National Waffle Day
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
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
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
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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
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Waffle Sandwich - Topped in Fruit and Nutella
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Chicken and Waffles
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Yes, you heard that right. Who knew you could make cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron.
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- Liege Waffle Recipe
A truly authentic Belgian experience.
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.