CASCARONES BY FEATHERLAND
Cascarones by Featherland is our other business, in which we use some of our empty eggshells to make cascarones (colorful confetti eggs). Cascarones are made by first emptying the egg contents out through a hole at one end. The empty shell is then thoroughly washed and dried. The clean shell is filled with confetti, sealed with tissue paper, and brightly colored.
Cascarones ("kass-kuh-ROW-nays") are a favorite party favor and fiesta tradition.The fun is derived from breaking the egg over someone’s head, allowing the confetti to spill out. Many schools sell cascarones at their fairs and parties as an excellent money maker. We can ship cascarones to anywhere in the U.S.
Prior to Easter, or during “Fiesta San Antonio” churches and schools do fund raisers by selling Cascarones. Others just enjoy cracking them over their friend's heads. Many say the confetti shower brings good luck and good fortune, but if anything they are lots of fun and almost addictive!
For the uninitiated, the proper way to use a cascarone is to break it above your victim's head and let the confetti rain down, NOT to break it ON the head (headache!).
HISTORY OF THE CASCARONE
The origin of cascarones (the word means "egg shells" in Spanish) is a little muddled.The cascarone stems from the Italian Renaissance when Italian gentlemen would fill emptied eggs with beautiful perfumes and scented powder to give to their beloved. As with the pinata, the Italians allegedly got the practice, via Marco Polo, from the Chinese, who filled the eggs with powder. The practice of making hollowed-out, surprise-filled eggs moved from Italy, into Austria, France and then to Spain.
Then in the 1860s, Carlota, the wife of Emperor Maximilian, introduced cascarones to Mexico. In Mexico people replaced the perfumed powder with confetti. It was then when Mexicans labeled the egg shells.... Cascarones... Which derives from the word "Cascara" which means shell. In Mexico they showed up at many different celebrations, especially Carneval. From there they headed north into what we know as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
About 150 years ago, one cascarone enthusiast wrote that the eggs were so popular that people would stand by their hens all day waiting for fresh ones to arrive.
Beaning someone with a confetti egg is meant as a sign of affection. In earlier times, shy couples flirted this way. Today, throughout Mexico and the American Southwest, Cascarones are used to celebrate.