How is it that we are merely 10 days away from Halloween and I have yet to watch my favorite Halloween movie this year?! Hocus Pocus will never get old. I normally watch it at least twice before Halloween, so I’m really slackin.
One of my friends (who understands my undying love for this movie) emailed me this from BuzzFeed the other day. Honestly, they do bring up some really good points…but that still doesn’t change my feelings. Thackery Binx is still cute (and McGee is still my favorite on NCIS).
While Lance and I were hiking this weekend I confessed my desire to travel to Salem, Massachusetts. He was a little confused by this, so I took the liberty to explain. I said it had to be in October so we could go around Halloween. He was still not understanding where I was going with this so I answered his “why?” by blurting out “like in Hocus Pocus”. Despite the fact that he basically laughed at me, I know my dream is not dead. I will someday go to Salem.
I thought it might be fun to make an edible version of fake blood for Halloween – you know, so you can pour it all over the fun little treats you make in the kitchen or use it for your costume. Or scare the crap out of your husband when he thinks you just cut your hand, when actually you spilled fake blood on it…not saying that actually happened… Or you can use it to make your Halloween drinks a little spookier, like I did with these Devils Food Cake Martinis!
This stuff is lots of fun and frighteningly easy to make. I bet you probably have everything you need to make it in your kitchen right now! Plus it’s perfectly safe to eat.
There were a couple ingredients that I found to be crucial in this edible fake blood making escapade. First, you want to use a good quality red food coloring – my absolute favorite red for anything is this Americolor Super Red Gel Color. Trust me, this red will change your life. With just a few drops you get lots of red color and no inky taste.
Now in order to get a realistic looking blood color, you don’t just want to use red color and corn syrup, it will give you an obnoxiously fake looking red color – I added in some cocoa powder to add depth (and a slight chocolatey flavor) and some corn starch to make it a little cloudy and not so clear. Sure it’s a little morbid, but after all it is Halloween!
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 2-3 drops red gel color
- 1½ Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1½ Tbsp corn starch
- In a small bowl combine corn syrup, red coloring, cocoa powder and corn starch. Stir together until all ingredients are well mixed, adjusting the color with more red color or cocoa powder as needed. If desired, add more cornstarch to create a thicker consistency.