How to Make Cascarones! (confetti eggs)

Happy spring.

cascarones finished

I have been thinking about how many cultures have decorated-egg traditions, from red kokkina avga (I have a Greek tía and godson who make these!), to Ukrainian pysanky, with intricate designs drawn in beeswax, among many, many others.

I suppose it’s because eggs make us think about new life?

Cascarones are confetti-filled eggs (The Spanish word cáscara means shell) gleefully crumbled over heads in many Latin American communities. I have been reading a little about the history of the tradition, and a few sources say it originated in China, then traveled to Mexico via Italy and Spain.

In Dance of the Eggshells/Baile de los Cascarones, by Carla Aragón, showering someone in eggshell and confetti is a playful way to ask them to dance.

CascaronesToes

Cascarones are colorful, surprising a little mischievous—and super easy to make. You should totally try it. Here’s what you need:

  • Eggs (but don’t hard boil them!)
  • Something to decorate the eggs (We used food-coloring)
  • Confetti
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue

cascarones_shells

First you need to empty the eggs. The easiest way, for me, was to hold the egg, wider end up, and to gently tap it with the tip of a knife to poke a small hole. Then I used a pin to carefully widen the hole to roughly nickel-size.

Next, shake out the egg and rinse the empty shell.

(A smart way to go about this might have been to plan ahead and start saving eggshells a couple of weeks in advance. But if you didn’t have that kind of foresight and need to use up a whole bunch of egg at once, I recommend custard pie. Or flan.)

After the eggshells are clean and dry, you can decorate. Hooray.

cascarones_paint

cascarones_girls

Let the shells dry again. Then fill with confetti. You can buy some or make your own with a hole punch. We just cut up strips of colored paper.

To fill each shell, roll a piece of paper into a funnel, then spoon in the confetti.

cascarones_fill

Finally, cut circles out of tissue paper, place them over the holes in each eggshell and seal the edges. We used white school glue.

cascarones_tops

Let the glue dry, and you’re all set.