Realistic Edible Fake Blood: My Tweaked Recipe

FakeBloodFakeOwYou can buy fake blood, but it usually isn’t edible. For a character cosplay I’ve been working on for conventions, I wanted a sophisticated, dapper, vampire-about-town…walking about with a wine glass filled with his preferred drink of choice. To look good up close, you need something dark red but not fake looking, thick and sticky like it’s just starting to clot, and believably cloudy. And hey, shouldn’t it be delicious?

Starting with three recipes I pulled from online, none of them gave me exactly the effect I was looking for. The chocolate-flavored ones seem to yield the best consistency (and taste), where one drop will hang on to the end of your finger forever, shiny and full of life.

Realistic Edible Fake Blood, Dark

  • Yield: 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1-1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 20 drops red gel food coloring
  • 1 drop blue gel food coloring

Instructions:

  1. In a glass mixing bowl, add the 1/2 cup light corn syrup.
  2. Add the 20 gel drops of red and 1 of blue (do NOT use too much blue). Mix until blended; looking good already!
  3. A little at a time, add in equal amounts of cocoa powder and corn starch. These provide consistency, cloudiness, and flavor. Allow time to mix these in; the longer you stir, the better it looks up close. Watch for clumps and crush them in!
  4. Pour into a sealed container and store in fridge until needed.

Notes: I tried using regular pancake syrup as a base and chocolate syrup instead of powder, but the cloudiness doesn’t look as good. The color is only slightly off in artificial lighting but great in sunlight; that may be due to the brand of food coloring I’m using. I’ll try a few different ones in the future to see if it makes a difference.

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Grounds for a Beef?

According to Gizmodo.com, “an Alabama law firm is presenting a class action lawsuit for false advertising, claiming that what Taco Bell claims is ‘beef’ in their commercials is just [a] processed clustermass of disgust.” Here’s the actual ingredient list on the side of the shipping containers labeled “Taco Meat Filling.”

Beef, water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.

What do you see? A little beef, oats, spices, and the mandatory preservatives. The claim is that only 36% of it is actually “flesh of cattle” while the reads like ingredients for a granola bar. The real complaint is that Taco Bell advertises this as beef, but should they really come clean and put “meat filling” into their ads?

Here’s what I know: it’s tasty! And now I also know the meat is at least half oats, which I’m told is good for me on the breakfast cereal boxes I read. Shouldn’t that be a selling point? The only things that Taco Bell does that ticks me off is refusal to create a Meximelt combo (those things rock but are overpriced) and let Mountain Dew “Baha Blast” onto the market so I can buy it by the 2-liter.