from burning to your blade. I don’t suggest using your best knife, since this heating and cooling isn’t the best treatment for your chef’s blade. If the edges are really rough, dip your finger and water and smooth them out.
Lay your cut slides on your baking tray and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Step 5: Paint on Blood Splatter
Take slides out of fridge. Using a tooth pic or a bamboo skewer, paint on the blood circle in the center. You don’t need too much. A small droplet off the tip of your tooth pic will be enough. If you put too much on, it will run all over the slide and make a huge mess. Refrigerate again until the dye is dry and you’re done!
Step 6: Serve Suckers
Now how do you eat these beautiful bio-hazards. Its important to protect your fingers from the dangerous objects. I suggest serving these suckers with a pile of latex gloves. It provides an easy way to safely eat these treats as well as up the uncomfortable factor.
You can also serve with tweezers. I took a quick visit to the Science Surplus Store hoping to find a wooden slide box. No luck! So I just got one of the cheesy slide kits which came with a cardboard box to display the slides at an angle. Maybe for next year, I’ll try to find a box on ebay or something.
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