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How to make a heart shaped egg

September 29, 2010

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In my previous post, I did a how to make cube shaped & pyramid shaped hard boiled eggs. (see “how to mold a hard boiled egg”)It was a lot of fun making the molds, but some of you must be thinking “Yeah, but that’s a lot of work to make a mold for a hard boiled egg…” and I completely agree. I’m just a nut. So I’ll show you a very easy & popular method to mold a hard boiled egg in Japan.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

[How to make a <3 shaped hard boiled egg]
- Egg
- Milk carton or any juice carton (cut open, washed well and dried)
- Chopstick (round one is ideal)
- Rubber bands

Step 1: Cut milk carton and fold it in half lengthwise.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

This is all you need. (besides an egg) The milk carton is about 3″ X 8″.

Step 2: Make a hard boiled egg.

Step 3: While the egg is still warm, peel the egg and put the egg on the milk carton, place a chopstick on the center of the egg, and put rubber bands on the both ends.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

If you don’t have a round chopstick maybe you can put a skewer inside a straw and use it. (If you use a disposable chopstick, the middle part of the heart will probably look funky.)

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Make sure the egg is freshly boiled and warm. Otherwise the egg might break from the pressure.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s hard to see but you want the chopstick to dig into the egg.

Step 4: Leave it for about 10 minutes. (Keep the egg in the fridge if it’s summer time.)

Step 5: Take the chopstick off and cut the egg in half.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Hard boiled eggs are so soft, smooth and easily modified.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

It’s cute as is.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

But the heart shaped yolk makes it even more adorable! Also every pair is very unique, so no other pair is like it! Kind of romantic, isn’t it?

How make a heart shaped egg <3

You can put them in the bento just as they are.

How make a heart shaped egg <3

Or you can cut the bottom of the egg to make them stand.

This is great for beginners of both kyaraben makers and eaters. It doesn’t require any special technique or ingredients. Also I think it can be awesome finger food at a party. You don’t need a special mold so you can make a lot of them at the same time. Put seasoning on the top like salt, egg, ketchup, anything to dress them up or you can make deviled eggs with them.  It’s easy, and a delicious way to tell someone how much you <3 them. :)

Check out How to make a heart shaped egg on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at AnnaTheRed[at]gmail.com!

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JeffNo Gravatar October 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

Do you think I could make a ‘mushroom’ shaped egg this way? I looked all over for an egg mold for mushrooms but couldn’t find one…

I wonder if it would work with an elastic band around the bottom of the egg to make the ‘mushroom button’…. although it might have to be a rather large (wide) elastic band.

thoughts?

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=]No Gravatar April 24, 2011 at 9:21 am

uh, wouldnt ur egg get the rubber band smell n taste if u do that??

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jeroNo Gravatar November 3, 2011 at 2:58 am

oh come on… the rubber band is inches away to the egg… are you blind? >.<

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KeyoNo Gravatar December 8, 2011 at 4:31 am

Jero, re-read the first post. Jeff WAS intending to use the band directly on the egg…
Jeff, I don’t think the elastic band would work, though Willowlove’s suggestion seems plausible!
Anyway, thanks for the tutorial! :)

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WillowloveNo Gravatar April 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm

take a pice of milk carton and wrap it half way around the egg. tie with rubber band then put in fridge or something… your welcome! <3 ;D

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Madison MagdziarzNo Gravatar November 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Well maybe you can take 2 round chopsticks and do the same basic idea, except on each side about a quarter down the egg….and then it might look like a mushroom?

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BarbNo Gravatar October 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Too cute! Thanks for sharing.

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Wendy LeowNo Gravatar October 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

I tried this! It really works! Thanks

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TomNo Gravatar October 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Thanks :D . I tried this 15 mins ago and it worked~~ The rod I used didn’t press the egg hard enough but the heart shape is still pretty visible :) . I’m gonna eat this lovely egg~~

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ChloeNo Gravatar February 3, 2011 at 4:41 am

can hard boiled eggs last at around 28 to 32 degrees for two or three hours?

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar February 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

Are you trying to freeze the eggs in the freezer? If so, I can’t tell you for sure since I’ve never done it, but I’ll usually keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a few days and they’re fine.

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AJNo Gravatar October 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

I think 28 to 32 degrees is referring to Celsius temperature, which would be (I’m guessing) around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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LauraNo Gravatar February 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Grazie Anna

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MarcelaNo Gravatar February 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

Great idea!!!!!!!!

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Ashlea WalterNo Gravatar February 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

Heart-shaped eggs? Wow, this is fantastic! I have never seen anything like this. Who knew?!

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GiniNo Gravatar February 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

AWESOME! If only I’d gotten up early enough to see this and make some for my love. :)

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graceNo Gravatar February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

absolutely brilliant.

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LPNo Gravatar February 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in weeks!!!

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WinkypediaNo Gravatar February 15, 2011 at 6:00 am

This is such a sweet way to craft an egg. very creative! well done!

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SunitNo Gravatar February 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

That is absolutely awesome! I only wish I saw this a few days ago.

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CookieNo Gravatar February 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

How do you cut them.

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar February 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

Cookie,
You can just cut it like a regular hard boiled egg. :)

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DavidNo Gravatar February 20, 2011 at 7:06 am

thanks, cute idea, will use at next dinner party, but first to make one for my dear wife who’s a heart freak, collects them in all shapes and sizes and materials…

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AndreaNo Gravatar February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm

David, if your wife likes hearts, you need to see my glass pieces. I make lampwork beads and focals using colored glass rods and a torch. Right now, (because of the holiday) I have hearts with what looks like feathers, or wings… :-)
If you’re interested, look me up at FACEBOOK.

Anna: LOVE the egg idea. :)

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SuzeNo Gravatar February 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

This is brillant! Too bad Valentine’s day has gone… :)

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Jennifer CoteNo Gravatar March 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

Love it. Makes you almost forget about the cholesterol, haha!

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AikoVenusNo Gravatar March 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I love this post and your site! I love making bento boxes and now that I’m a vegan I have to use different ingredients/methods at times – but it’s the spirit that counts I guess.

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JeanetteNo Gravatar March 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

What a clever idea!

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DoritNo Gravatar April 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

What a wonderful idea!!

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AmyNo Gravatar April 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

thats soo cooolll we have boiled eggs , greek yogurt and beans every friday morning for breakfast its an egyptian tradition, this would make it soo excitingg:D thank uuu

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sophistimomNo Gravatar April 16, 2011 at 3:01 am

I am so impressed. You are amazing. I will definitely try this.

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RadjNo Gravatar April 18, 2011 at 1:24 am

Gr8 u people u do not lack immagination …… thnx 4 the post
really liked the idea…
keep it up.

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Maris (In Good Taste)No Gravatar April 20, 2011 at 5:07 am

OMG! This is adorable!!!

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PC LimNo Gravatar April 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This is so cute…I would like to feature this post in my blog and share with my friends if you don’t mind. Please let me know if you are ok with it. Thks. love from Malaysia!

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar April 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

PC Lim,
Sorry for the late reply! And yes! Of course you can post it on your blog. Thanks!!

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aimanNo Gravatar April 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

so nice :) thanks :)

have anice day !

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CookieNo Gravatar April 24, 2011 at 2:26 am

this is beyond awesome!

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LuluNo Gravatar April 25, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love this so much!
I’m making bentos for my little sister, my best friend and myself right now, and am so putting one of these in each! They’re so cute.
The eggs I have are kind of small though… Hope it’ll work out okay. Wish me luck. ^^

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Mahbuba RahmanNo Gravatar July 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

AHHH THIS IS SO CUTE!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!

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KittyNo Gravatar July 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This is such an ingenious idea – I actually found it on a completely different website, and had to google “heart shaped hard boiled egg” to find your page! The other page (http://www.dumpaday.com/index.php/2011/07/simple-ideas-that-are-borderline-genius-40-pics/) went to the trouble to cut your watermark off all your pics, but didn’t include instructions….I hate people like that! But I heart your heart eggs, all day! <3

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MKCyraxNo Gravatar July 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

Look at Step 5

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Kevin (BBQ Smoker Site)No Gravatar July 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

This is so cool! I found this post via http://savoringtoday.com!

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Judy@Savoring TodayNo Gravatar February 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Kevin, you are such a nice guy, thanks for the shout out!

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andy roqueNo Gravatar July 31, 2011 at 3:08 am

GREAT IDEA!!! i saw this on instructables ….and followed the link to here i cant believe someone would try and steal your idea …boooo

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Lindsey @ Why Just EatNo Gravatar August 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

What a fantastic idea!! I can’t wait to give this a try :)

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MaaikeNo Gravatar September 2, 2011 at 2:17 am

easy and awesome :D

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Fotomama JauNo Gravatar September 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I made some this morning for my 6 yr old son. He loves eggs! Love your website. Thank you! :)

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TonjeNo Gravatar November 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

Great idea! Thank you.

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healthy pregnancyNo Gravatar November 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm

an absolutely perfect idea to refresh recipe of boiled eggs, i must say.
thank you for your share and looking forward to further blogs.
may be you can try with how to make fried eggs in heart shaped too.
http://www.5recipes.com/2011/11/heart-shaped-fried-eggs-snack.html

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otaNo Gravatar November 11, 2011 at 2:39 am

nice work!!!… well i was wondering if we could do the same to an ostrich egg? make the heart shaped BIGGER! :D

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IFeelCookNo Gravatar December 13, 2011 at 6:56 am

Amazing and super funny! I love your blog :D

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Fancy NancyNo Gravatar December 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

Thank you for your post , I love eggs and my mom make the dinner away include egg in like ingredient :0

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KevinNo Gravatar January 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I guess I need to find a girlfriend that likes hard boiled eggs.

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Night OwlNo Gravatar January 18, 2012 at 11:58 am
MCNo Gravatar January 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

There’s some facebook group that shared your images without crediting and put their own watermark on it.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=200059543418661&set=a.161273180630631.38248.161268170631132&type=1&theater

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Barbara GambleNo Gravatar January 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

Along the line you made with the chopstick? I’m a dope and am trying to visualize this… I’m sure I would figure it out after trying it but just wondering!

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar January 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

Which part are you confused about? Let me know which step you’re talking about, and I’ll help you!

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AshleyNo Gravatar February 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Just found this through a few jumps from a friend’s facebook, and I have to say this is amazing! My boyfriend LOVES deviled eggs, and with Valentine’s coming up…… *grins*

We aren’t a very “romantic” couple. I suggested the best thing would be to go to an electronics store and build a computer that night. And then watch some geeky movies. I think showing up to his place with a plate of heart shaped deviled eggs would be just romantic and cheesy enough for us.

Thank you!!

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Jimmy LiuNo Gravatar February 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

It makes me sad that someone from thailand stole this idea and presented it as her own (with your exact pictures) =[ love your work!

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annaNo Gravatar February 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

so cute, so glad i found this for valentine’s day lunches!

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LillianNo Gravatar February 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

YAY!!! I tried this and it worked! I’ll be sharing your link on my blog! Thank you!

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TinaNo Gravatar February 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I love your ideas! I love how art has sooooo many different styles! thanks for sharing! keep up the good work…hugs from Texas!

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MidwesternerNo Gravatar February 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

Such fun. I practiced the heart-shaped eggs this a.m. so I’m ready for next week. The dimensions of the cardboard \V\ are important for getting the right shape — 1.5 inches per side, 3 inches total, not 3 inches per side. My first practice egg came out more like sharp mountain peaks because the top of the egg was completely within the carton rather than free to remain curved on top.

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SaraNo Gravatar February 13, 2012 at 4:07 am

I’m gonna do this for valentine’s day tomorrow. Perfect that I found that today! Hugs from Sweden

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WienermaedelNo Gravatar February 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

It’s great, is it ok for you if I post it in my blog?
Thank you, have a nice Valentines-day – hugs from Vienna

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TiaBNo Gravatar February 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

You made my YEAR. LUV it!

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LindsayNo Gravatar February 14, 2012 at 2:37 am

This is fab! Love it.

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The Better BakerNo Gravatar February 14, 2012 at 5:20 am

What an adorable and easy idea! Love it – thanks so much!!!!

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DianaNo Gravatar February 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

A friend just linked me to this post and I made these heart eggs for my hubby’s Valentine’s Day breakfast. You can see that post here. Your tutorials are helpful and your bentos are outstanding. I’d also like to invite you to participate in a site I run called Bento Blog Network. We have a weekly themed bento meme. The meme starts on Friday and runs through Tuesday with voting for favorites on Wednesday & Thursday. The bento with the most votes is featured for the following week.

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SelenaNo Gravatar February 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thank you so much for this adorable idea! I tried to make my version today!
http://selenawong.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-february-fourteenth.html

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar March 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Sorry for the late reply! Your egg looks absolutely adorable! Is it okay if I put a photo of your heart shaped egg on the “your food” page on my blog, linking back to our blog?

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American Lifestyle & TravelNo Gravatar February 15, 2012 at 2:21 am

What a great idea! I bookmarked it for next year’s Valentines Day and also published it in my ePaper paper.li/T_W_O/1326445527

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Ramesh PrabhuNo Gravatar February 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

I must say that you inspired me to do something different this valentine’s day. Check out the results here… http://rameshprabhu.com/2012/02/14/happy-valentines-day/

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MaryNo Gravatar February 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My favorite new blog. I love hard-boiled eggs, and the cuter the better!

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The Flour GardenerNo Gravatar February 21, 2012 at 6:38 am

This is the most fun food thing I have seen in a very long time. What talent.

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KHNo Gravatar February 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm

hi anna,
I must say, I don’t usually leave comment on ppl blog. But yours is exceptional. Your love shaped egg idea, have given me idea of what to make for my wife on Valentine’s Day! She loves it soo much! I put the egg with japanese bento. :o ) thanks for your help!
Keep up the great work!

BR,
JB, Malaysia

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PatyuiNo Gravatar February 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

This is SO adorable!! At first I thought I couldn’t do it, but then I tried and it turned out perfect!! THANKS!!!!!

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SandyNo Gravatar March 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Wow!! It’s so adorable. Will u please send other updated decorations to my email every week? Thanks! :)

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noneNo Gravatar April 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm
AdrianaNo Gravatar June 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing :)
Really creative !!

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CharlotteNo Gravatar June 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

Love it! It’s incredible what we can do with what we have at home.

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SupriyaNo Gravatar July 20, 2012 at 1:22 am

Wow! Loved it…Thanks for sharing

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CorineNo Gravatar August 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Finally, i understand how this heart shape egg works. Thanks for sharing. :) .

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KNo Gravatar September 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

OMG looks so cute… I must make this for my mum. .What kind of carton do I use? How to cut it open?

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar September 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

It’s all in the post! :)

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jeannaNo Gravatar September 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

great idea my kids loved it. But i added an extra touch. put red food coloring in to dye the eggs into pink heart shaped eggs.

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MimiblueNo Gravatar November 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

Bonjour,

Je viens d’arriver sur cette page en suivant le lien depuis le blog Tezukiri.canalblog.com et je vais diffuser, sur mon blog personnel, votre recette pour faire des oeufs en forme de coeur. Je programme cette recette sur mon blog pour une parution le 13 février prochain, veille de la St Valentin.
Bien sûr, votre nom et les coordonnées de votre site sont mis en lien. Je ne donne pas la méthode mais je renvoie mes lecteurs vers vous. J’espère que cette procédure vous conviendra et je vous remercie pour cette belle et bonne idée. Bien cordialement !

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ChelNo Gravatar January 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

I know it’s been forever since you posted this, but!

I’ve seen things like this before and they always say to peel the eggs while they’re still warm. How do you do that? Do you dunk the eggs in ice water then peel?

I’ve had some trouble trying to make boiled eggs ….

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JemimaNo Gravatar January 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

Love this tip! I’d like to use it in my Swedish blog for Valentine! I will of course link back to you as the source of the tip and pictures. Hope this is OK. Thank you!

xxx
//Jemima

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deedeeNo Gravatar January 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

Wow, this is sweet! Thanks for sharing all the awesome tips here. I’m new in bento making and I’m glad to chance upon your blog. I’ve a heart-shaped mold but I always can’t find an egg that fits it to come out nicely. This is a better idea and can be used on eggs of any size! :D

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MeganNo Gravatar February 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

This is such a cute idea!

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Donna RaeNo Gravatar February 9, 2013 at 8:04 am

AWESOME!

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DianeNo Gravatar February 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Help! I tried this (twice) and the egg cracked as soon as it was squeezed just a little. What am I doing wrong?

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar February 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hi Diane

Freshly boiled eggs are very flexible and I’ve never had my eggs crack. Was the egg freshly boiled? (Molding has to be done when the egg is still warm.) Was the egg properly hard boiled? Does the chopstick (or anything you’re using) have a sharp edge?

Hope you’ll get a pretty heart shaped egg!

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Single Parents NetworkNo Gravatar February 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

I was searching for a way to make my 4 children valentine day special and I ran across your page on heart sharped eggs, I just wanted to let you know – Wow, What a wonderful idea and so simple.

I have chickens and have loads of eggs, and having all [growing ] boys, food is always a hit, so thanks for sharing this elegant, simple ideas.

Robin

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chadNo Gravatar February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I didn’t see if anybody suggested immersing your heart-shaped egg(s) into a container of beet juice, to dye the eggs red. I used to do this with regular hard-cooked eggs, and also put in some apple cider vinegar for red pickled eggs. Yum.

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Ellie@Fit for the SoulNo Gravatar February 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Omgsh, you are a geniuuuuuuus! They came out so cute and fun looking~I’m excited to browse through all your cool ideas on your blog :D

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ratemygfNo Gravatar March 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm

hmm…it gives me many ideas what i need to create to my girlfriend :P

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Casabelén BlogNo Gravatar May 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

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craig mcNo Gravatar November 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Dear Anna:

Thank you for sharing with all your interested readers your fine, and creative talents,
thank you for inspiring us to do such creative things with food we might never have
tried without your encouragement. You are a gem.

To your good health, and long success. C. Mc.

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macieNo Gravatar April 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

To make a boiled egg look like a plum, peel the egg when iit is hot. Grab the egg on the ends and squeeze with two fingers and continue holding in a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds. Release into a chilled bowl of pickled beet juice. You can store these eggs in the refrigerator in the juice until ready serve. When ready to serve make a hole in one end with a toothpick to place a parsley leaf. You can serve on a chef salad or with your pickled beets.

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lostannaNo Gravatar April 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm

My first born [ a girl] was born on Valentines Day.- I am still looking for new ways to give her hearts!![she is 57 - how the years have flown] She lives in Canada now – I intend to send her a copy of your blog. I usually do not read blogs – but I will be returning to yours. Thank you for helpin g me find another way to send hearts to my daughter.

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BeverlyNo Gravatar June 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

My father was an executive chef,, and he could do the neatest things with hard boiled eggs. First they needed to still be very warm, and you have to work very quickly. Peel the egg under cold running water -be sure you get the “skin” or silver-then between your two flat hands, start rolling the egg in different directions. Before your eyes the egg will start to shrink. He would take a toothpick and barely prick “pock” marks then dye place the eggs in red or orange food die and create miniature strawberries (this is where you need to watch the shape your egg is taking and adjust the rotation accordingly) and oranges.

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JessieNo Gravatar June 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

Wow! Does this really work? If so, they are really cute!!!
Great idea!

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Egg loverNo Gravatar July 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Really nice stuff my lover really like my egg and she kissed me for making such an easy due to you annathered . Thank you

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Ruth PreissmanNo Gravatar September 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

I was looking for ideas for day after wedding guest breakfast ideas
at my house and am thrilled with this.

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