I just did the unimaginable. Yes, I did…. Dios mio.
I bought pre-made Cascarones at Walmart. I felt the guilt kinda nudge me when I put them in the cart. Then when the lady scanned the cartons at checkout, I felt heavy. I took them out of the car and now they sit in my cocina.
Why did I do this? ¿por qué? I’ve made Cascarones before. I made them, when my eldest was little. Why did I give in to the thievery through commercialism of my cultura? Why did I give in? Convenience? I’m a lazy Latina Mom? I knew I shouldn’t have, but I did.
- I know it would cost me more to make them.
- I like a certain kind of confetti. I love the paper kind, not the metallic.
- If I make them from scratch, I can only imagine the mess the niños would make.
Sad excuses, I know. What I didn’t think about, was the lesson and the time bonding with my mexipinitos, while teach them the legacy of the Cascarones.
Cascarones is a Mexican Easter tradition. It’s said it bring you buena suerte. After you spend the morning in church, you go over someones house for a Carne Azada, you hide the huevos and break the Cascarones on everyone’s head. The confetti goes everywhere. We laugh. We run around chasing each other. All is fun. Except for the host of the fiesta, since they are stuck with the tiradero. We haven’t had Cascarones at our Easter get together’s in a while. My poor tia probably had enough with the confetti and the egg shells left behind!
I learned how to make them, from my own Mother when I was young. We did them all the time. I think in English, they are called “Confetti Eggs” I’m not too sure though. I posted about my purchase on FB, and I got some serious “slaps on the hand” from my Latina amigas (and I do mean SMACK). I never thought I would lose my Latinalicious rank, as one chica put it. I was called shameful and scandalous. All in good fun, I hope! lol I can’t bear the thought of what would be done to me, if I tell them I was googling for the name in English.
So, to ease my burden and heavy heart (and to get back my Latinalicious rank), I went to the store and bought my supplies to make Cascarones. Here is what I bought:
2 Dozen eggs
2 Bags of Confetti
1 pack of colorful tissue paper.
The following is my version of making Cascarones. There are hundreds of ways to do them. Some crafters go WAY out, I am simple and to the point! You can click on each picture to make them bigger.
First get an egg and crack a small hole on top. I used my potato peeler. Poke a hole big enough to let the egg whites and yolk to come out. Don’t worry about the neatness of the hole, it will be covered up.
Wash the egg shells out and let dry. Dye your eggs the way you normally would. Once dry, you may begin stuffing the egg shells with the confetti.
Stuff them till you can’t stuff anymore!
Cut your tissue paper into small squares. Enough to cover the holes on the egg shells. Make a ring of glue around the hole.
Place the small square of tissue paper on the egg and press down around the hole, to cover it up. Some glue may seep out, and that’s ok. Use that excess glue to glue down the corner of the tissue paper.
Let dry…. and you are done!
You can be creative as you want! Mix the colors of the dyes. Get different colored tissue paper. You can even cover the whole egg with the tissue paper for added effect.
I used this time to speak to my kids about the many traditions of Easter, besides looking for huevitos. I have mentioned to some of you, about my kids not believing in the Easter Bunny. I have never taken them to take pictures. Never made references, that we are waiting for the Easter Bunny. My kids know that we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The whole Easter egg hunt, is just for fun. That day is filled with memories of get togethers with familia to eat and eat some more. Which is the best part of all.
Once the eggs were sort of done, they went up to my mom, to show them their hard work. My kids can’t wait to crack these cascarones on their favorite tia’s head! I can’t wait for them to talk about it with their friends.
Most of all, I can’t wait for them to tell me “Mom, remember we did Cascarones last year? Lets do that again”.
Like what I did? I invite you to do the same thing! If you do, I would love for you to post some pictures of your cascarones on my FB page. I bet you can do a way better job than I did! It’s never too late, for you to start this tradition too!
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m just trying to pass on the traditions on to my mexipinitos. My pre-made Cascarones are still in the bag.
PS: I got my Latinalicious rank back! WoooT!