Recently, when shopping for eggs, I saw a carton of pre-dyed Easter eggs and I thought to myself, why would anyone buy these?
I did a little research and found out that they are available from a company called Almark Foods, who supplied them to my local Kroger store. They are marketed as “colored Easter eggs.”
Everything I saw online about pre-dyed Easter eggs was critical, judgmental, and opinionated about the appropriate way to achieve dyed Easter eggs.
Pre-dyed Easter eggs. Because Jesus was all about taking shortcuts. #WTH –Father Tim via Twitter
Are we so lazy we can’t dye our own eggs for Easter!? I understand buying the pre hard-boiled eggs every once and a while. Just makes getting dinner done a little easier. No way am I going to buy pre-dyed Easter Eggs. It takes all the fun out of what should be an enjoyable activity to do with your kids. Oh, and what are we teaching our kids when you bring home pre-dyed Easter Eggs? That cutting corners is the way to go? I’m sorry, but if you don’t have the time to boil some eggs wait for them to cool and slap some paint on those bad boys, than maybe you should just skip that entire part of Easter. Am I wrong?
How about we focus on the positive that someone wants to have them available to a child and assume the best about that person?
Popular opinion makes fun of pre-dyed eggs, but when might it make sense?
It takes 8-10 minutes to hard boil eggs. The dye must set for about 5 minutes. Time is not a luxury to everyone. That 13-18 minutes might be better spent decorating, interacting with, and teaching your child…about the true meaning of Easter.
These “colored Easter eggs” would be great if you:
- don’t have time to boil
- don’t have time to dye
- would rather decorate than dye
- forgot about dying eggs until late Saturday night or early Sunday morning
- have an older kid can help younger kids get straight to the decorating phase
- don’t care what anyone else thinks about the parenting choices you make and will gladly take advantage of a convenience anytime you see fit
Maybe Craft Parade got it right:
Pre-dye the eggs for the kids (if you want to avoid the mess) and let them adorn the Easter eggs with fun craft flowers, crystals, and/or stickers for a mess-free decorating day! via Pinterest
If you’d rather take the traditional route, you will want to read my post on How to Dye Easter Eggs. This is a fun activity you do with friends and family.
What do you think of pre-dyed Easter eggs?
I buy them now that my daughter is a teenager and isn’t interested in dying eggs. We still like to have colorful eggs around for color and cheer, but we are all over having to dye them ourselves. So we just buy a carton or two of these, put them out with Easter dinner and then snack on them throughout the week.
I definitely would buy them. Also have teenagers who aren’t interested in dying eggs but love the “tradition” of having them. I end up doing the prep and the clean-up. Time is a luxury because I work two jobs.