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Dracula's Blood Recipe

What you will make:

Here's a recipe to make fake blood for Halloween. Drip some from the corners of your mouth, and in your best imitation of Dracula, say, "I want your blood."

Here's what you need:
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
  • 2 to 4 drops red food coloring
  • Cornstarch
  • Cocoa powder (optional)
  • Small bowl
  • Plastic spoon for mixing
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Small plastic zipper bag

This recipe is rated VERY EASY to make.

Drips of blood

How to Make Dracula's Blood

Read all of the directions before starting.
  1. Protect your work surface with newspaper and your clothing with an old shirt or apron.
  2. Measure 2 tablespoons of corn syrup into a small bowl. To it, add 1 tablespoon of water and 2 to 4 drops of red food coloring. Stir well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a small plastic bag. Add 2 or 3 pinches of cornstarch to the mixture. Knead the bag to mix. Add more pinches of cornstarch until you get a blood-like consistency. (To get a deeper color of red, use 1 or 2 pinches of cocoa in place of some of the cornstarch.)
Drips of blood

Have fun! Everything in Dracula's Blood is edible—although not very nutritious or tasty. Pretend to be a vampire like Dracula and drip some blood from the corners of your mouth. You can also use Dracula's Blood in plays calling for blood, but keep in mind that the red food coloring can stain clothing. Test it on material like your costume to make sure it will wash out.

Tips:
  • Store the blood in a plastic bag or jar, and label it Dracula's Blood. It may be stored with refrigeration for a limited amount of time. Bring it to room temperature and mix before using again.
  • The chalkiness of the mixture can be reduced by heating it in a small pan, but be careful not to let it boil. Also, use less cornstarch, or your blood may get too thick.

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the recipe.

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Dracula's blood in a glass bowl

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Tip: Add a pinch or two of cocoa powder to make a deeper red.

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