How to Make Fake Blood Without Corn Syrup and Food Coloring

Updated February 21, 2017

A Halloween party is just not complete without a few drips of fake blood. Commercially made fake blood products are readily available at Halloween speciality stores and many party stores, but it is cheaper to make it at home. A common recipe consists primarily of corn syrup and food colouring, but it leaves a sticky residue behind. Other common ingredients can be used to make a fake blood that looks, thickens and congeals like the real thing.

Prepare a packet of country gravy mix in a saucepan according to the directions on the package. This generally consists of combining the gravy mix with water and heating it on the stove for approximately five minutes. Remove the gravy from the heat once it has thickened but is still slightly runny.

Sprinkle powdered fruit-punch mix into the gravy and stir it in until it has a uniform bright red colour.

Sprinkle powdered coffee into the mix and stir it in until it reaches the desired colour. You should need less coffee than powdered drink mix to achieve the best colour. The fake blood is now ready to use.


Chocolate syrup may be used in place of the powdered coffee, but it may be more difficult to mix in.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Country gravy mix
  • Water
  • Powdered fruit punch drink mix
  • Powdered coffee
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Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.