Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose)

Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It happens every year at the Easter brunch a former neighbor throws.

One of the children who used to live in our neighborhood, now all grown up 30 years later, tells me they remember when I used to help the neighborhood children make sugar Easter eggs.

Wow. They remember? How fun is that?!

Instructions:

1. Add 1 whisked egg white to a mix of 3 ½ cups of granulated sugar and ½ cup of powdered sugar. (I always made white eggs, but you can add food coloring to the egg white before mixing it with the sugars.)

2. Brush cornstarch over the insides of plastic egg molds, so the sugar shells will release.

3. When the mixture is the consistency of damp sand, fill each half of a candy egg mold, then gently scoop out the middle, leaving a shell about ½ inch thick. Note: the plastic eggs you get at the grocery store are cut in half across the middle so they can easily be filled with candy. You want molds that open in half lengthwise, so you can put a scene inside each half of the sugar egg. Michael’s or another craft or candy-maker supplies store will have them.

4. Let the candy egg shells dry out and harden for at least one day.

5. Gently remove the sugar shells from the molds and allow to dry for several more hours. For the neighborhood children, I made the shells in advance.

6. Assemble edible candies to make scenes inside the shells. The cake-decorating aisle will have frosting chicks and bunnies made for birthday cakes that are perfect. You can also use sprinkles or other frosting decorations.

7. Install the edible Easter scenes you create in each half of an egg mold using fresh frosting. The frosting that comes in cans is easiest to use. Each can has four tips to play with for different designs. You can draw a frosting circle on one end for the egg half to stand up on.

8. Let dry. Show off to family and friends.

At this point, I was done. The eggs typically lasted a day before children started eating them. That’s a lot of sugar! Make sure you have lots of milk on hand!

You can find step-by-step instructions here at candy.about.com.

What do your children remember about Easter? About the Fourth of July? About their birthdays? Did you have rituals they remember? What do you remember doing for them?

This is a conversation that can start by writing down the rituals you remember around holidays.

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You might even want your grown-up children to write their memories of those same holidays side-by-side with yours.

I only remember the sugar Easter eggs when a now grown-up neighborhood child tells me, with the glow of sugar memories, how much fun she had making them.