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Monday, April 11, 2011

Cascarones A Fun Easter Tradition

from: Las Cultras

It's a tradition that's said to originate in Italy, when men would toss hollow eggs filled with perfume at women they were attracted to. In Mexico, you can still see this behavior among young men and women. You might not see cascarones at the carnaval celebrations in the US, but like many other Latino traditions they have merged with US holiday traditions. Many Latino families have started coloring eggs just like any other family in the US. Rather than boiling them though, they're emptied out and filled with confetti or toys. Imagine the kids finding an egg at the easter egg hunts and instead of filling up on boiled eggs or throwing them away, the kids find small toys inside or have an additional game of "tag" by covering their friends with confetti and egg shell.

Making Cascarones

Open the top of the egg.
You can do this using pins, a small nail or a knife.
Since it will be touching food, remember to sterilize whatever you use by running it over a flame.
Do it over a bowl so you can use the egg in a meal.
If you're placing toys or candy in the eggs, you'll want a larger hole to fit them in.
If you're placing confetti in the egg, then you can place a small hole on each end and use a spoon to fill the egg.
Rinse out the inside of the egg.
Use egg dye, water colors, acrylic or finger paint to decorate the eggs (Be Gentle)
After the eggs dry, place a little glue around the edges of the opening and close it with a piece of tissue paper.
With the egg you emptied out, you can make Migas, Flan or another dish with egg in it.

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