Cascarones (glitter or confetti-filled eggs) are a Mexican Easter tradition that has been growing in popularity in the United States. Learn how to make cascarones and then surprise your friends when you crush them over their heads. Having a cascaron broken over your head is said to bring good luck!
Cascarones are the world in an eggshell. Invented in China as perfume-filled gifts, they traveled to Europe with Marco Polo, and then to Mexico during France's brief, ill-fated invasion of the 1860s. Mexicans made the tradition their own, marking Easter by filling the eggs with confetti and cracking them on friend's heads for luck. Today, the delicate crafts are regulars at all sorts of celebrations: San Antonio's Fiesta Week every April, Cinco de Mayo and, increasingly, birthdays and even weddings. A secret: They're oh-so-simple to make.