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Chocolate Easter Surprise Eggs

blue eggs in tissue paper grass

These dyed Easter are real eggshells that have been coated on the inside with chocolate and stuffed with candy and a small surprise.

close up of a blue egg that says crack me

Everything I used to decorate the eggs is edible. I used jumbo sized eggs, though this wasn’t necessary. I stuffed them with the smallest things I could find.

small plastic chick with candies

crepe paper flower and various chocolates

I was hoping to try to make my own version of the chocolate filled real eggshells that Martha Stewart created a few years back, but I wanted mine to be more like a Kinder Surprise egg with a toy or small item inside. I also took inspiration from hollow chocolate eggs that contain smaller chocolates and candies, as these make a pleasing rattling noise when you shake them, and I can never wait to find out what is inside.

eggshell cracked, showing chocolate beneath

an opened egg, with detail of the chocolate coating

I learned a lot through mistakes along the way (which I’ll go into obnoxious detail about in a later post), but here is what did work for me.

dyeing the eggs

blue eggs trying on the ends of skewers

The Martha Stewart instructions for preparing eggshells for filling with melted chocolate involve using a Dremel tool to neatly widen the hole. I do not have a Dremel and didn’t want to buy one just for this project. (Not that that has stopped me from thinking about all the things I could have used it for, leading to me now, of course, drooling over a Dremel.) Short of buying an expensive but fancy egg topper, I decided to go buy the $6 one. It has adorable teeth:

metal egg topper

It’s meant to be used on soft boiled eggs with cooked whites, so it’s a bit treacherous using it on raw eggs. The method I did was to grasp the egg and hold down the topper securely with one hand:

holding the egg to be topped

showing an ideal crack

Gently squeeze the handles of the egg topper so the teeth are touching the eggshell. Then to squeeze the handles quickly and with purpose, like a quick punch. If you squeeze the topper too slowly the egg cracks. If you hold the egg too tightly it cracks. This is, obviously, not the best method to get eggs open. Even at the height of my egg topping flow I would still completely crush one out of ever 12 eggs, and lots were left with hairline cracks. My advice? If you have a Dremel, go ahead an use it here. If you have an egg topper already, try it. But if you really, really want to make beautiful chocolate filled eggs to give away, you might consider asking all of your friends if they have a Dremel they could loan you.

bowl full of eggs

Rinse out the insides of the eggs carefully, I took to poking inside with a finger to get out the stubborn bits of white that were attached to the top end. Might seem icky but it’s much easier than trying to dislodge cooked white bits later on. Submerge the eggs in a large pot, bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes to sterilize the eggs. Skim the foam from the top of the water frequently, if you forget to check the pot they cook into a bubbly foam. I found I could fit 12 eggs in a 4 quart saucepan.

To cool them I suggest lifting them with a slotted spoon and lowering them into a bowl of cold water. If you instead move the pan into the sink and put cold water into it know that boiling hot water will sneakily hide inside the eggshells, so proceed carefully.

eggs in blue dye

If you’re going to dye the eggs you can do this right away. If you’re not going to dye them hang them to dry as I show below, overnight at least. I was trying to match the color of some Robin’s egg blue caramels I found and did a number of different trials combining various McCormick’s food coloring combinations. In the end I found that this was just about perfect:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 24 drops neon blue
  • 6 drops blue

Martha Stewart’s directions call for you to dip each eggshell into vinegar before lowering into the dye, but I actually found this left the egg streaky. I simply submerged the eggshells carefully into the dye and let them soak for 10 minutes (15 minutes for a second batch of eggs in the same bowl).

good example of dyed egg

bad example of dyed egg

I learned this the hard way, don’t agitate the eggshells. They’ll be covered by little bubbles and that made me obsessively try to knock the bubbles off, but it left me with blotchy color. Instead, leave them as still as possible and turn them over about half way through. Don’t crowd the bowl, I did four or five eggs at a time.

lifing egg with a skewer

I lowered and lifted the eggs using skewers, and dried them on this tree I made using skewers and a styrofoam cone I had in the house. Catch drips at the bottom of the eggshells with a paper towel. Let the eggs dry overnight.

eggs on skewers

It was so cheerful to have these hanging out the dining room for a while.

eggs on skewers

coating with chocolate

block of Callebaut chocolate

I tried, I really tried, to use excellent tasting chocolate for this project. But in the end I had to switch to Merckens real chocolate coating wafers with some chocolate thinner mixed in. (I had them left over from an earlier project.) It tastes fine for an Easter project, and it was easier to work with than the Callebaut bulk chocolate I had originally purchased. (update: Scott pointed out that the Merckens chocolate tastes better than the chocolate you get with a Kind Surprise egg, a good point!) The trouble was that the Callebaut chocolate post-tempering was too thick to work with, even after adding a generous amount of chocolate thinning flakes.

My hang up is that I wanted to use both dark and white chocolate to imitate a Kinder Surprise egg and I couldn’t find white couverture chocolate in stores around here (I’d waited too long to order anything online, I’ll never learn that lesson). Couverture chocolates, as learned from consulting my Field Guide to Candy book, are “professional quality chocolates with a high percentage of cocoa butter, which helps them melt smoothly and temper easily.” I did find couverture chocolate on the baking aisle shelves of my local, tiny yet impossibly well stocked natural market. I believe the Valrhona feves (which you might remember best as the ones asked for in the NY Times chocolate chip cookie recipe), are what the Martha Stewart directions call for: “We used Valrhona dark chocolate in this recipe because it is relatively easy to temper”.

(p.s. If you live in Seattle I can tell you that Valhrona feves or other couverture quality chocolate can be found in dark, milk and white varieties at both DeLaurenti market and ChefShop. I only found the dark chocolate feves at Whole Foods, it was near the good cheeses.)

I don’t have a microwave or a chocolate tempering machine so I used the seeding technique for tempering chocolate. If you’re up for tempering chocolate two of my favorite explain and teach entries are at Serious Eats: How to temper chocolate and at Cooking for Engineers: Tempering chocolate. If you don’t have couverture quality chocolate you might consider tracking down some chocolate thinning flakes at your nearest cake decorating shop. (Here in Seattle I highly recommend Home Cake Decorating Supply Co., they have everything and are generous with instructions and information.) The flakes are best added just after you’ve raised the chocolate to the high temperature and before you’re starting to cool it. If I forgot and added the flakes when the chocolate was down around 95 degrees the flakes wouldn’t melt and I’d have to start over.

melted chocolate in a Pyrex measuring bowl

If you’re not up for tempering chocolate (it always takes longer than I expect) I suggest going ahead and using candy melts. Bakerella recommends Merckens brand melts. For these, you just melt and use, they come in pretty colors. They taste like sweet vanilla, not something I’d normally eat but let’s face it, the inside shell of my surprise eggs are unlikely to be eaten in favor of the chocolates inside the egg. Note that if you’d like to color your own candy melts you will need to use a coloring that is not water based, so no regular or gel food coloring. You can find oil based chocolate colorings meant just for this purpose.

Martha Stewart used a piping bag to fill the eggs with chocolate, but since I was filling each eggshell and immediately inverting it, my pouring chocolate would harden too quickly. If I tempered my chocolate in a mixing bowl over a saucepan then transferred the chocolate to a Pyrex measuring cup with a spout, it also hardened too quickly. So I took to melting my chocolate in the Pyrex measuring cup. In order to keep steam from the water getting into the chocolate and causing it to seize I kept the temperature to barely a simmer. Whew, you got all that?

eggshell in a cut

I inverted the egg onto a small salt bowl, poured melted chocolate inside catching drips with a small silicone spatula, then immediately turned the eggshell to coat the inside and let the excess drip out, back into my measuring cup. I put the egg on a drying rack to let excess chocolate drip out and did the next egg. I set the eggs in the fridge for an hour or so to let the chocolate set, then I did it all again using white chocolate.

turning the eggshell to coat the inside with chocolate

eggs on racks to allow chocolate to run out

showing the chocolate around the bottom of the egg

The chocolate will form a lip at the opening in the egg, this is good and I’ll be using it later on, so don’t level this off or wipe it away.

Painting the eggs

small paintbursh

Super Gold Luster Dust

I used some Super Gold Luster Dust mixed with a few drops of tequila to paint “crack me” on the eggs. (This is an idea I initially got from these Golden Chocolate Easter Eggs which were on The Kitchn a few years ago.) I used a tiny brush.

Be aware that the painted on gold will wipe off, so at this point forward handle the eggs carefully so you don’t wipe away the writing. Or be smarter than I am and leave the painting until last (I was afraid the chocolate seal would melt in my hand).

egg with crack me painted on the front

A tip for you, Gold Pearl Dust made by Wilton isn’t nearly gold enough, it looks more golden colored, but the Luster Dust was a really nice effect.

showing cracks painted on the backs of eggs

I painted cracks running up the back of the eggs.

Filling the eggs

By far my favorite part was shopping for what to put inside the eggs. I knew I was going to be dealing with an opening less than one inch wide, so most candies won’t fit. And I really wanted a toy of some sort.

three types of crepe paper flowers

I deicded to make mini Spring flower corsages using crepe paper. They could be scrunched thin to fit inside the egg then unfurled to be worn. I did this for six eggs, my favorites were the daffodils, but the gathered and fringed versions were easier to make.

crepe petals

detail of how the pin is attached

note that says Unfurl Me

For the other eggs I found cute pipe cleaner chicks which collapsed easily.

crepe flower in a small zip top bag

For both of these I put them inside small 2″x3″ zip top bags, just in case they absorbed oil from the chocolate inside.

gold and dark chocolate candies

For the corsage eggs I decided to stick with a gold-blue-and-dark chocolate theme and filled them with one Robin’s egg caramel, one gold Jordan almond, small Valrhona Perles Craquant (which are like mini crunchy malt balls) from Whole Foods, and Dark Chocolate covered Pomegranate Seeds from Trader Joe’s. And a gold foil wrapped chocolate egg if I still had room. The smaller candies made noise when you gently shook the eggs.

colorful candies

For the eggs with chicks inside I went with more color. I used one Robin’s egg caramel, a few of the Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups (so addictive), the dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds and TJ’s candy coated sunflower seeds. (I had to abandon the jelly beans shown above, there wasn’t room left.)

Sealing the eggs

eggs standing up

This part was the most difficult, and had me wishing I’d invested in the Dremel tool to begin with. Initially I thought I might use chocolate to glue a trimmed down mini muffin tin liner to the bottom of the eggs but it was too easy to simply pull the paper off to get at the contents. I wanted people to have to break the egg to get inside. (I have a fondness for things you have to destroy to enjoy.) I decided to mold some dark chocolate inside nonpareil molds, which were about the size of the opening and melt them to the bottom of the eggs.

egg upside down

I warmed a knife in a saucepan of water, wiped it dry and ran it over the opening of the egg, melting the edges of the chocolate while making the surface flat. Then I pressed a molded chocolate into the bottom.

melting the edges of chocolate at the opening of the egg

putting a nonpareil on the opening

This sort of worked, but not as well as I’d hoped. It works as a base for the egg to stand on but it’s still easier to pry this off than to crack the eggshell. If I had time to do it again I think I would fill the nonpareil molds, let them set just a bit then upend the filled egg into the mold. This would create a stronger bond, and sink the rough edges of the eggshell into the small puddle of chocolate. However, you’d also glue some of the contents of the egg into the chocolate on the bottom, so ideally I’d have a foil wrapped candy nearest to the bottom. (update: Tried that with some leftover eggs, the sealing worked but the base was too messy and it was basically inadvisable.) Still, I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.

one egg standing up on the nonpareil

eggs nestled in tissue paper grass in a bakery box

To present them I put them in a bakery box with some tissue paper grass.

I had a huge amount of fun making these, and see different versions in my future. Maybe Halloween eggs? July 4th eggs? Mother’s Day eggs?

Last notes

I made these with the intention of giving them to adults. There is a bit of picking egg shards out between the candy, and I don’t think a kid would find that so much fun. I’m currently working on an easier version of these because dang they took a long time to make, I admit it. Will report back soon.

Here is a list of the Seattle sources I used, put here if only to remind myself where to look the next time I need crazy supplies. I didn’t end up using all of these items, and some are just places I wished I’d stopped in as I found they carried what I needed too late:

many, many blue eggs

See also

Easter Surprise Eggs (the easy version). These are simply vibrantly dyed eggshells, filled with candy and sealed with mini baking cups (or whatever paper you have around). Much faster to make, but I think they are equally charming.

brightly colored eggshells with notes that say Crack Me

· comments [155] · 03-30-2010 · categories:craft · food · holidays ·

155 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Walking In Wellies // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:28 am

    WOW! These are gorgeous! Your directions are very detailed. I’ve been struck with inspiration. Thanks.

  • 2 kelly // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Wow. These took a lot of work and determination on your part, but what a pretty and fun result!

  • 3 Jackie // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:22 am

    These eggs are beautiful. Wow.

    I am so impressed, (and also, I am drooling a bit. :)

  • 4 tNb // Mar 31, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Eggstraordinary! (sorry, I couldn’t resist …) Now if I could just find some magic time and patience before Easter … ;-)

  • 5 Erica // Mar 31, 2010 at 6:20 am

    whoa….this artistic foodie talent at its best! So beautiful! What a wonderful Easter creation

  • 6 Adrienne // Mar 31, 2010 at 6:31 am

    These are such an impressive project! I’m awed by your determination, and now I want candy eggs.

  • 7 Jessie // Mar 31, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Wow, those are amazing. Great photos too.

  • 8 Melanie // Mar 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

    OMG…I was just thinking today about colouring eggs and how I haven’t done it in years…this takes it to an entirely new level. LOVE LOVE it.

  • 9 Martha // Mar 31, 2010 at 7:55 am

    wow these are amazing. I read your post about three times to figure out all that you did! so inspirational, but i don’t think it is anything i’ll be doing with a newborn in the house…they are really really incredible though! you have lucky friends/family.

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  • 11 Kathy M // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Most excellent post. Your eggs look terrific and the goodies inside are so thoughtful! Nice pics too.

  • 12 Erica // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Awesome!! I LOVE the blue color…great job!

  • 13 Paola // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:43 am

    You’re a genius. That is all.

  • 14 Jordan // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Uh this is RAD!

  • 15 Jessi // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

    What an amazing project! I love that you included the little flowers they are so beautiful! For painting the “crack me” on the eggs, couldn’t you write it with a gold sharpie? That might be easier and less likely to rub off…

  • 16 Uncle Beefy // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Ooh! Ouch! Aye! Ow, ow, ow! I’m just not built like I used to be. Sorry, Megan. I’ve been on my knees bowing incessantly before the wondrous glory that is YOU… and I think my back is giving out. ;) Unbelievable! We are not worthy! Just understand, the next time I see you, if I drop to the ground and kiss your shoes. I may not be able to help myself.

  • 17 regan // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You are seriously taking over every holiday. Go you!

  • 18 megan // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Jessi – Since eggshells are permeable I was afraid of using anything non-edible for the writing, just in case it soak through to the chocolate layer. But, they DO make edible felt tip markers. I didn’t find any metallic ones locally (I waited too long to order things) and my eggs were dyed dark enough that I didn’t think it would be enough contrast. Also, I already had the Luster Dust so I went with that. It’s not perfect though, as I mention above it does smear and rub off when you touch it.

  • 19 megan // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thanks so much everybody for the compliments! I really appreciate them.

    Uncle Beefy you are, as always, hilarious. Thank you thank you.

  • 20 Lesley // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:14 am

    This is so neat! I was just on the Martha site the other day reading about the chocolate eggs and it’s so nice to have such a detailed tutorial! I don’t know if I have the stamina for it but if I get inspired I just might try! haha

  • 21 whorange // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Complete and absolute worship. xoxo

  • 22 Joy // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

    These are amazing! Love all the details. I don’t know if I’ll have the time to make this before Easter, but it definitely gave me lots of ideas to work with. Thanks! :)

  • 23 rubycakes // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

    So fantastic! Thanks for so much sharing your process.

  • 24 Jenny // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:06 am

    These are amazing. I love the styrofoam-and-skewer tree, too!

  • 25 Kate // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

    What an impressive post! I can’t imagine all the time and effort you put into it, but I can see how much you enjoyed the whole process.

  • 26 Angela // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

    These are absolutely beautiful and I am beyond impressed. I was president of a German speaking club in highschool and we’d order Kinder surprise Eggs to sell for fundraisers and I absolutely adored them, so the idea to make them myself has me all giddy inside. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • 27 Jen Kim // Mar 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

    wow, i love this idea and all of your pictures. thanks so much for the detailed tutorial!

  • 28 Krystel // Mar 31, 2010 at 11:26 am

    These are wonderful! And by the way, I so love that you’re a local Seattlite, too so I can go hunting for everything at the same places. LOVE Home Cake. And by the way, you can make friends with me as I finally got a dremel (had drooled over one ever since I saw Martha use it to cut out little eggs to make homemade fake faberge diorama things) and then I can participate in the fun crafty-ness!

  • 29 nicole // Mar 31, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Amazing! Cannot believe the amount of work put in — and it really shows. Maybe next year I will try an attempt …

  • 30 Krystal // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    WOW…these are awesome…the coolest egg project that I’ve ever seen! You’ve done a spectacular job!

  • 31 Abby // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is just one example of why I’ve been a loyal reader of yours for as long as I can remember! Could it be 10 years yet? Have you been here that long?

    Regardless. CUTE. Happy Easter!

  • 32 Jennifer // Mar 31, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    omg i love this idea! way too cute :)

  • 33 Lana // Mar 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    wowza… you seriously outdid the Martha this time. I am very inspired!

  • 34 Teresa // Mar 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, these are magnificent. The recipient had better appreciate how much time and effort you put into these!

  • 35 Diane // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I bow down to you Oh Queen of Craft! This was such a well executed project – it must have taken you hours-days-weeks! I agree with the comment that you totally outdid Martha this time. Your presentation was beautiful.

    Happy Easter.

  • 36 kathy // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    These are so awesome… I decided to do my own easter suprise eggs… totally different then yours

  • 37 Aimee Greeblemonkey // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:23 pm


    Having major performance anxiety for this weekend.

  • 38 mai // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    wow, so great. i bow down to your prowess as a crafting/cooking/planning goddess.

  • 39 Molly // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, you are a craft beast. I would NEVER have had the patience for this.

  • 40 kat // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    and i am completely blown away by this. are you kidding?! amazing.

  • 41 Meshbetty // Mar 31, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This is so very cool! I would love to try this next year. Happy Easter!

  • 42 Jen // Mar 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    whoa. EPIC.

  • 43 Katy // Mar 31, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    This is fabulous! Your craftiness is inspiring!

  • 44 Sonja von Franck // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I was fascinated reading over all the steps for this project. All this and no microwave – WOW! :-). Bravo for for sharing such beautiful creativity.

  • 45 WanderChow // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    This sure makes me wish I knew you personally and you thought I was worthy of one of these FREAKING FABULOUS EGGS. Sheesh! :D I luuurve them.

  • 46 Barbara // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Truly spectacular (with little daffodils even)! Thank you!

  • 47 Sara // Mar 31, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    This is fantastic! I’m in Seattle. Can you share where you purchased the $6 egg topper? I didn’t know such a thing existed, so I wouldn’t know where to go. Thank you so much for posting this, it’s awesome!

  • 48 megan // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Sara – Sur La Table was out of them, so I found this one at Mrs. Cook’s in U Village. Link is just above at the end of the entry in the list of resources.

  • 49 Lisa // Mar 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Wow! I am waaaay to busy to do anything this involved this year, but I’m thinking the stuffings could stuff a plastic egg… Hmmm… :-)

  • 50 Cakelaw // Mar 31, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    These are fabulous!

  • 51 Holly // Apr 1, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I do not think I will be taking these on this yea–but next year, these are definitely on my list…now what else could I use a dremel for???

  • 52 Katherine // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Wow these are extremely creative. I wouldnt have known that they were real eggs. Great job..

  • 53 Wendy // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Thanks so much for all the details! Especially the tip about the gold powder.

    We’ve done the chocolate eggs before and the kids loved it. Your goodie-filled ones are fantastic.

  • 54 Suzanne // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Holy cow! You’re amazing.

  • 55 Connie // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

    That’s a lot of work but so cute in the end. I’m in awe :)

  • 56 AlizaEss // Apr 1, 2010 at 7:39 am


    Thanks for the link to Martha’s incredible chocolate-filled egg project… but I think I like the toy filled version even more! Kudos.

    Found about your site through Twitter and I’m a fan already!

  • 57 Whim Wham // Apr 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Wow! That’s some Easter dedication! Anyone who receives one of those for Easter is lucky indeed. Beautiful and cool!

  • 58 Kim // Apr 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Amazing! Beautiful! What lucky friends you have!

  • 59 Hope // Apr 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

    wow these are amazing!

  • 60 Ev // Apr 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Megan, I gotta say, I have such admiration for you! Your projects just knock me out. My coworker made hallowigs in different colors for us one year, based on your design. Maybe I can get her to make us these gorgeous eggs….

  • 61 Lindsey // Apr 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

    OMG you are my idol.

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  • 63 Leslie // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Jeezopee is this amazing. I’m speechless, jealous, and in awe all at once. Fantastic!

  • 64 Natasha // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    These are incredible and so much cooler than the original MS version. The Kinder egg-like coating, the filling inside…”crack me”? I love them!

  • 65 Brie // Apr 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Megan are all your pics taken with your Canon XSi? What additional lenses do you have if any? Looking to upgrade, and I’ve always been a fan of your pics! Thanks in advance for any info.

    ps- Kinder eggs rule! Although, like nutella, they seem to taste better in Europe.

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  • 67 megan // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you again so much to everybody for the compliments, I really appreciate them!

  • 68 megan // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Brie – Yes, these were all taken with the XSi on days where it was alternately sunny/thunderstorming so the white balance is all over the place (still working on that). Close in shots would be done with the kit lens, and anything a bit further back (shots of groups of eggs, the drying rack) was done using the inexpensive Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, which is much recommended. You cannot focus close up or zoom with this lens, but it does capture light really nicely.

  • 69 cburnsi // Apr 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Megan, I love this project and Kinder eggs. I’m dying my shells now and I can’t wait to fill them! thanks for the inspiration.
    In return I offer a shopping suggestion. PFI. They stock Callebaut chocolates, including white. You can buy whole bars (11 lbs?) or smaller chunks.
    Thanks, again!

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  • 71 amanda // Apr 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Holy Smokes!!! These are beautiful and amazing. I can’t imagine getting such an amazing gift from anyone. I hope your friends know how luck they are! :)

  • 72 tina // Apr 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    wait, i thought you were supposed to be *not* martha…these eggs are a phenomenal feat!

  • 73 Ellen // Apr 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    These are hands-down the best project I’ve seen for this year. After reading your post this morning, all knitting has ceased for the weekend, and these will be made for our Easter Sunday brunch. I think I’m making 18. Didn’t have an egg topper, I used a push pin and then very carefully cut a hole with my super sharp and pointy needlework scissors. So far so good – dying tonight!

  • 74 Ernie // Apr 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    OMG, these are the most gorgeous eggs I’ve ever seen! I should get me one of those egg topper gadgets. Maybe it’s time to make some waffles, souffles, and custards so I have a reason to break some eggs.

  • 75 CAROLINE // Apr 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    THEY’RE GORGEOUS!! But wow, it looks so time-consuming.

  • 76 Kaitlin // Apr 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    These are gorgeous!!! I love them!

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  • 78 Laura // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Seriously. Amazingly. Gorgeous! You did a GREAT job!
    New to your blog and love it!

  • 79 Linda N. // Apr 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I LURVE these! They are so damned cute!!! I want to make them for a holiday to give out, and I just hope I have the patience to do it! :-) You are awesome! I loved the little gingerbread houses for the edge of a mug too!

  • 80 The Lady Chooses // Apr 2, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Wow! I was looking for some fun ways to dye eggs for Easter and found this post! The eggs look amazing!

  • 81 Jenn // Apr 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

    They are super duper cute!!! I think my kids would like them!

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  • 84 Sandyland // Apr 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Gorgeous! My 9-year-old and I are going to try it!

  • 85 Barbara // Apr 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Awesome!!! I can’t wait to make these and just by looking at the photos it looks so easy :) Thanks for sharing!

  • 86 Ellen (boltandfrolic) // Apr 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    What a beautiful labor of love! A real joy to see and read. Thank you.

  • 87 Brenda // Apr 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! And … I have a dremel already! :D

  • 88 mollusk // Apr 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I just finished a small batch of these gorgeous eggs, following your amazingly detailed instructions…and it is quite possibly the most satisfying thing I’ve done all week! (I used a mixture of Trader Joe’s swiss milk chocolate & swiss 72% dark chocolate which worked like a charm)

  • 89 Kathy Howe // Apr 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely awesome!

  • 90 Teresa // Apr 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I just finished some of these myself. Instead of using a hot knife to to seal it. I instead used some left over chocolate and a small knife to smear it around the opening of the bottom. This was great to try!

  • 91 damaris // Apr 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    This is amazing! good job.

  • 92 Molly Lee // Apr 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Wow! I love this so much! Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve listed this craft with my favorite Easter crafts on my blog:


  • 93 Iyang // Apr 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    truly amazing and gorgeous! what a labor of love!

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    I am in awe of your talent.

  • 96 Karen // Apr 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Absolutely Awesome!
    The detail is amazing, thank you for sharing this. I’m inspired to try these.

  • 97 Annie Pazoo // Apr 7, 2010 at 5:35 am

    omg, Megan. these are beyond description – amazing. time to change the name of the blog — cause I think you now are martha (or have surpassed martha, especially when you consider that she has a cast of 100’s to actually create the stuff).

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  • 99 Kris // Apr 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Wow, I read later that Scott brought a few of these to work and I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to see the real thing. These are so absolutely gorgeous.

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  • 102 Lauretta // Apr 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    These are amazing! Thank-you for sharing these instructions. I would like to attempt them sometime.

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  • 105 Artist & Craftsman Supply // Apr 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

    A brilliant article! thanks so much for the link to Artist & Craftsman Supply.

  • 106 Dawn // Jul 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

    These are beautifull, almost seems a shame to break them open, if it wasn’t for all the goodies stuffed inside. I love the colour you choose for the eggs, I also liked the speckled ones it gives them a funky natural look.

  • 107 Büyü // Sep 3, 2010 at 3:02 am

    These are beautifull, almost seems a shame to break them open, if it wasn’t for all the goodies stuffed inside. I love the colour you choose for the eggs, I also liked the speckled ones it gives them a funky natural look.

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  • 109 Shelly // Sep 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Have you ever tried using chocolate from ? I use their organic chocolate to make my concoctions and it is fabulous. They also have a beautiful chocolate that you don’t need to temper, and tastes almost as good as the tempered stuff. And if you get lost trying to figure out what to get, they will help you. The chocolate stays liquid longer too, which makes it easy to work with. I am making these eggs for Christmas, and going to paint them with Russian designs. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 110 Gabrielle // Sep 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    With everything that I have seen so far on your blog, seems to me that you have been to Brasil or some place alike it before, would I be right? I lived in Brasil for 12-13 years and I used to always eat these Kinder Surprise Eggs. I have never seen them here before and just read something about them being banned in the USA for a couple of reasons. Now, I guess my question is, where have you eaten them before? :)

  • 111 megan // Sep 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Gabrielle – I have not been to Brazil, but I have been to Italy, which is where I first learned about Kinder Eggs. Kinder Eggs are technically illegal to sell here in the US but that rule isn’t enforced too strictly and I’ve seen stacks and stacks of them available in import stores in both San Francisco and Seattle.

  • 112 Leo @ Easter Chocolate // Nov 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Such beautiful creations. I’m really looking forward to this next Easter. I will definitely apply what you have shared here with us. Thanks!

  • 113 carol // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

    These and the ‘easy’ version remind me of the eggs that are cracked in Guatemala for All Souls Day/Halloween. The eggs are cracked at the bottom (if you crack them gently by rolling them around the edge of a bowl works well), dyed in vibrant colors and then stuffed with paper confetti. Tissue paper is then glued to the bottom and let to dry.

    Kids are then given the eggs in baskets and let loose to smash the eggs on top of our heads to let the confetti go. I don’t remember the reason nor the meaning of the confetti egg (I’ll have to touch base later) but I do know it was a riot. I have memories of me running around dressed up as Minnie Mouse cracking eggs on my friend’s heads. Sort of like a snow ball fight but its an egg.


  • 114 carol // Dec 12, 2010 at 9:09 am

    These and the ‘easy’ version remind me of the eggs that are cracked in Guatemala for All Souls Day/Halloween. The eggs are cracked at the bottom (if you crack them gently by rolling them around the edge of a bowl works well), dyed in vibrant colors and then stuffed with paper confetti. Tissue paper is then glued to the bottom and let to dry.

    Kids are then given the eggs in baskets and let loose to smash the eggs on top of our heads to let the confetti go. I don’t remember the reason nor the meaning of the confetti egg (I’ll have to touch base later) but I do know it was a riot. I have memories of me running around dressed up as Minnie Mouse cracking eggs on my friend’s heads. Sort of like a snow ball fight but its an egg.


  • 115 Lynnae // Mar 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for this fabulous idea!

  • 116 carol // Mar 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    what do you use to dip home made easter eggs into the chocolate? THANK YOU CAROL

  • 117 Rachel Harwood // Mar 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I just LOVE these! I have featured your post in my Easter Inspirations as one of my favorite ideas on the web. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • 119 gebrichi // Mar 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I make these eggs every Easter since my daughter was small (she’s 30 now!) but I cover the hole with an Easter sticker and put them sticker side down in an eggcup and serve them as a breakfast surprise. Always brings lots of cheers!

  • 120 Sarah // Mar 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I made these last year. Is there a trick to make sure the chocolate doesn’t stick to the inside of the egg? The kids had a hard time getting the chocolate off and my nephew even ended up eating the shell. ha ha

  • 121 megan // Mar 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Sarah – Tempered chocolate should shrink as it cools and not stick to the shells, tempering chocolate can be tricky though. You might consider getting chocolate flavored candy, I used it in most of these pictures and found it worked really well and didn’t stick.

  • 122 Sarah // Mar 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm


  • 123 Tracey - Temporary Tattoos // Mar 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Mmm…these look delicous and really beautiful. Looks like it took quite a bit of effort, but nice job! I like all the pictures you’ve included and it’s great you gave so much detail! Thanks :)

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  • 126 Erilyn // Apr 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    these are amazing!!!

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  • 128 Оленька // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:38 am

    ВАУ!!! Просто шикарно! Великолепно!!!

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  • 132 Janet // Apr 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

    A suggestion for the sealing process: After your moulded peices have cooled, use a mini heat gun (like those used for embossing on paper) and soften the seals slightly, then press the open edge of the egg to the seal. Not sure if it will work, but worth a try.

  • 133 Nancy // Apr 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

    These are awesome. I am so sick of Martha taking credit for her entire crew of workers ideas. Glad to see you give her a run for her money.

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  • 135 Sarah // Apr 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I filled 16 of these last night and started handing them out to coworkers, my boss broke his open and the membrane from the egg was still inside, over the whole chocolate layer, any suggestion on how to remove this before lining with chocolate? I had already run my finger around the inside of the egg, but that membrane apparently made it through that, sterilization and dying.
    I’ll totally make these again, once I figured out how to dye the eggs a deeper color and how quick that could go (with the right supplies) it was a snap to put everything together!

  • 136 megan // Apr 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Sarah – I’m so sorry! I’m afraid I don’t have any advice for you. I used eggs from a natural foods market, they weren’t very expensive but they might have been a bit fresher than the eggs I find in regular grocery stores. Sorry I cannot be more help.

  • 137 Krista // Apr 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I was just about to ask about the membrane as well. I wasn’t sure if you left it or removed it after reading the post. I have broken so many of the empty shells trying to remove it and I wasn’t sure if it was necessary. I see that I should definitely remove that membrane! Worth the extra work. This is great post and I cannot wait to see how mine turn out. Thanks!

  • 138 Hilary // Apr 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I didn’t want to give my neices and nephews the shells. So after some testing I was able to remove the shell by putting the white chocolate layer first and then the dark choc inside. I got colored white chic wafers at ac Moore. When you removed the white egg shells they looked really pretty, but I still decorated them with royal icing. Thanks for the idea. Everyone loved them!

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  • 140 Jo // May 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Wow such talent (and patience!)

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  • 142 Heather // Jul 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Classy Kinder Surprise Eggs.

    I love it.

  • 143 kittentoes // Jan 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I have chickens! I can do this! With dark chocolate! Take that, FDA!

  • 144 Anna M. // Jan 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Brilliant idea.

  • 145 Julie // Mar 20, 2012 at 6:57 am

    They are so beautiful, and your tutorial was so informative. Thanks for all of the tips, and thanks for your final comment that perhaps these aren’t the best things for small children (better for adults). I would have gone through all of the effort, only to have my little ones frustrated (or my hard work thrown in the trash!). I will bookmark this one for the future- or an Easter Brunch as place cards (paint names on them?).

  • 146 theperfectnose // Mar 24, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Omygosh you took so much time and effort on these! Thanks for sharing.

  • 147 Mardou // Mar 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I so much love this idea and will try it for myself soon! I featured it on my blog here at

  • 148 Helen // Mar 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I started making these this week following your instructions and I have to say – these are so much easier than Martha’s. I made those a few years ago (with a dremmel!) and the egg topper is easier to use and results in fewer cracked eggs. Your process is frustration free! Thank you for inspiring me to try this again!

  • 149 Mini Piccolini // Apr 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    WOW. I am in awe. What a daunting project – but they turned out gorgeous!

  • 150 Erin // Apr 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve had this bookmarked for almost a year. I am making these today with my 5 yr old daughter. I’m having really good luck coating the insides by rolling them like a cement mixer in my hand. I think I’ll be sealing them with a “thin mint” style cookie (it seems nobody in my area sells plain chocolate wafter cookies). Thanks for the great instructions!

  • 151 Chris North // Mar 28, 2013 at 7:38 am

    You have the patience of a bloody saint. I so want to make these, but dang. Please give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for tackling a project that most of us (except maybe some of your readers) wouldn’t dream of taking on. But I’m saving your site in my “favorites” cache. :)

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