Easter Eggs: Eat them, or Throw them out?

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Painted easter eggs

Painted easter eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a debate brewing in our family. Do we eat the colored Easter Eggs, or do we just throw them out?

Many hours were spent coloring the eggs. This morning my son saw one of the colored egg shells in the garbage. He ran into the living room, where I was actually reading the paper, and looked like he just found out the Easter Bunny wasn’t real. He looked at me and asked, with trembling bottom lip, “What happened to the yellow and pink eggs? Why they all cwacked (yes, I spelled it like that, because he pronounces it like that)?”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him Daddy ate them. So I said “Eggs are very fragile, sometimes they crack. And once they crack, they have to go in the garbage. We’ll make more next Easter. No worries!” The Boy seemed to be okay with this, moved onto the next issue at hand (and I won’t get into that on this particular post.)

So this leaves me with the mind blowing question: Eat the colored Easter Eggs, or Throw them out? I’m of the side that says (even though I’m frugal) to throw them out, because that egg coloring garbage seeps through and gets on the eggs. Others in our home, I won’t name any names, say we can eat them. In his mind “It can’t be any worse than some of the artificial coloring on M&M’s.” Which he’s probably right, but really. If we’re going to be eating the eggs after Easter is over, we should be using something else to color them that’s NOT TOXIC to eat.

So I throw this out to the people out there who color Easter eggs: Eat them, or Throw them out?


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