The easiest, best fake blood recipe out there uses items you can find in your pantry. The secret is the unique combination of fruit punch and cocoa powder - or cornstarch and food coloring - and the blender method.

Using a blender cuts down on the overall mess, but be warned, since the recipe contains red food coloring, it's easy to make a big mess and it can stain just about anything.

A good test to see how realistic the blood looks (reddish-brown, opaque), is to drip some of it on a white towel or paper towel.

The recipe is edible - so safe to use for your zombie face make-up, too.

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What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup Tropical fruit punch (Hawaiian Fruit Punch® works great)
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered cocoa

Combine all of the ingredients in the blender and mix for 10 seconds. Since different brands of fruit punch vary in color, you’ll need to use your vast experience in making fake blood to tweak the recipe to arrive at your perfect batch of fake blood.

Some fake blood connoisseurs recommend a cup of coffee in place of the fruit punch. You may need to reduce (or eliminate) the amount of chocolate syrup and powdered cocoa used in the recipe. Remember, it’s all about experimentation!

Take the white towel test: drip a few drops of blood onto a white towel to see how realistic it looks. Or better yet, roll up your sleeve and drip a little on your arm if you run into a neighbor!

The best fake blender blood:

  • 16 Ounces of powdered sugar
  • 1 Ounce of red food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 8 Ounces of water
  • Blender
  • Paper towel for cleanup
  • Tablespoon measurer

Add 8 ounces of water to the blender.

Add 16 ounces of powdered sugar to the blender (you can find a 16 ounce box of sugar at the store). Blend it up. You may need to turn the blender on and off a few times to make sure it blends well.

Add 1 ounce of red food coloring (you can also purchase a 1 ounce jar at the store). Blend it up. Make sure it blends well.

Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Blend it up. Make sure it blends well.

Use a spoon to scoop out some of the fake blood. Drip it on a paper towel our your hand.

How does it work?

  • Corn syrup is used to thicken the liquid.
  • Cornstarch is used to make the liquid less transparent.
  • Chocolate syrup and powdered cocoa darken the blood, turning it reddish-brown, and add depth to the color.
  • It may be necessary to add a few drops of green food coloring to change the color ever so slightly to the brown side. Mixing green and red makes brown and a few drops can do the trick.

For more fake blood recipes, visit Steve Spangler's website.

For clean-up, Steve Spangler recommends using OxiClean to wash hands, clothes and faces.

Check out more cool science experiments at Steve Spangler's Facebook Page!

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