Happy April Fool’s Day! We’re not fooling at The Candy Store when we say we love Easter – and what could be more fun at Easter than dying eggs? Egg-dyeing experts know all the tricks and little extras for making beautiful eggs, but if you’re not an expert, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a step-by-step guide using Germany’s most popular egg dye! Using a packet of the egg dye available at our store and a few other tools, you’ll be on your way to basket-worthy eggs in no time.
Since Easter eggs can be made with hard-boiled eggs or hollow, blown-out eggs, we thought we’d show the more advanced hollow eggs (but you’re welcome to use hard boiled at home – both work with this dye – you’ll just skip to the 6th step!). Our tutorial includes both brown and white eggs.
Tools for hollowing out your eggs:
rubber ear syringe (available at the pharmacy)
dremel bit and a rotary drill
Tools for dying your eggs:
5 glass cups
Step 1: Using your pin, poke a hole through the bottom of your egg and gently increase the hole’s diameter.
Step 2: Once the hole is noticeable, hold your drill with dremel bit to the hole and apply even pressure while depressing the drill trigger. You want to apply enough pressure for the hole to gradually widen, but not so much that your egg’s hole shatters open (consider your first egg a practice egg to get the feel for the drill). The finished hole should be just over twice the size of the ear syringe’s nozzle.
Step 3: Insert the pin into the newly created larger hole and poke about a little to break up the egg yolk.
Step 4: Over the sink or a bowl, insert the nozzle of the syringe and GENTLY force air into the egg – doing this too hard or too fast can put a lot of fluid pressure on the egg shell from inside and cause a crack. Holding the egg upright, with the hole at the bottom, can help to speed this process along.
Step 5: When your eggs are all emptied, wash them and let them dry (or sterilize them if you plan to make chocolate filled eggs - see Martha Stewart for an incredible staff-tested chocolate egg recipe and the source of this fabulous egg blowing technique!).
Now you’re ready to start dyeing!
Step 6: Open your packet of dye and place a tablet in each cup with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and ¼ liter of boiling water each. Stir the water to dissolve the tablet.
Step 7: Immerse your eggs in the solution (Moms! This is messy business and fingers REALLY have to be scrubbed clean if they come in contact with the darker dyes!) for five minutes or until you’ve achieved the desired colour.
Step 8: Remove your eggs and pat dry with a paper towel.
Step 9: Add any further embellishments or decoration to your eggs. The dyes can also be mixed if you’re looking to do custom colours – just make sure you’ve dyed as many eggs as you want in the basic colours before you start blending!
Finally, for an added shine you can rub your eggs with a little fat to make them sparkle. And don’t forget to have fun! If you make some eggs at home with our new favourite dye, we’d love to see them – send a snap shot along and don’t forget to have an egg-cellent time!