Spring is an exciting time for San Antonio. With Easter and Fiesta just around the corner, locals know there will be a ton of cascarones—dyed eggs stuffed with confetti and topped with a thin piece of tissue paper—available to either purchase or make and break.
It’s around this time of year that families can find cascarones—hundreds of every color—filling the aisles of their local HEBs. Confetti might as well rain from the sky.
The joy-filled act of cracking cascarones has some interesting roots. It’s been rumored that the cascarón originated in China and that Marco Polo brought the tradition from Asia to Italy. In order to appeal to upper-class women, the eggs were filled with scented powders and given as gifts. The custom then traveled to Spain and made its way to Mexico in the nineteenth century, where the powder was eventually replaced with confetti.
While filling eggs with perfumed powders has gone out of style, “confetti eggs” are still in vogue. Luckily, we’ve done our research and found one adorable cascarón that will make any South Texan’s Easter and Fiesta season as bright and colorful as possible.
Here are 6 easy steps to make your own Cactus Cascarones at home (inspired by Delia Creates)!
You will need:
- Hot pink tissue paper
- Small-cut confetti
- Green acrylic paint
- Thin-tip permanent marker
Step 1: Poke a hole (approximately 2 centimeters) at the top of the egg. The smaller the hole, the harder it is for the yolk to drain! When the yolk is removed, rinse carefully with soap and water.
Step 2: Brush a light layer of green paint onto the shell. It should take about 5 minutes to dry.
Step 3: Using the permanent marker, draw small black Xs onto the painted egg. The Xs should be placed in rows (about 1 centimeter apart).
Step 4: Time for confetti! Fill one-third of the egg with confetti and then stuff the opening with hot pink tissue paper, leaving a small space at the top.
Step 5: With the small amount of space left, poke 2 crumpled pieces of tissue paper out of the top of the egg. This is meant to resemble a prickly pear.
Step 6: Get cracking!
by Kaitlyn Barber