Renegade Theater Company Shares Tasty, Fake Blood Recipe Ahead of Halloween

October 11, 2017 08:21 AM

This isn't the first time Renegade Theater Company has used fake blood effects on stage, but they sure have gone through a lot for their latest production, 'Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage.'

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"We did the math...and we think it's about four gallons a night. It's a lot of red stuff," explained director Andy Bennett.

Bennett describes 'Flaming Guns' as a campy, horror-western. It's very funny, but also very violent. 

"Imagine Quentin Tarantino and Neil Simon got together and wrote a play. It's a farce-style comedy," he said.

The crew came up with two blood recipes - one that is edible and can wash out of clothes, and another that adds laundry detergent so they can easily clean the floor and other set pieces. Bennett says the edible recipe tastes like hot fudge!

For the tasty recipe, here's what you need:

  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3/4 tablespoon non-dairy creamer (makes the mixture wash out of clothes)
  • Red/yellow food coloring

Heat is not necessary for the recipe to be edible, but Bennett explains boiling helps thicken the mixture.   

First, add the corn syrup and chocolate syrup to a pot on heat and stir. Combine the corn starch and cold water in a separate bowl and stir until the liquid looks a bit like skim milk. Add the corn starch liquid to the pot. Next, combine the hot water and non-dairy creamer into a bowl and stir until it also looks a bit like skim milk, then add the liquid to the mixture in the pot. All that is left is the food coloring! 

Bennett says he likes to eye-ball the coloring. The red food coloring is the main color component, but add a few drops of yellow to make the red less cherry-like and more blood-like.

Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, but make sure to kill the heat once it reaches boiling. Bennett says the longer you cook the mixture, the thicker the mixture will be. The "blood" is then ready to eat and as GMN anchor Maarja Anderson found out, it is delicious on ice cream and truly does taste like hot fudge!

Try the recipe at home this Halloween or you can see the fake blood on stage at Teatro Zuccone! 'Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage' runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00pm through October 21. You can find more information, here


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