Oh the guilt… Cascarones

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.

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I can’t even take them out of the bag!

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.

My Excuses:

  • 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.

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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.

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Stuff them till you can’t stuff anymore!

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Cut your tissue paper into small squares.  Enough to cover the holes on the egg shells.  Make a ring of glue around the hole.

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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.

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Let dry…. and you are done!

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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!

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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!

 

Comments

  1. says

    You’re such a good mommy! I love this post and the tutorial. You’ve inspired me to try and make some this week.
    ok but I have a question..Is cascarones a regional Mexican thing? My mom is from Sinaloa and when I told her about your post she said she had never heard of them… or my dad from jalisco.

    • Liz says

      No way? Really?!? That is the first time I hear that? I don’t know if they are regional or not. I hope you do make them, so your parents can enjoy them with the kids! (:

    • Liz says

      Isn’t it horrible??!!

      I found the paper confetti at a Dulceria/piñateria in Fullerton. Other than that, they were no where to be found!

  2. says

    LOL – The “smacks” on FB were all in good fun. We love you, Liz. I actually made cascarones for the first time with my kids. Because I grew up in an Anglo family we never made them. We used to dye hard boiled eggs which we’d later eat – but being that I’m almost always the only one eating them, I decided we’d try something different. Our cascarones are super ugly, and I’m fear the mess they’ll make – but like you said, it’s a good memory and part of my children’s Latino heritage :)

    Abrazos!

    • Liz says

      Smacks? More like n*lg*das!!! (: I love you guys too! Put a picture of them on my FB Fan page! (: Cascarones can never be ugly!

  3. says

    It’s nice to read about this, believe it or not I didn’t even know about this tradition!! We don’t have anything like this in venezuela and the time I lived in Mexico I didn’t see it either! I’m glad I don;t have to make them, que desastre el papelillo!!!! Suerte con la limpieza! But they look cute :)

    • Liz says

      I will have double the fun! (: I actually broke one of the ones from La Walmart…

      Wow, casi ni tenian nada de confetti!?! Casi era pura cascara!!! ):

  4. says

    I’ve bought my supplies! This will be the 1st year we have ever made Cascarones. My husband is out of town. I was looking forward to his help, but I’m going to tackle it alone. Can’t wait to start this new tradition with my son.
    Happy Easter!

  5. says

    I just finished dying eggs with my kids and it was very therapeutic! I thought for sure that my kids were going to be arguing and making a BIG mess. Instead they were grinning ear to ear and sooo happy. I confess I also bought 2 dozen pre-made cascarones as well, but just did it to make sure we had plenty. LOL! Thanks for sharing your great story and tutorial!

  6. Liz says

    Tara! I hope you have a wonderful time together! Pictures, pictures!!!! :)

    Yvette: you are most welcome. Chica!!!!

    Pictures!! :D

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