Who doesn’t love a delicious waffle? With their crispy texture and creamy flavour, indulging in these fluffy waffles is an experience that can transport you to a delightful breakfast haven. Did you know that there is a whole day dedicated to celebrating this sweet dessert?
National Waffle Day falls on August 24 every year. Waffles is a popular breakfast food made from batter cooked between two plates, creating a characteristic grid pattern. Waffles are a breakfast classic, but they’re really pretty great any time of day. Try chicken and waffles for lunch or dinner or use a waffle as the base for an ice cream sundae—or go in a waffle-adjacent direction and have your ice cream in a waffle cone. No matter how you enjoy your waffles, you’re sure to enjoy National Waffle Day, which happens to be today.
History of National Waffle Day
The very first waffles were made in ancient Greece and were a thinner, less sweet version of what we eat today. The cooking method was different too. It wasn’t until the 15th century that the Dutch began to use gridded plates to make waffles. They brought this idea to America in the early 1600s and in 1869 the first stovetop waffle iron was made in America. The U.S. patent was earned on August 24 by Cornelious Swarthout. National Waffle Day is a way to commemorate that achievement.
National Waffle Day also includes sweeter, thicker Belgian waffles. The Belgian or “Brussels waffle” as it was originally called, first came to the U.S. during the World’s Fair in 1962. It took a couple of years for this waffle to take hold and it became more popular after the name was changed to Belgian waffle.
National Waffle Day significance
National Waffle Day is significant as it is a time to recognise waffles’ historical significance as well as their cultural value. It offers the chance for people to splurge on this well-liked breakfast item while emphasising the wide variety of flavours, toppings, and cooking techniques that have developed through time. Furthermore, National Waffle Day stimulates nostalgia by conjuring up images of family breakfasts and get-togethers around the table.
On National Waffle Day, people often celebrate by enjoying waffles in various forms, whether it’s a classic waffle with syrup and butter or more elaborate variations with toppings like whipped cream, fruit, chocolate chips, or even savoury options like fried chicken and gravy. Some restaurants and cafes might offer special deals or promotions on waffles on this day.
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