Easter is my second favorite holiday and one that my kids always look forward to each year. We have our yearly tradition that includes dressing up, going to church, an Easter egg hunt and family dinner. We also like to decorate eggs and hide them around the house to encourage some friendly competition. Instead of hiding traditional Easter eggs, I’m doing something different this year and I have a feeling the kids won’t mind. You’re probably wondering what could possibly be better than Easter eggs. Well let me introduce you to Cascarones – pronounced kas-kuh-ro-nays.
Cascarones are decorated eggshells that are typically filled with confetti. A cascarón, the singular form of cascarones, originates from the word cáscara which means shell in Spanish. It is said that cascarones first originated in Asia where the eggs were filled with perfumed powder. The tradition was brought to Mexico during the 1800s where eggs are filled with confetti and used during the time of Carnaval along with other festivities.
Cascarones are traditionally filled with confetti, but you can also use glitter, dyed rice or cereal. Having a cascarón broken over your head is a sign of good luck or admiration from the person breaking the egg. Although I’m pretty sure my kids will have other motives when breaking their eggs. 😉
How to Make Cascarones for Easter
6 Eggs (or as many as you need)
Clear glue or Mod Podge
1 cup of Fruity PEBBLES™ cereal
- 6 Eggs (or as many as you need)
- Food coloring
- Clear glue or Mod Podge
- Tissue paper
- 1 cup of Fruity PEBBLES™ cereal
- Use a needle to poke a small hole on the top of the egg. Poke a second, but larger, hole on the bottom of the egg.
- Blow air through the small hole to force the yolk out.
- Rinse out the eggshells and allow them to dry.
- Boil 1/2 cup of water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Pour water into a small bowl and add 8-10 drops of food coloring. Do this for each color.
- Use a wire whisk to dip the egg into the dye for at least 5 minutes. Remove the egg and allow it to dry.
- Use a paper funnel or small spoon to fill the eggshell with Fruity PEBBLES™ cereal.
- Glue a small round piece of tissue paper to seal the larger hole.
- You can also decorate the eggs with stickers, glitter or other embellishments. We chose to dip ours in cereal.