Cascarones, or confetti eggs, are a treat that I have always loved around Easter. When I realized that this wasn’t something that most kids have seen or heard of, I knew I had to spread the word!
Cascarones are eggs that are hollowed out, brightly dyed and stuffed with confetti. The purpose? To smash them over the heads of others and get confetti all in their hair! Or, as my family always seems to be resorting to, throwing at one another like water balloons.
I always loved them, and now, my little nephews love them, too. While they are easy to find around Texas, where I was born, I have had a hard time finding them anywhere else. So if these fun little eggs catch your fancy – give them a whirl. They are very inexpensive and easy to make! You can knock out a dozen (including hollowing the eggs) in about 30 minutes!
What you’ll need: Eggs, spoon, egg dye, paper confetti, scissors, tissue paper and glue (I used Elmer’s).
STEP 1: First things first… you’ll be needing eggs. We’re going to create a hole to empty out the egg, but make sure it is small enough that we can easily cover it back up in the end. I take a small metal spoon and tap the bottom of the egg (like when people crack open their soft boiled eggs). It takes a couple of very light taps before you get a circular shaped crack.
Carefully push your finger in and pull out the broken bits of shell. Empty the contents of your eggs. I like to do one egg into a small bowl, to be sure I don’t have any eggshell, and then transfer to my big bowl of emptied out egg contents. Either save your eggs for later, or scramble them up! :)
STEP 2: Prepare your dye according to the packaging instructions. Rather than using a purchased set, I used disposable plastic cups, about 20-30 drops of food coloring, about a tablespoon of vinegar and water to cover the egg. When placing your egg into the dye, be sure to slowly fill the hole before releasing into the cup or you’ll have dye shooting out onto your counters.
When you have reached the desired shade, take the eggs out and place, hole side down, on paper towels until dry.
STEP 3: Cut out a small piece of tissue paper, large enough to cover up the hole on your egg. Fill the inside until half to three quarters full of paper confetti.* Surround the hole with glue and place your tissue paper over the top, folding and finagling where necessary to make a good, closed up seal. Place your egg back into the carton upside down, so that the tissue paper can dry.
*It is very important to use paper confetti. Using metal confetti or glitter could get into eyes and be a very, very bad deal.
I hope that your week has started out well and continues to be great!