A cascarón (plural cascarones, without accent mark; from Spanish cascarón, "eggshell," the augmentative form of cáscara, "shell") is a hollowed-out chicken egg filled with confetti or small toys.
Cascarones were always a big part of our Easter traditions growing up. Upon doing research for this post, I learned that the act of breaking a confetti egg over someone’s head is supposed to bring good luck, who knew? They are mainly used during Easter, but also for other festive events like Halloween, weddings, and parties.
I don't remember ever making them, but whenever we were in San Antonio we always picked up a carton or 2. They are super simple to make though. So here you go.
Just cut the top of the egg carefully making a small opening.
Pour out the egg. Maybe it’s best to wait until you are about to scramble up some breakfast so not to be wasteful.
Clean the shell out really well with warm soapy water and rinse. If you are a germophobe like me then clean them out a couple of times :)
Decorate eggs as desired. You can dye them the way you would normally for hardboiled eggs with a little vinegar and food coloring, you could color them with markers or sharpies like the ones pictured, or dip them in glue and roll them around in glitter. The options are endless!
Fill the egg with confetti, glitter, wrapped candy, money, or a small toy.
Once the egg is filled put a small amount of glue around the rim and cover glue and opening with tissue paper the color of your choice.
That’s it! It’s so simple and a fun way to bond with your kids or BFFs.
And for your enjoyment, here are a couple of old images of me getting egged…
It’s funny because normally we knew the cascarones were coming so we basically just chased each other around and smashed them on our heads. I think it would be better and maybe slightly less awkward to surprise attack to get the best reaction. Just be ready to clean up the mess. I also don’t recommend you smashing an egg with small toys or candy over someone’s head. You know, play nice!
Easter Egg Hunt
Another Easter tradition that I loved growing up aside from this one was the money egg hunts. You know the parents hid plastic eggs around the house or backyard. Some of the harder to find eggs had $5s, $10s, or $20s in them. Other easier to find eggs had candy. Now that I am a grown up I don’t get to play that game anymore. Maybe Randall and I should have a kid or 2 so we can share these traditions with them ;)
What are y’alls favorite Easter traditions? Please share in the comments! We hope everyone has a Happy Easter!
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