More Waffles Please! International Waffle Day is March 25th
Silly Celebrations - March
I know hard to believe isn't it but there are people out there who did not know that March 25th is International Waffle Day!
So to those few people around the world and well anyone who just plain enjoys waffles this article is for you.
Plus if you really like waffles and are in search of more days to celebrate mark your calendars for National Waffle Day - August 24 and National Waffle Week - the first week in September.
Get the invitations ready and plan a Waffle Party for Sunday!
Let's Start with a Brief History
The First International Waffle Day took place in Sweden where waffles are called Vaffeldagen. The day celebrates the beginning of spring and the Christian celebration the Feast of Annunciation which marks the day the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she was to be the mother of Christ.
Some believe waffles first came about in the Neolithic Age as cereal pulp heated on stones flipped over to cook each side.
The Iron Age brought the introduction of iron tools and with it a primitive waffle iron or griddle.
The Ancient Greeks are recognized for making waffles "Obleois" like flat cakes or wafers heated between two hot metal plates and prepared with herbs and cheeses. As tools improved the Greeks of the Middle Ages produced waffles with a variety of Oublies or irons rolled as cones or still served flat and were sold by street vendors referred to as "Waferers" because of their flat wafer-like appearance.
By the 13th century it appears the waffle had found its way to France as the images of hinged plates or irons with honey-comb patterns are discovered. Often these irons would be forged with a family coat of arms or religious symbols. These waffles were surely popular as history tells how King Charles IX declared that all street vendors "Waferers" must stay 6 feet from each other to subdue the hungry masses.
Enter the 16th Century waffles are now a favorite of the more affluent class throughout parts of Europe not just commoners. These waffles are made of milk and eggs and topped with honey and fruit.
American Thomas Jefferson, then Minister to France introduced a long-handled waffle iron upon his return to the United States. These waffles were crisper in texture and were a favorite served with maple syrup and molasses at social events and parties.
August 24, 1869 marks the first waffle iron patient in the U.S. granted to Cornelius Swarthout of New York. With a name like that it is good the waffle somehow did not change its name. This invention made the waffle easy to cook in just a few short minutes increasing its popularity once again.
Jump forward to 1911 when General Electric delivers the first electric waffle iron with a built-in thermostat, no more burned waffles, well not as many.
By the 1930s waffles are a common breakfast food as the waffle iron has become a standard kitchen essential. Production of maple syrup is on the rise.
Frozen toaster waffles are introduced in 1953 as "Froffles" but are renamed "Eggos" in 1955 to match their public nickname. In the 1970s Kellogg buys the brand and frozen toaster waffles are on all store shelves.
1964 the New York World's Fair unveils the Belgian Waffle with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
Today waffle irons come in a variety of shapes Round, Square, Heart-Shaped, or even Mickey Mouse Shaped. Waffle batter is mixed with cinnamon, herbs, made of whole wheat and covered in an endless array of toppings; some folk even make sandwiches using waffles.
After knowing their lineage seems only fitting for Waffles to have a day of recognition.
How To Make Perfect Waffles
For full recipe visit: http://www.legourmet.tv/cooking/wafflehouse.html
(is it me or does this guy look like John Boy?)
This is not your standard waffle recipe from that joint on the side of American highways! It's Better!!
Perfect for weekend mornings and frozen for later in the week too.
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When a Waffle isn't really a Waffle
I've waffled before. I'll waffle again.
~ actually a common political practice
Vote now for your favorite Waffle
Don't waffle, take a stand - what's your Waffle Preference?
1. The waffle is the Official State Breakfast Food of Wyoming, Arkansas, and Illinois.
2. Since their start in 1955, the Waffle House Restaurants have served 877,388,027 Waffles at a rate of 145 Waffles per minute
3. A picture of the Waffle House was used on the cover of the Hootie & the Blowfish "Scattered, Smothered, and Covered" album released in 2000
4. Gladys Knight and Ron Winan own the Chicken & Waffles Restaurant in Atlanta