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National Waffle Day

Updated on November 25, 2012

National Waffle Day is August 24th

National Waffle Day is celebrated in the United States each year on August 24th. The holiday commemorates the first U.S. patent of the waffle iron, which was received by Cornelius Swarthout on August 24, 1869.

Waffles are among one of the top breakfast foods, but also make a great dessert, and even can be a savory option for lunch or dinner with the right toppings. You can eat your waffles the traditional way with maple syrup and butter or add a wide range of toppings from fruit, to chocolate, and much, much more.

Not only can you get waffles at diners or breakfast type restaurants, but you can also find them at places that specialize in chicken and waffles. There are also many specialty waffle restaurants that allow you to create your own waffles from their list of toppings or choose from their signature creations.

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Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron

Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel

Make your kids or family a Disney style breakfast with the Mickey Mouse waffle iron that creates waffles in the shape of Mickey's head. Kids are more willing to eat if they think its fun, and I can't think of anything more fun than Disney.

 
History of the Waffle
History of the Waffle

History of the Waffle

National Waffle Day is a U.S. holiday. In fact, there is an International Waffle Day, which is celebrated each year on March 25th. The first waffles were not actually made in the United States, they were actually made during the Middle Ages in the Province of Brabant, or what is modern day Belgium.

According to Wikipedia, a waffle is considered to be a batter based cake that is cooked in a waffle iron, which gives it a distinct look and shape. Waffles are eaten throughout the world, especially in Belgium and the United States.

There are a wide variety of waffles. The difference between the waffles not only include the ingredients, the way they are cooked, but also the toppings. Here is a list of some of the various types of waffles...

* American Waffles

* Belgian Waffles

* Liege Waffle

* Bergische Waffles, or Waffles from Berg County

* Hong Kong Style Waffle

* Pandan Waffles

* Scandinavian Style Waffles

* Stroopwafel

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Waffle Cookbooks

Waffle Toppings
Waffle Toppings

Waffle Toppings

What do you put on your waffle? The answer to this question probably varies based upon the part of the world you are in and also your personal taste. For a more traditional waffle you might just top your waffles with maple syrup and butter. Chocolate syrup or other fruit flavored syrups are also used.

Fruits such as bananas, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are common waffle toppings. You can also add some vanilla yogurt on top of your fruit for extra flavor. Other popular toppings include chocolate chips, peanut butter, Nutella, dulce de leche, jam or jelly, honey, powdered sugar, and whipped cream.

For those who are familiar with chicken and waffles. You can eat your waffles with fried chicken and gravy for a great lunch or dinner option. Or, if you are looking to have a waffle as a dessert, my son has also had waffles from a local restaurant in Las Vegas called Waffles Cafe where he had a waffle topped in ice cream, M&M's, and whipped cream.

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Liege Waffle with Chocolate

Liege Waffle with Chocolate
Liege Waffle with Chocolate

Waffle Sandwich - Topped in Fruit and Nutella

Waffle Sandwich
Waffle Sandwich

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and Waffles

Waffle Mix

If you don't want to make your own waffle batter from scratch then one of these waffle mixes will be a great option to make the perfect waffles.

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Did You Celebrate National Waffle Day this Year? - Or, will you have to wait til next year?

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I missed it, but it doesn't matter because I live right down the street from Perkins. I hear Belgian Waffles calling my name.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      oops.......... i feel hungry now :-) plan to buy one for tomorrow tea time

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Love Waffle Day! There is an international version one too - on March 25. So we get to celebrate twice. Yay!

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      faye durham 4 years ago

      I missed it this year. I'll make note of it for next year.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Chicken and waffles looks like something I could eat right now.

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      Missed it this year ... it's on my calendar for next time around!

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      Ladybird 4 years ago

      I will have to wait until next year. Love waffle.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Sorry no. We ran out of waffles. Of course I was not aware of the day. But in our house waffles are generally available.

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Any day is waffle day. I don't need an excuse :-)

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I think I did, actually! ;-)

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Mmmm yummy waffles! I'll have to celebrate next year ^_^

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      No, but waffles sure sound good about now!

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      MifuneGoon 4 years ago

      Definitely!

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I should celebrate it! I love waffles!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I would gladly celebrate National Waffle Day everyday if I could.

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      I think I will with one of these delicious waffle ideas!