Hudson’s getting old enough to have an opinion on whether I’m a cool mom or not, so the pressure is on. He actually has absolutely no idea, but I have pictures for proof, so now he’ll know that I am. And was. And always will be.
Well I thought it would be fun to mix things up with dyeing Easter eggs this year; enough with this whole dissolving pellets in a cup and dipping with a mini, glorified wire hanger business – we needed to spice things up. Or sweeten things up, really.
Whilst scrolling through my Facebook feed the other evening, I happened upon this wild video where they were using Cool Whip to dye Easter eggs. What is this insanity? Kids these days – they be crazy.
But I was instantly mesmerized (Facebook videos tend to be scarily hypnotic and addicting, especially when they have anything to do with food), so I decided right then and there that this was it. My family would be forced to happily join me for the journey of using that good ol’ hot cocoa topping to dye Easter eggs this year. If you’d like to force your sweet family on the same exhilarating journey, here’s the low down:
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Hard-boiled Eggs (we used 6, but you do you)
- 1 8oz Tub Cool Whip (this worked well for our 6 eggs, so I wouldn’t hesitate to grab 2 – or a 12oz tub – if you’ll be working with a full dozen)
- Food Coloring
- Distilled White Vinegar
- 1 Baking Sheet (I used a 9 by 13)
- Paper Towels
Pro Tip #1: Make sure you hard-boil the eggs. Sometimes people (never me, just other, less civilized people) forget to do super simple things like that. So don’t forget.
Grab your baking sheet and spread a nice layer of Cool Whip across it, all the way up to the edges.
Get that food coloring and just go wild with it, squeezing little dots of it all over the Cool Whip in no particular fashion.
I used a toothpick, but you can also just use a spoon (way easier, so I highly recommend that over my chosen method) and swirl the food coloring around in the Cool Whip.
Pro Tip #2: Don’t over swirl. Seriously, slow your swirl. You don’t want the colors to get too mixed in there – that would ruin everything. Absolutely everything.
Snag your distilled white vinegar and completely submerge the eggs in it for a couple of minutes (this will help the color stick, so it is an important step, I promise).
Or, if you’re lazy like me and don’t want to get another bowl dirty, just kind of submerge them. It turned out just fine, so if you’re anything like me and will reuse nearly any dish or utensil to keep from unnecessarily washing it, kind of submerged is perfect. If you’re smarter than me, just start with a bigger bowl. Then it won’t even matter. BOOM.
Now here’s where I made an oopsie. What you want to do is take the eggs out of the vinegar and pat them dry with paper towel before plopping them on the pan. If you don’t follow directions well and just go for it, this is what it looks like:
Struggle. So I just let that one go. After you realize your ridiculous mistake and pat the remainder of the eggs dry, you’re ready to rock and roll. Literally, with the whole rolling thing. Use your spoon to roll the egg along in the Cool Whip, pushing it in a straight line to soak up all those awesome colors you so carefully swirled.
Pro Tip #3: Your 2-year-old probably won’t roll the egg in a straight line, and that’s quite alright. Just let him be and have his fun so that he’ll remember how cool and chill you always were.
Once you’ve rolled all the eggs, let them sit for 10ish minutes in all of their messy, crazy-looking, goopy glory.
After 10 minutes, extract the eggs from their honestly rather nasty-looking habitat and rinse them off in cool water. You will likely end up with tie-dyed hands, but remember: you’re so chill that you don’t even care, so just go with it.
And then it’s time for the best part: being such a cool mom that you let your kids eat the leftover Cool Whip. Done and done.
The masterpiece you end up with:
We honestly had a blast dyeing our eggs this way, and I think they look pretty darn neat! It was such a fun, unique way to take an old tradition and mix things up, so I’m glad we took the plunge and tried something new.
Oh, and Pro Tip #4: Refrigerate your eggs afterward. I know you’ll want to display them because they’re so incredibly beautiful, but some people (never me, stop pointing fingers) forget to refrigerate them and waste those tasty hard-boiled eggs. That’s sad, so don’t do it.
Try it out and let me know how it goes!