Mexican Cascarones a Step by Step Guide
Lets add Hispanic flair to your Easter celebration with cascarones. These colorful confetti-filled eggs are fun to make and even more fun to smash!
Cascarones and Pascua
The beautiful part of making cascarones is that like Easter eggs, the cascarones tradition has elements of both religion and folklore.
The egg represents rebirth and the resurrection, so you can use cascarones to celebrate Pascua and teach your little ones about the religious meaning of this holiday. Plus, you can also enjoy the folklore aspect of the tradition by breaking a confetti-filled egg over your friend’s head.
According to folk wisdom, breaking the egg on your friends head will shower him with good luck and good fortune.
TIP- You can even make a wish before you try to break the egg, and if the egg cracks open on the first try, your wish will come true!
What You Need to Make Cascarones
Making cascarones with your kids or friends is super fun and perfect for celebrating Pascua during Semana Santa.. Here’s what you need to get started:
- Egg dye kit or paint set
- Tissue paper
- Confetti (or colored paper and hole punches)
- Drying rack (empty egg crate works great)
How to Make Cascarones
First: Hollow out your eggs. Simply tap the egg on a hard surface to crack it, and then peel back a tiny piece of the shell to create an opening. I like to use a skewer or toothpick to help make the hole.
Second: Once you have a good opening, pour the raw egg out into a bowl. You can save the raw egg for making some Easter cookies or other treats.
Third: Rinse out the shell thoroughly and place it on your drying rack. Now you’ve got a hollow egg!
If you want to make cascarones with young kids, you’ll probably want to complete all steps involving raw eggs yourself and then let the kids decorate the clean shells.
Fourth: Once your egg shells are dry, it’s time to dye them. You can use any old egg-dyeing kit you might find in the store, but be sure to follow the instructions carefully. There’s always one dye tab that uses water, not vinegar. Return the dyed eggs to the rack and let them dry again.
Fifth: While the eggs are drying make your confetti. You can buy pre-made confetti, but it’s much more fun to let kids make their own confetti using hole punches. I have gotten fancy by using different hole punch shapes like bunnies or stars from a craft store.
Sixth: Once your eggs are dry, you can fill them with confetti using the funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, you can always just use a little cone made out of paper to direct the confetti into the egg.
Seventh: Now dab some glue around the hole and seal it up with a square of colored tissue paper. If you want, you can continue decorating the eggs with markers or paints.
Voilà, you have made your cascarones! You can see how to make cascarones is very simple, and your kids will definitely be excited to search for their cascarones during the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
TIP: Word to the wise: Try to crack the cascarones outside so you don’t have to sweep up the confetti!