On True Blood, vampires are typically draining bottles of Tru Blood more often than actual people.
Whether it’s at Merlotte’s or the newly-revamped (pun intended) Fangtasia, the bottles fly off the shelves — especially after crazy Sanguinistas bombed the factories on True Blood Season 5!
But what exactly is in those elusive red bottles? A lot of sugar.
Looking at a label — since we conveniently had a bottle of O Positive handy — the ingredient list includes carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, and a handful of food coloring! We won’t bore you with the nitty gritty of it all, but there is caffeine to keep you feeling like a vamp all day and night.
However, the human (or faerie) blood that vamps drink on-screen isn’t orange-flavored — it’s straight up corn syrup!
In an HBO Q&A session with fans, Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays the endlessly sassy Pam) claims that it’s “waaaaay toooo sweet! It's corn syrup with food coloring. We try to swallow as little as possible!”
Maybe the life of a vampire isn’t as glamorous as we thought …