Bloodworks 101

"The Blood is Fake, the Stress is Real" (S2 E3)

October 29, 2021 Bloodworks Northwest Season 2 Episode 3
Bloodworks 101
"The Blood is Fake, the Stress is Real" (S2 E3)
Show Notes

Unless you're donating blood, it's generally supposed to be in your body. When it's not, something is often wrong. Blood, even the fake stuff you see everywhere around Halloween, evokes a primal reaction.

In this episode of Bloodworks 101, we talk to Cara Elise of Georgetown Morgue, Jolene Obertin of Seattle Reparatory Theater, and Nathan Page of UWild about how fake blood can create real emotion.

But wait, there's more! Jolene shares a few spooky recipes to craft your own fake blood.

Option 1: This will wash out of a lot of things (but probably not everything)

  • 1 bottle corn syrup
  • 250 ml chocolate syrup
  • 1 C water
  • 1T (heaping) corn starch
  • 1 1/2T (heaping) Coffee Mate
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • red food coloring to make it look natural

Heat the corn syrup and chocolate syrup in a pot, Dissolve the corn starch in water and mix into the syrup.

Add Coffee Mate ( this will be a bit lumpy-it goes away eventually) and food coloring.

If you want it extra thick , triple the amount of dry goods.

Option 2: This will stain fabrics and skin 

  • 1 (6 oz) box raspberry gelatin
  • 1 (6 oz) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1/4 c (heaping) cocoa
  • 6 drops blue food coloring 
  • 1 (2 oz) bottle of red food coloring

Mix cocoa in about 2/3c of very hot water, cool

Add gelatin and food coloring

Add cold water until you get the consistency you want

Option 3: Old timey movie blood

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup  & red food coloring