Egg Tapping and Colouring Easter Eggs

In our family, we have an Easter tradition. While the very young ones get excited over an Easter Egg Hunt and reap their chocolaty rewards in a sugar-induced frenzy, the adults (and the children) eagerly await the end of the Easter meal to play a game of their own.

The egg tapping game involving dye-coloured eggs is more anticipated than unwrapping the foil off an egg and sinking teeth into chocolate goodness. While the adults appear to wait patiently, they’re pre-selecting the best egg based on their winning criteria such as shape, colour, size and apparent strength. But before the game can be played, the eggs need to be hard boiled and coloured.

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How to make Coloured Easter Eggs

The eggs are boiled for approximately 7 minutes on medium to high heat. Once they’ve cooled down, the coloured dye is prepared. Coloured food dyes can be bought in stores and delicatessens and have the instructions for colouring the eggs on the packet. It usually involves adding the dye to warm water and white vinegar then dipping the eggs in for a few minutes and allowing them to dry. Once the dye has set, the coloured eggs are rubbed with a paper towel soaked in a little oil to give them a light sheen.

Primary colours can be mixed to get a desired colour, such as red and blue to make purple. Eggs can also be dyed into a shade of amber by boiling them with brown onion skins.

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How to Play the Egg Tapping Game

The game begins after dessert while everyone is still seated around the dinner table. You usually play against the person sitting beside you. Each person chooses an egg from the basket and cups it in their hand. You negotiate with your opponent who is going to initiate the tapping and who is going to be on the receiving end. Then the tapper gently taps the tip of their egg over their opponent’s.

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The one whose tip or end breaks turns their egg over.

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You tap again, and repeat. If your egg remains unbroken, you can play against another person.

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The winner is the one who is left holding the unbroken egg.

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Tip to tip tapping is allowed, so is tip to end, and vice versa. You do not tap the side of the egg.

There aren’t any tricks to winning, though it doesn’t stop some members of our family from banging their egg hard on their opponents’ in lieu of a gentle tap hoping that the impact will shatter theirs or cupping their egg close in their hand with only the very tip showing to reduce impact. Neither method is fool-proof but makes for a fun argument at the dinner table.

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Every year, the winner is offered all the broken eggs to take home and eat. But in reality, the eggs are divided amongst those who like to eat egg sandwiches for the rest of the week.

Happy Easter! Joyeuses Pâques!

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Egg Tapping and Colouring Easter Eggs was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  1. You’re not Lebanese by any chance are you? We have the SAME tradition. We put one hand against our ear and use the other hand to tap the tip of the egg on our teeth. The ones with a hollow sound are avoided (they break easily) and we select the one that sounds the least hollow 🙂
    Happy Easter

    • Fouad: It’s wonderful that Easter traditions such as this one span across so many cultures! My friends from Northern England claim it as theirs, so do the Greeks, Armenians and even South Americans. I am grinning over your method of testing the egg 🙂 I must try it next Easter, and hope that my family skips reading this post and your comment so I can win!

      Happy Easter to you too 🙂

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  3. My neighbour from the Ukraine has the same easter tradition. Seems to get the competitive spirit out of everyone playing.
    Happy Easter!

    • Chris: Some members of my family get very competitive. That’s when the egg smashing happens. Happy Easter to you too 🙂

  4. What a neat tradition!  Gorgeous pictures of the eggs.

    • Akila: Thank you 🙂 We look forward to it every year, although we end up with that many eggs that nobody wants to eat!

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  6. Eggsellent post! 😉 RT @Gourmantic: Something I’ll be doing this Easter weekend

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  9. Our family has been doing this forever. It was started by my husband who was of Armenian descent. Over the years many of our Easter guests were enchanted into taking it up, so we know there will be egg banging all over the United States and maybe in England too.

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