Easter Egg Tapping or Egg Wars, as it is known to some, is a tradition in my family that has been going on for close to 40 years. We can’t simply color Easter eggs, hide them, and then eat them like most families. We need to make a competition out of it. Everyone from the little kids to grandparents participate for that year’s bragging rights.
Easter Egg Wars is simple. Two opponents each take a hard boiled egg and hit the pointed ends or fat end together. The winner of that round is the person whose egg did not crack. In the next round, the winners square off against other winners. This is repeated until there is one person left whose egg is fully intact or has one end that is not broken.
How My Family Plays the Game
While there are probably as many variations of the game as there are families, this is how my family played Eggs Tapping this year.
First, you needs eggs. Make sure you buy enough eggs so that every guest gets to play. While we just throw the eggs into a pot and boil them, some people get really serious about their eggs. Some “boil their best eggs inside a cardboard carton” to maintain the eggs pointed end down to ensure there are no air pockets in the eggs.
Our family is not that serious about our eggs and we also like the uncertainty of each egg and where the air pockets could be.
How to boil eggs:
- Find a pot big enough to hold all your eggs.
- Fill the pot with cold water until all eggs are covered.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, boil the eggs for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, drain the water and then fill the pot with cold water. As the water gets warm, drain and replace with cold water. Repeat this process until the water stops getting warm.
Now the fun part begins for the kids and some adults, too. It’s time to decorate the eggs. We use the Paas Easter Eggs Decorating kit.
Some years, we’ve tried coloring half of the egg one color and the other half of the egg another color. However, most years we just color the eggs a solid color. This year, Jude really got into coloring eggs. He had the patience to sit down and gently lower the egg into the cup and wait while his eggs colored. He asked to have his initial written on the egg because I was doing it for his cousins. The wax crayon that is included in the kit doesn’t work that great, but he was happy with the result.
Let the Games Begin
After Easter dinner is finished, it is time to roll out the eggs and let the games begin. This is the point where the kids pick out the egg that they decorated. The rest of the players grab a dyed egg from the carton at random.
Once everyone has an egg, each player pairs up with an opponent to his or her left or right. Once you have your opponent, you start by holding your egg with the pointed end facing out. Then, one person holds his or her egg still while the other person “taps” the egg that is being held by the opponent.
The winner is the person whose egg did not crack. Now, if you are the loser, there is still time for redemption. Both opponents can turn their eggs around so the fat end is showing. Then, the person who did the tapping the time before holds his or her egg while the other person gets the chance to tap the opponent’s egg.
At this point, the one person from the group has both ends broken and they are out of the game. However, if each opponent still has one end that is not broken, they can go to other people at the table and find an opponent who has a matching end.
Once you have your opponent, repeat the process as you did the first time by having one opponent hold his or her egg while the other person “taps” the egg that is being held by the opponent. The winner then needs to find another opponent at the table and keep repeating the process until there is no one left.
The last person standing with an unbroken egg or with an egg that has at least one end unbroken is the winner. Congratulations! That person has the bragging rights and all the accolades that come with being an Egg Tapping champion for that year.
If you want to play a trick on someone, you could color one or more non-boiled eggs and hand those out to people whom you want to play a trick on. Once their egg is tapped, their egg cracks and creates a big mess. So, if you are thinking of pulling this over on someone, make sure you are ready to clean up the mess or run away from them. I played this trick on a family member 15 years ago, and the raw egg got all over their clothes. Even after all the wiping with paper towel, their clothes were still sticky and wet the rest of the day. Hint: One way to check to make sure your egg is boiled is by spinning your egg. If your egg spins easily on its side, it is boiled. If is does not spin or barely spins, it is not boiled.
The eggs meet their demise
Once the champion is crowned, there is one thing left to do. It is time to peel the eggs and eat them. While most of the kids at this point are done with the game and have no interest in eating a boiled egg, Jude loves this part. Add a little salt and pepper to the egg and he will sit there and polish a couple of them off.
By the way, if you are curious, my father won this year’s competition. Does your family partake in Egg Tapping during Easter? Or do you have another Easter tradition that you or your family partake in?