National Waffle Day
About National Waffle Day
When is National Waffle Day? This holiday is always observed on August 24
Today is National Waffle Day, an August 24 holiday. On this day we celebrate and enjoy this versatile breakfast food item. What makes it so great, is the many items you can put in and on it. To start, there’s the traditional butter and maple syrup. You can put chocolate chips, blueberries, raspberries, cinnamon, and more in them. As for toppings, your choice of fruit is almost unlimited. Try any fruit imaginable, along with a generous helping of whipped cream. Yes, it’s going to be a great day participating in this food holiday.
The origin of the waffle: The waffle dates back to the 1300s in Greece. Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans. At the time, they topped it with cheeses and herbs. Pancake syrup wasn’t around back then.
Waffles are commonly eaten as breakfast or a snack. They are also an occasional lunch or dinner meal for some people.
The World Record: According to the Guinness World Book of Records, on June 29, 2103, Stichting Gouda Oogst (Netherlands) in Nieuwe Market, Gouda, Netherlands made the world record waffle. It weighed 110 lbs 3.68 oz. The diameter of the waffle was 8 ft. 1.24 in.
Amaze your family and friends with your knowledge of waffles.
- In the Middle Ages, people made waffles on round plates with images of Jesus Christ and other religious symbols.
- The word waffle appeared in the English language in 1725.
- Thomas Jefferson brought the waffle iron to America. Of course, it wasn’t an electric iron at the time.
- The first waffle iron was patented in 1869 by Cornelius Swarthout.
- The Waffle House once sold Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
- Belgium waffles have their roots in Belgium and France.
- The word “waffle” comes from the Dutch word “wafel” which means wafer.
- General Electric Company introduced the first electric waffle iron in 1911.
- Belgian waffles were originally called “Brussels Waffles”.
- Frozen Eggo waffles hit the market in 1953.
How to Celebrate National Waffle Day
- Like any other food holiday, start celebrating by eating waffles.
- See how many kinds you can have today.
- Don’t forget the Belgian waffles, too.
- Make it your goal to eat them at every meal. It’s good for lunch or dinner, too.
- Make them from scratch.
- See how many different toppings you can put in and on it.
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History and Origin of National Waffle Day
We know people have been making and eating waffles at least since the 1200s when waffle irons were first used, perhaps much longer. But, our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day.
The date for this holiday was selected to celebrate the patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.
We found no documentation in congressional records to confirm that this is truly a national day. Nor, did we find a presidential proclamation.
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