North Texans are keeping the Easter tradition of cascarones alive, with one local business owner making up to 200 of these confetti-filled, hollowed-out egg shells by hand every day leading up to the holiday. At Rosita’s Boutique in Fort Worth, owner Rosita Muñoz seals the hole in each eggshell with a small piece of colorful tissue paper, and sells them by the bag. This year, cascarone-makers are facing a challenge – a shortage of eggs. Due to disruptions in the supply chain caused by the pandemic, some stores are struggling to keep up with demand for eggs and cascarones. However, Muñoz is unaffected by this shortage as she has chickens at her house.
Cascarones are often cracked over heads on Easter, showering one another with confetti and laughter. Muñoz explains that it is a tradition for many families, and being able to supply cascarones is a crucial part of their celebration. Dallas resident Zsuzanna Oyervides sells premade cascarones in Arlington, but previously made them with her grandmother. Oyervides and her grandmother soaked the eggs in their sink and waited for them to dry before filling the empty eggs with confetti or flour for a prank. Doing this was a way for them to bond, and to make extra cash, but remains a treasured memory of her grandmother.
Muñoz’s work station is filled with paint, tissue paper, eggshells, and confetti, as she works to meet the high demand for her in-demand product. Located at Northwest 28th Street Fort Worth, Rosita’s Boutique is a Northside business that specializes in everything for baptisms, First Communion, wedding accessories and much more. Muñoz’s dedication to supplying her customers with quality, handcrafted cascarones is truly impressive, and she has well and truly kept this Easter tradition alive.
The holiday season is always filled with magic, but it’s the traditions that make it so special for families. As North Texans continue to face the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, maintaining these treasured customs is more important than ever. With local business owners like Rosita Muñoz working tirelessly to share this vibrant, cultural tradition with the community, it’s sure to be a memorable Easter for all who celebrate it in North Texas.
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