How to Make Cascarones

Cascarones, filled and covered with tissue

Cascarones are hollowed eggs typically filled with flour or confetti and are thrown or broken over the recipient’s head, which is said to bring good luck. Cascarones are similar to Easter eggs and are a very popular tradition in Mexico, but also in most Latin American countries.

The name comes from the Spanish word, cáscara, which means eggshell. They are made for many different celebratory events such as weddings, birthdays, Halloween (Day of the Dead), Cinco de Mayo, and Grito de Dolores (Mexican Independence Day). Cascarones are also popular in latin communities in the United States and are usually made at Easter time.

This is a favourite Easter tradition in my home. My kids love to dye eggs, but no one ever wanted to eat the hard boiled eggs after (how can you compete with an available abundance of chocolate?) With cascarones you can save the inside eggs to make omelets or scrambled eggs and everyone loves the added bonus of chasing each other and breaking the eggs!

How to Make Cascarones

Materials
Eggs
A pin or sharp knife
For decorating: egg or food dyes, sequins or glitter
For filling: flour, confetti, small toys
Tissue paper, cut into small squares
Glue

Instructions
Cascarones are made by making a hole in the top of the egg with a pin or sharp knife and emptying out the egg. Clean the egg and let it dry. Now your hollow eggs are ready to decorate with colour dyes, glitter or sequins. Next fill your eggs with flour, confetti or small toys. We prefer flour or confetti because it’s messier! Use a small square of tissue paper and glue to cover the hole. Let the glue dry and then you are ready to start breaking eggs on people’s heads!

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