Edible Fruit Scabs

Edible Fruit scabs - arm scab with goo

Like a lot of kids, mine love the idea of dressing up for Halloween. After brain-storming lots of ideas, they announced that they wanted to have zombie skin that they could pull off and eat, announcing that this would gross people out - they were not wrong! This tutorial, believe it or not, is super easy and healthy, despite how it may look!

We simply adapted our recipe for Fruit Leather. We cooked up apple puree; using 1 large cooking apple, an apple and plum puree; using 1 apple and a couple of plums (we lightly blitzed this one). We then split the plain apple puree into 3, leaving one plain, colouring one yellow, and one green with food colour gels. The apple and plum puree got split in half, and we added a few blackberries to one half and mashed it up a little.

Edible Fruit Scabs - you will need

Edible Fruit Scabs - different colour purees

We lined a baking tray with cling film, and dolloped our purees out on to it, into what we imagine zombie scabs would look like. As the scabs dry out they will shrink back so bear that in mind when you spoon the puree out.

Edible FruitScabs spoon onto cling film

Edible Fruit Scabs - dried and ready to use

We then popped our scabs into the bottom of the aga to dry out. If using an oven, set it on the lowest possible setting, you are aiming to dry them out not cook them! You can also leave your tray in a warm place to dry out naturally. In the aga the scabs took about 2 hours to dry out. We are absolutely delighted by how revolting our finished scabs look!

Edible Fruit Scabs - close up 4

Edible Fruit Scabs - close up 3

Edible Fruit Scabs - close up 2

Edible Fruit Scabs - close up 1

To compliment our scabs, we decided we needed some blood and pus to dress them with. We mixed golden syrup with a little water, added yellow and green food colouring to one, and red food colouring with a little coca powder to the other, and gave them both a good stir.

Edible Fruit Scabs - making edible blood and pus

Edible Fruit Scabs - our fake blood and pus

Fruit leather is naturally quite tacky to touch, so it did seem to sit on the skin quite happily. We wanted to make sure our scabs stayed in place, so we used edible glue to hold ours - which stuck them down really well. We'd love to hear what you think of our scabs - are they revolting enough? Let us know what ideas you have for Halloween.

PS They kids did eat their scabs, but the photos were deemed to disgusting by mummy to publish!

Edible Fruit Scabs - arm wound

Edible Fruit Scabs - applying to arm

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  • Reply Hannah

    I can’t get over how realistic these scabs look. My two year old would love them, my four year old would be scared to bits.

    April 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I trained as a District Nurse, so I have seen plenty of wounds lol – I did worry that these were too realistic, but the kids loved them :)

      April 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm
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