All the cracking, bashing and crunching made these by far and away the most exciting springtime activity for the kids! They make a gorgeous hostess gift, too, and you can make them for any occasion.
- eggs (white eggs will take color better than brown, but you can do a few uncolored, brown eggs for variety – I even did some white uncolored eggs)
- hot water
- McCormick food and egg dye in the regular and neon colors (a fun – and much faster – alternative to dyeing the eggs is simply decorating with markers or stickers)
- a non-metal container
- mini cupcake paper/foil baking cups
I followed the color recipe exactly because her eggs turned out so strikingly beautiful, but the only recipe that developed into a similar color to hers was the blue – and still it wasn’t quite as robin’s egg/turquoise in color.
The Outlaw Mom’s Tips:
- If you agitate the eggs, you’ll get splotchy color, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, Hubby and Grandma’s favorite egg was the one that turned out the most speckly.
- If you use just-boiled water and highly acidic vinegar (like I did), when you drop your egg into the coloring solution, it will spin and fizz like crazy on its own, which creates the speckled effect.
- Although most blogs advise not to move your eggs around, I found that dipping the eggs once for an initial coat, and then dipping additional times to increase the color intensity worked better than when I tried the recommended method of letting the eggs sit in the solution and then rotating halfway during the coloring time. Submerging the entire egg or leaving the egg floating on top of the solution didn’t seem to make a difference (except that if you leave the egg floating on top, you’ll have to rotate four times – quarter turns).
- When taking the eggs out of the boiling water during sterilization or the just-boiled water for the solution, do not lift the egg out completely vertically so that the boiling hot water drips down on to your finger! Try a more horizontal angle.
- Try an eggs inside of eggs look. I chose Cadbury Mini Eggs as the main candy, Marich Mint Chip Maltballs to go along with the speckled theme, and Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor jelly beans for more of the speckled egg look. Sconza Dark Chocolate Raisins finished out the mix.
- Use mini-cupcake baking cups to seal your eggs. Stickers don’t fold around the jagged opening as well. I used polka-dot mini-cupcake paper baking cups for all the colors except the blue eggs, which I sealed with silver foil cups.
- Present the eggs in a clear tin for a pretty and practical way of transporting this gift. Alternate the eggs with layers of paper Easter grass.
I think we’ll be making these for other occasions, too. I see Fourth of July flag eggs, pumpkin eggs, Santa eggs . . . the cracking is irresistible fun!