National Waffle Day

Origin of National Waffle Day

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National Waffle day is August 24, a day to celebrate the invention of the waffle iron. This differs from International Waffle Day on March 25 which commemorates the first day of spring in Sweden, a day when families typically make waffles. And it's not the same as August 6, a waffle day created by a teacher, which isn't an official holiday at all. National Waffle Day also differs from National Waffle Week which occurs the first week of September. I figure if you eat waffles every day from March 25 until September 7, you should cover them all.

But August 24, 1869 was the day Cornelius Swarthout of New York got his patent for the waffle iron. I believe we owe Mr. Swarthout a debt of gratitude for such a delicious invention so let’s celebrate heartily on National Waffle Day!

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A Few Waffle Facts

Waffle Trivia

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Ancient Greeks were the first to cook flat cakes between two pieces of iron.

Eggo waffles were sold for the first time in 1953.

Around 1964, Belgian waffles were served at the World’s Fair in New York for the first time.

The first Waffle House restaurant opened on Labor Day 1955. The original location was in Avondale Estates, Georgia. Today that restaurant is home to the Waffle House Museum. Waffle House now owns 1600 restaurants in 25 states.

The word “waffle” can mean:

-A batter cake with gridlike designs
-Gridlike, indented, or lattice pattern
-To write or speak in a vague, unclear, indecisive manner

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Do You Like Waffles?

Get the kids excited about National Waffle Day with this fun song!

Official Poll

Pick your favorite sweet treat.

Traditional Waffle Recipes

And some you've never tasted!

waffle with blackberries

Classic waffles- The yummy version that we all know and recognize that is so delicious. 

Buttermilk waffles- Buttermilk makes everything taste better, including waffles. 

Bisquick waffles- Actually this is a modified and improved version of the Bisquick recipe. 

Waffle House waffles- These are supposed to taste just like the originals.

Freezer waffles- Make-ahead waffles for those morning when you don't have time to pull out the waffle iron.

Sourdough waffles- A slight twist on the traditional waffle to add some more yum.

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Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour, Original, 33-Ounce Cans (Pack of 3)
Golden Malted
Amazon.com: $21.60

If you don't want to make your own waffles from scratch, try a mix. This malted flour would also be good for making the Harvest Grain and Nut Pancakes from International House of Pancakes. 

Waffle Irons

Make pretty waffles

Gourmet Dessert Waffles

Heavenly recipes!

waffles and ice cream

Double Chocolate waffles- Not just chocolate, but twice the chocolate

Chocolate Chip waffles- Chocolate chips make everything a little sweeter. 

Donut waffles- Two of my favorites combined--donuts and waffles!

S'mores waffles- Chocolate waffles with marshmallow fluff and graham cracker crumbs- lip-smackin' good

Samoa waffles- The Girl Scout cookie waffle

Red Velvet waffles- Elegant red waffles

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Fun Waffle Stuff

Ways to Let Others Know It's National Waffle Day

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Healthier Waffles

Same great taste, but better for you

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Multi-grain waffles- lots of good tasting healthy ingredients in these waffles

Almond flour waffles- Almond flour is a delicious alternative to regular flour.

Vegan waffles- Made with whole wheat flour and soy milk.

Cinnamon waffles- Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar. 

Blueberry waffles- Blueberries add powerful antioxidants.

HCG Chocolate waffles- Sugar and grain-free

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Make Shaped Waffles

Waffles with personality

Babycakes Nonstick Waffle Maker Makes 4 Heart Waffles on Sticks
Select Brands Inc (Kitchen)
Amazon.com: $24.41

Heart waffles on a stick

The Texas Waffle Maker
Beyond Basic Provision
Amazon.com: $64.00

Especially for Texans

Disney DCM-1 Classic Mickey Waffle Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel
Select Brands Inc (Kitchen)
Amazon.com: $49.99

Mickey Mouse

Chef's Choice 838 Waffle Cone Express Ice Cream Cone Maker
Chef's Choice
Amazon.com: $40.99

Homemade waffle cones

Holiday Waffles

A little taste of Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Pumpkin pie waffles- Just like your holiday pie

Gingerbread pumpkin waffles- Imagine the smell of these cooking!

Pecan waffles- a heartier waffle with a little protein

Amish friendship bread waffles- If it's Amish it has to be good!

Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup- A perfect blend of autumn flavors!

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Waffles with a Twist

Not your typical waffle

chicken and waffles

Bacon waffles- A waffle that's the entire breakfast

Waffles Florentine- Martha Stewart's cheese and herb waffles with sautee'd spinach on top

Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles- A winning combination served as an appetizer or a full meal

Waffle cones- Homemade ice cream cones to fill with homemade ice cream

Olympic ring waffles- A fun and delicious way to celebrate the Olympics with waffles

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Waffle Toppings

The Gooey Yummy Stuff

Traditional: butter, maple syrup, flavored butters, whipped topping, iced cream, powdered sugar

Fruits: bananas, peaches, apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, jams, jellies

Gourmet: cinnamon, nuts, caramel, chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, yogurt, granola, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips, Nutella, M&Ms, sprinkles

Nothing beats pure maple syrup as a topping for waffles!

Waffle Greeting Cards and Stamps

Why not send someone a "Happy National Waffle Day" card?

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Fun and Food on Pinterest

If you like having fun and eating good food, you'll enjoy these boards I've created on Pinterest:

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I've been having craving for waffles lately with lots of whipped cream and strawberries, yummy!
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Me too! After seeing images of so many waffles and reading so many recipes in the process of making this leaf, I insisted that we have breakfast for supper last night.
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beckyf on said:
Oh, you've got me drooling now! I just had eggs for breakfast, but I should have made waffles instead!
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Bonita on said:
You can always have them for supper!
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Bonita on said:
Wouldn't that be fun to wear?
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VisionTips on said:
What an eye-opener! I'm already planning my day off to properly observe the passing of this occasion. :-P
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Bonita on said:
Yes, one must be proactive to fully appreciate holidays such as this one! ;)
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Marie on said:
It's Pancake Day tomorrow and I think I'm having some waffles too after reading this :)

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