Origin of National Waffle Day
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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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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Get the kids excited about National Waffle Day with this fun song!
Pick your favorite sweet treat.
And some you've never tasted!
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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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.
Make pretty waffles
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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Ways to Let Others Know It's National Waffle Day
Same great taste, but better for you
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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Waffles with personality
Heart waffles on a stick
Homemade waffle cones
A little taste of Thanksgiving and Christmas
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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Not your typical waffle
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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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