Monday, March 13, 2017

How to Make Cascarones (Confetti Eggs)

We were introduced to Cascarones the first Easter we lived on the Mexican border. When a friend bought over an entire flat of eggs for the kids to play with, I couldn't quite figure out what they were for. We always dyed eggs for Easter but these were already dyed. When she showed my daughter how to smash her first confetti egg, I have never seen a kid so happy. Who doesn't want to smash confetti on someone's head? 

In South Texas, you could buy Cascarones every where. When we moved back to Utah, not willing to give up our favorite tradition, I learned to make them myself. If I had known they were this easy I would have made them myself all along! 

You will need: 
  • eggs
  • a skewer 
  • food coloring
  • vinegar 
  • confetti 
  • tissue paper
  • white glue 

To empty your eggs, gently hit the bottom of the egg on a hard surface. You want the egg to just barely crack. Take your skewer and slide it into the egg through the crack, widening the crack as you go to leave a hole in the bottom. Dump the contents into a bowl. Rinse the egg really well and set aside to dry. Repeat for the entire carton. 

Once you have all of your eggs cleaned out and washed, you are ready to dye them. Fill each cup with a half a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring. This will ensure a deep and vibrant color on the eggs. Hollow eggs are a little tricky to dye since they don't sink. When you put your egg in the dye make sure the entire egg is filled with the dye and then it will stay down in the water. Leave the eggs in the dye for about 2 minutes each and then set them to dry.

Once the eggs are completely dry you are ready to fill them with confetti. You can buy bags of confetti on Amazon, or you can make your own. For circle confetti use a three hole punch and colorful paper. For faster DIY confetti use a cross cut paper shredder and colorful paper. Fill each egg full of paper. You can use a funnel, but I just use my hands and it works great.

Cut small squares of tissue paper the same color as your egg. You want the squares just big enough to cover the hole in the egg. Put a line of glue around the opening in the egg, then put the tissue paper over the glue and press down. I find cupping the egg in my hand, tissue paper down helps secure it the best. Let the glue dry and then you are ready for a party! 

Take the kids outside and let them take turns cracking the eggs on each other's heads. I promise you it will soon become one of their favorite Easter traditions. Our kids could take or leave the egg hunt, but Cascarones are a must! 

What fun Easter Traditions do you have?

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