Edible Blood

Edible BloodBlood. A Halloween staple. If you take Samhain seriously, there is bound to be a bit of the stuff laying around the house. Most of the ghouls you encounter love the stuff.  Look at the Halloween heavyweight – Vampires. They treat this stuff like wine. Some prefer an aged vintage with a bit of a smokey flavor and go for old hikers and campers. Others prefer a more simple fruit undertone and go for the orange farmers. Yet still others prefer a very pure vintage and would rather have their blood grown on the finest wheat grass, putting one more vegan out to pasture.

To really party like a Halloween rockstar, you’re going to have to come up with some convincing blood-like substances for your party. If this blood-like substance is going to be around food, well, it’s going to have to be edible because poisoning your guests might sound like a great idea in the short run but if you examine it from the angle of next years guest list it has some disadvantages.

After a lot of experimenting in the kitchen and cross referencing realism with the my victims..er… volunteers, I came up with a concoction that is a tad thicker than blood, but that just makes it perfect to use for decorating gross Halloween foods. You’re better off with the fake blood sticking to the food you put it on so it looks more gory. Nothing worse than blood that doesn’t stay where you want it. Then you just need a lot of bleach.

1 cup light corn syrup
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
1/4 cup water
Put red food coloring into the corn syrup and stir until enough coloring has been added that the corn syrup resembles blood. The amount will vary depending on the type of food coloring you are using. Add a drop of blue at a time to give the blood a bit of an authentic tint. Stir in the water to thin the mixture out. Add more water if you prefer your blood really runny.