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Vampirism for Vegans! (edible fake blood recipe)

A recipe for edible fake blood that looks so real, it frightened actual medical professionals


Do you love gore?  Do you long for a gory Halloween costume that includes safe, nontoxic fake blood that can also go in your mouth?  Or, do you just want to gross out your friends with a delicious chocolate sauce that just happens to look like real blood?  If your answer to any of those questions is yes, then keep on reading!  I am going to teach you a very realistic looking edible fake blood recipe for costumes, nausea-inducing decor, and to top any delicious dessert for a Halloween Party or a very morbid April Fools joke. *FYI: Some of the following images may be disturbing to some readers.*

So, it drives me totally crazy when I find a recipe that I want to try on a food blog, and I have to scroll down through pages and pages of “blah, blah, blah” and pretty food pictures before actually getting the recipe on the absolute bottom of the page!   This is why I am putting this recipe at the beginning of my post, written as an equation, and I will explain how it works afterwards for those who require further clarification:


The Recipe

2X light corn syrup + 1X cocoa powder + red food coloring

Stir corn syrup & cocoa with a fork or whisk until fully combined.  Add just enough red food coloring to make it look like the included pictures.


The Explanation


That’s it.  Simple right?  Or maybe not?  Okay, here’s how it works:  “X” equals any unit of measurement that you choose.  However much light corn syrup you use, measure out half that amount of cocoa powder.  Let’s say you wanted to make about 2 cups of fake blood.  That means you would want to use 2 cups of light corn syrup and 1 cup of cocoa powder.  If you wanted to make a gallon of blood, you would use 1 gallon of light corn syrup and 8 cups (which is equal to ½ gallon) of cocoa powder.  In other words, there is always twice as much corn syrup than there is cocoa powder.  Here is a cooking measurement converter to help you.

Next is the red food coloring.  Well, I couldn’t find an amount for this particular fake blood recipe so I had to experiment to find out for myself.  Since I only wanted to make about ½ a cup of fake blood, I mixed ½ cup light corn syrup with ¼ cup cocoa powder, then added red food coloring one ¼ teaspoon at a time.  I just kept adding more until the color of the fake blood looked right.  In the end, I wound up using about 2 teaspoons of red food coloring for ½ a cup of blood.  I suggest that you keep testing it out on the inside of your arm until it looks like your arm is bleeding.  Like this:

Now it’s time to use that fake blood!  This is how it looks as special FX makeup:


Looks pretty real, doesn’t it?  It even creeped out my BFF who works as a nurse!  But I assure you that I survived the sauce.  How else am I writing this blog?  Check out some of these eVideos to help out with your costume needs!

Here’s how the blood looks smeared onto some paper for some creepy decor:

It would also look amazing on windows or a mirror as a creepy message, bloody hand prints, or just general blood spatter.  I would be careful using it on any fabric that you are particularly fond of, but definitely go crazy using it on rags or any other stuff that is earmarked forever to be Halloween décor.

Some Stuff You Should Know About this Edible Fake Blood Recipe:

  • It is entirely vegan & gluten free.  So yes, the title of this blog post is technically true!
  • If you have a chocolate allergy or sensitivity, DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE.
  • If you do not use the fake blood right away and sit it off to the side somewhere, the fat from the cocoa powder will coagulate into a thick layer of “skin” on top.  You can just mix it up again, though some chunks might remain.
  • It is absolutely delicious, rich, and chocolatey, so you can totally use it as a sauce for food.
  • It looks amazing for costuming or decoration, but be cautious as red food coloring can leave stains on fabric.
  • The fake blood will dry on your skin if used for make up, but it will still look shiny and wet.
  • Whatever you use it for, it will feel sticky, since corn syrup is basically liquid sugar.
  • Since all of the ingredients are typically stored at room temperature, you can store the fake blood at room temperature.  The main ingredient is corn syrup (sugar), which is an excellent preservative.  BUT, if you hold onto it for any length of time, remember to check it for any signs of spoilage before use.

And finally, a very simple suggestion for using this edible fake blood recipe to make disgustingly delicious food (yeah, I know I put a recipe at the end of the post, but consider it a bonus recipe):

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Roll Intestines with Chocolate Blood Sauce


  • 2 cans of Grands Cinnamon Rolls
  • About 1 cup of Edible Fake Blood


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Unroll the cinnamon rolls.
  3. Line a sided baking sheet with parchment paper or foil to avoid a mess with the chocolate sauce.
  4. Wind the cinnamon rolls onto the baking sheet going back and forth like a coiled up snake.  You can position each unwound roll differently as seen in the above picture, or pinch the ends together to make one continuous length of intestines.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  Keep an eye on these, as they might bake faster unrolled depending on how tightly you wind the rolls together.
  6. When fully baked and cooled down a bit, cover them in as much or as little edible blood as you like.  You may need to use a spoon to spread it out and into the crevices.


Further reading:

Don’t forget to check out the Fangtastically Realistic Vampire Fangs program at select locations at the library this month!

For more disgusting recipes, click here

For books, e-videos, & e-books on special FX makeup, click here.

Click here for books on costuming.

Click here for books on Halloween decor.     


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