Halloween is just around the corner and making a batch of edible blood is a great way to spend the day in your kitchen with the kids. If you’re gearing up for Halloween and are in need of some fake blood, there is no reason to go out and pay a lot of money for this kinda thing. You most likely have everything you need at home to whip up a batch of blood.
This activity is nice on a couple of levels. First, there is really no fixed recipe for fake blood. I’ll list a few basic ingredients as starting point below, but do a Google search and you will be hit up with a variety of ways to create a batch of blood. Some of these are edible some are not.
Nearly every fake blood recipe I’ve seen shares the same basic ingredients, a red colored liquid, something sticky and something to make the liquid opaque. The unspoken idea in all of them is that you can/should tweak amounts and ingredients to find what works best for you. This idea of trying things until you get it right hits right at the heart of how to conduct an experiment. Just try to only change one thing at at time!
The other nice thing about making fake blood is that it’s a great way to get kids (and adults!) involved in actually creating something in the home kitchen. You may think this is a stretch, but considering the obesity epidemic we are facing as a nation, perhaps this is one fun way to get you (and the kids) into your kitchen to experience the fun of cooking. So hop off the couch and mix up some blood and have fun doing it.
As a basic starting point you will need some or most of the following items.
I’d suggest starting with a red liquid. If it’s not quite red enough you can add a few drops of red food coloring. Then try adding the corn syrup to thicken it up a bit. Depending on your color you may need to add some Coco powder or chocolate syrup. It just depends on how things look. Remember that real blood is not bright red, but has a tinge of brown that the coco powder can bring out.
If you are just starting out I’d suggest creating a small batch to start with so you can master the mix ratios. Just keep in mind that the corn syrup will add a degree of stickiness, the corn starch will make the liquid opaque, and the coco powder/chocolate syrup will add some darkness to the blood.
The green food coloring is very powerful. If you add some, be very cautious, it goes a long way. Basically, red coloring plus green will give you a brown liquid but don’t go overboard.
The important thing is to try things and see out it turns out. In other words, just experiment to see what works the best, and of course have fun.
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