Friday, March 15, 2013

Create Colorful Easter Eggs Online and Off with Heinz Vinegar and PAAS {Review}

Along with the chocolate and the candy and the thrill of the egg hunts, dying Easter eggs is a tradition that I can remember back from my childhood. Is there anything more fun than dipping that clean, white egg into a cup of fizzing liquid and watching the hues immediately appear?

Unfortunately for my kids, my husband doesn't feel the same way and will do just about anything to get out of dying Easter eggs each year, often claiming that his aversion to the smell of hard-boiled eggs makes him exempt from the process. Sure, Honey. Whatever.

This year, however, there are no excuses. Because, with Easter just weeks away, it is now possible to have a great time decorating colorful eggs... while also contributing to a great cause! Thanks to the app to help you do just that and a fun line of egg decorating kits from PAAS and Heinz Vinegar.

PAAS Heinz logo

What a perfect partnership! Heinz Vinegar and PAAS Easter Egg Dyeing Kits have collaborated to debut the Easter Egg Decorator iPad app, available both online via desktop or laptop computer as well as through iTunes.

This cute FREE app is a great way to let your kids virtually dye, decorate and share all sorts of ultra-vibrant Easter eggs without the mess. No having to lay out newspaper to cover the table or smell the hard-boiled eggs (assuming that's an issue with you as well), instead this gives the ability to select the colors, add paint, use glitter glue, decorate with chalk, and more.

Easter Egg app

But Heinz and PAAS didn't just create this app for entertainment, they've made it philanthropic as well. Now through March 31st, when you decorate and share a virtual Easter egg with family and friends, Heinz and PAAS will donate $1, up to $25,000, to Make-A-Wish. How great is that!

online egg decorating

As much fun as Big Sister E and Little Sister B were having dying their virtual eggs, when an Easter basket of goodies from Heinz and PAAS arrived, they were more than ready to move on to the real thing.

Easter Basket

We couldn't wait to unpack the new PAAS decorating kits, a bottle of Heinz Vinegar to help make colors vivid and bright, coupons, egg decorating tips and more!

PAAS Heinz Easter Basket

While the girls dug into the jellybeans, I was sure to follow two great Easter Egg dying tips as I prepared our eggs and work area:
  • To help keep hard-cooked eggs from cracking, add two tablespoons of Heinz Distilled White Vinegar per quart of water before placing the eggs in the pot. The shells will also peel off faster and easier when they're done. 
  • For the brightest, most vivid colors, add one tablet and three tablespoons of Heinz Distilled White Vinegar to a PAAS Color Cup or a one-cup container. Once the tablet has dissolved, add ½ cup water and stir gently.
Then it was time to get decorating!

dying Easter eggs

PAAS has been around for more than 130 years and, as far as I'm concerned, Easter isn't the same without them. This year, in addition to the other great products that they already had to help you turn your eggs into any number of cheerful colors and designs, they have introduced a variety of fun new egg decorating kits and accessories. A sample include:
  • Volcano Eggsplosion: Drip melted crayon shavings over your eggs to provide instant color and beautiful, unique designs that are one-of-a-kind.
  • Touch of Velvet: Including three different colors of easy-to-apply velvet, this kit uses double stick adhesives and flocking powder to create fun, fuzzy shapes on your Easter creations.
  • Deggorating Doodles: Use the four food grade markers right on your egg's shell for the ultimate in creativity and design!
  • Marble: Create marvelously marbled eggs as a powerful color twists into beautiful shapes, with a lighter, paler color beneath.
  • Oh So Chic: Combining the sparkling glamour of rhinestones and the traditional fun of egg-dyeing, these glitzy pink and silver designs will turn your eggs into stylish pieces of art. 
  • Egg Stampers: After dyeing your eggs, press these kid friendly stamps against the shells to add fun decorations!
We received the Touch of Velvet, Volcano Eggsplosion and Deggorating Doodles kits and the girls absolutely loved them! They were easily able to color with the Deggorating Doodle markers and thought that the fuzzy shapes from the Touch of Velvet kit were extremely cool.

It took a little more finagling to do the Volcano Eggsplosion kit, as we couldn't touch the hot eggs, but those ended up being really interesting — the kids loved seeing the crayon shavings melt right onto the eggs!

decorating Easter eggs

While I remember simply placing eggs into the dye and possibly using a white crayon for a little pizazz, PAAS has definitely come a long way over the years in making Easter egg dying a fun, imaginative, creative time for everyone.

Easter eggs

Every year, Americans dye and decorate more than 180 million eggs during the Easter season, so be sure to do it right with Heinz and PAAS!

Heinz Distilled White Vinegar (approximately $1.34/16-ounce bottle and $1.99/32-ounce bottle) and PAAS egg decorating kits (approximately $4.25/each) can be found at most major grocery, drug and mass market stores near you. You can also find out more about these great brands at and

And don't forget to head over to to use the free Easter Egg Decorator App to have fun and to make a donation to Make-A-Wish!

I was provided free product samples for review by Heinz and PAAS in conjunction with my membership to Team Mom, however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Anonymous said...

We love coloring eggs. I'm heading to the store tomorrow I want the oh so chic one, how fun!!! PAAS and vinegar is the only way to do it!!

Paula V said...

Easter egg coloring is so fun. I don't have kids and I've not done it since I was a kid. Love it though.

Liz Mays said...

Love all the swirls and shapes on those. You know I love me some PAAS anyhow!

Unknown said...

I can't wait until we color Easter eggs this year - it is one of the most fun family events, Paas and Heinz vinegar are staples for our family

Anonymous said...

i LOVE dying eggs. favorite part of Easter

Anonymous said...

love the glitter eggs

knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

Mikaela said...

Cant wait until we color our eggs this year! My daughter's finally old enough to help a little. I just bought a pack of the egg stampers so I'm glad to know they work!

slehan said...

We used to draw on the eggs with crayons before we dyed them and they would turn out great. I like the shaved crayons idea.

Unknown said...

I've always loved coloring Easter eggs, but my son has an egg allergy. I love the virtual egg decorating for him, so he'll get to share in the fun - and even better that it's a benefit for Make-A-Wish!

yonca said...

Aria and I love coloring eggs! Yesterday I got a new basket for them:)

Unknown said...

gotta love it. :-)

Unknown said...

I love all the various ways to decorate the eggs beyond just normal dip dye! My favorites have to be the Deggorating Doodle markers and the Volcano Eggsplosion crayon shavings! Egg decorating is so much more creative and cool looking with all these new embellisment techniques!

slehan said...

Now I just have to find some kids who want to do this egg decorating with me. So many ways to do it.

slehan at juno dot com

Sarah B said...

That brings back memories. We used Paas and vinegar for our decorating. And the little wire scooper! Wow the cool gadgets they've added.

Unknown said...

Cant wait to dye them this year with my granddaughter!! I am using Kool Aid this year to dye my eggs!!

slehan said...

Found out my friends will be doing Easter eggs this weekend so I can show off some of my skills.

Susan Johnson said...

PAAS has so many fun varieties of kits for Easter egg dying these days! The markers, glitter, velvet, stamps and marbling make me more excited than the kids! I really love the fact that PAAS is donating to Make-A-Wish, it's a wonderful charity!

Paula V said...

PAAS....the trademark of Easter eggs. Love the pics...something so refreshing about colored eggs.

slehan said...

We had lots of fun making eggs today. Got to try the shaved crayons. Pretty.

slehan at juno dot com

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

The glitter eggs are really cute. They have so many more options now than they used to. I love it!

Paula V said...

Not that I'm complaining but I'm finding it hard to find non-giveaway posts to post on. LOL. You have so many lovely giveaways. Here's to Easter coming soon...get those eggs boiled and colored. :-)


We have been using Heinz to color Easter eggs ever since the kids were small. Now they have their own Children and use it the same

Unknown said...

I love dying easter eggs with my grandbabies!!!