Cascarones: My Favorite Easter Tradition

Posted April 5th, 2012 by Aimee in Living

Finished Cascarones

I learned about cascarones — confetti-filled eggs — the first Easter I spent with my then-boyfriend-now-husband, Abel. We were walking down the street in San Antonio, TX, and suddenly Abel’s father was cracking an egg over the head of Abel’s mother. Pretty soon we were all in on the fun. I often joke that learning about cascarones made marrying into a crazy Mexican family worth it. And, although I’ll admit to you that there are lots of other great things about my husband’s heritage, cascarones are definitely my favorite!

To have enough cascarones by Easter, I start saving egg shells on Ash Wednesday. I like to have a lot of cascarones so we end up eating a lot of eggs during Lent! I just carefully crack the eggs open from the smaller top part of the egg then rinse them out (you can use soapy water if you worry about salmonella) and put them back in the carton to dry and stay safe.

Just before Easter dye your eggs like normal, let them dry upside down on newspaper then fill with confetti. I’ve heard rumors of people filling a few eggs with flour as a trick, but that sounds like no fun to the person who’d later have to wash those clothes and clean up tracked-in flour on the floors!

After the eggs are stuffed with confetti, just glue a small piece of tissue paper over the hole.

Then make sure you do a sneak-attack on your kids to get the fun started!!

You can read more about Aimee’s crazy boys at Smiling Mama. She also writes about family-friendly activities in Prince George’s County, MD at Out by Ten.

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5 Responses to “Cascarones: My Favorite Easter Tradition”

  1. Elaine

    I had never heard of these before – but today, I have seen them mentioned twice and instructions to make them were in a magazine my son received a few days ago. I better start eating eggs! I have only a few days to get some made!

    • aimee @ smilingmama

      Elaine, I was thinking that next year I’ll have to write this post a month or two in advance! Quick: make a quiche or egg strata or something! It’s a lot of fun!

      • Elaine

        We had 5 cascarones – which my kids used to wake my husband and I up on Easter. Only downside was I ended up with a piece of confetti in my ear – which I was able to remove after my kids got to use a flashlight to gawk at it for a while. Next year, we’re going to make a bundle of these!

  2. Helen

    Yes! My Mexican-American brother-in-law introduced my Irish family to this very fun tradition. Awesome!

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