At first glance, you might think these just look like your run of the mill dyed Easter eggs, but these are the key to you being the coolest mom EVER on Easter weekend! This is especially a hit with school aged kids. These eggs, known as cascarones, are filled with confetti or your choice of filling.
I was first introduced to cascarones in middle school during a Cinco De Mayo festival in which the eggs were filled with paper confetti and glitter. I also saw them used at a pre-wedding party over a decade ago in which bird seed was used to fill the eggs. I also made them for a 4th of July party and filled them with star punched paper confetti and glitter. Obviously, they are a universal treat that can be used for many occasions.
Last year, I saw them featured on Oh Happy Day and Rebecca used fruity pebbles to fill the eggs. I knew that they needed to be part of our Easter celebration. What’s not to like about Fruity pebbles and Easter eggs? Now don’t be a hater. There is no possible way that high fructose corn syrup is in Fruity Pebbles. Right? Not my beloved Fruity Pebbles. Don’t worry though, your kids can avoid the HFCS as they won’t be actually eating the Fruity Pebbles.
Gather your supplies:
Eggs, paper piercer, vinegar, food coloring (I prefer bright/neon), tissue paper or newspaper, and all purpose glue.
Next prepare your eggs:
Using a paper piercer (or you can use a pin/needle), poke a tiny hole in the top of the egg. Then on the larger end of the egg, make a bigger hole in which the confetti will be inserted into. Drain the yolk out of the egg. The paper piercer was long enough to allow me to mix the yolk inside so that it drained easier.
After draining the yolk, rinse, and allow the shells to dry. I allowed mine to dry overnight. While they are drying, expect one of your kids to stand there with all of the Easter baskets and ask, “When will they be ready?” She will ask you more than once, so be prepared.
Dye your shells:
I really like bright colored eggs so I dye them in a water/vinegar bath and good old fashioned food coloring. I used the bright and neon versions. I added between 10 and 20 drops of each color to each bowl of dye. I obviously made my own colors too and I started with the neon color and added primary colors to then tone the color down. The key to getting bold, non blotchy colors is not to agitate the eggs for at least 10-15 minutes. The problem is sometime your kids will agitate them after 120 seconds as they are having a heart attack having to wait that long. Also use glass pyrex type bowls or white dishes. Do not use metal.
The guilty agitator caught red handed.
Fill your eggs with confetti or filling of your choice:
Options for fillings include cocoa powder, rice, small cereals, bird seed, or paper confetti. Think paper shapes with the confetti – hearts for valentines, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, stars for 4th of July… Are the wheels turning in those creative minds out there?
Cover the large holes using tissue paper/newspaper and glue:
I had a circle and square punch and allowed the kids to punch them out and glue the tissue paper shapes right on top of the holes.
Then gather your crazy family and find a No Trespassing grassy area that is perfect for Easter Egg Hunt and confetti parties!
Then let them loose and expect some laughs and high pitched squeals!
And after the last confetti egg is cracked, be prepared to hear, “Mom, this is the coolest thing EVER!”
Then 4 hours later when you tell them that they can’t eat the rest of their chocolate rabbits, remember that short window of time earlier in the day when you were cool.
Blessings sweet friends – Jenny
Edited: Someone just emailed me and asked me if it was ok to share this on pinterest (facebook, or twitter). Yes, of course. It is actually a compliment. You can hit the share buttons below to make it easier for you or just copy and paste the links to your favorite social media site. Cascarones have been around for over a century, so don’t miss out any longer! Enjoy.Tweet