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Discover Cascarones – a Mexican Tradition

Updated: May 3, 2019

Mexican cascarones have become popular in the U.S. at Easter. Learn how to make these confetti-filled eggs!

A cascarón – cas-cah-RONE – plural, cascarones – is a hollowed-out egg filled with confetti or small toys – like a miniature piñata or British Christmas cracker. (There are two related Spanish words here: The verb “cascar” means “to crack” and “la cáscara” means “shell.”) Cascarones are common throughout Mexico and used at carnaval celebrations and during Holy Week. In recent years, they’ve become a popular Easter tradition in the U.S., as well.

Decorated, confetti-filled cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient's head to shower them with confetti – and, some say, good luck.. There are varying stories about their origin, with one theory tracing the egg back to Spain by way of Italy and Asia – and Marco Polo. It’s believed they were originally filled with perfumed powder and given as gifts. Once the tradition made its way to Mexico, the perfume was replaced with paper confetti.

I was first introduced to cascarones when I moved to Texas and I immediately fell in love with the tradition. Every year, I look forward to seeing my grocery cart filled with cartons of (pre-made) cascarones and white eggs for dying. On or around Easter, we host an Easter egg hunt followed by a cascarones frenzy, which is always a lot of fun!

Here in the Southwest, it's easy to find cascarones in the seasonal aisle of the grocery store. But if you don't spot them on the shelves near you, never fear. It's easy to make them at home.

How to Make Cascarones

You'll need:

  • eggs

  • a pin or knife

  • tissue paper

  • glue

  • egg dye or paint and brushes

  • paper confetti or small toys

To make cascarones, use a pin or knife to break a hole in the end of an eggshell and pour out the raw egg. The shell can then be cleaned out, decorated or dyed, and allowed to dry. Once fully dry, fill your empty eggshell with paper confetti or a small toy, then glue a small piece of tissue paper over the hole.

If you decide to take part in the festive tradition, share your photos with us! We’ll be over on Instagram at #mymamalingua. And if you celebrate, we wish you a Happy Easter! – Feliz Pascua!.

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