Who doesn’t love a good waffle?
Whether you prefer them sweet or savory, crispy or fluffy, there’s no denying the appeal of this beloved breakfast food. And on August 24th, waffle lovers everywhere have a special reason to celebrate: it’s National Waffle Day!
But where did National Waffle Day come from, and why is it celebrated on August 24th, As it turns out, the holiday has a fascinating history that dates back over a century.
From the first waffle iron patent to the modern-day waffle craze, we’ll explore the origins of National Waffle Day and what makes this humble breakfast food so special.
History of National Waffle Day
Origins of Waffles
Waffles are a dish made from a batter or dough that is cooked between two plates with a characteristic size, shape, and surface impression. Its origins go back to ancient Greece, with variations across Europe, particularly in Belgium. The word waffle is derived from Dutch, and the modern waffle form appeared in 16th century paintings.
In the 15th century, the shape of the waffle irons began to evolve, and the classic grid pattern was created. In the 16th century, paintings showed the modern waffle form and recipes began to include leavening. In response to disputes between oublieurs, Charles IX of France created legislation regulating waffle sales.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, waffles were expensive and generally only accessible to the wealthy. Recipes for waffles were becoming more decadent with the use of expensive ingredients, like sugar, and waffle parties were becoming popular. Liège waffles were rumored to have been invented during this time but were not confirmed until 1921.
In the mid-20th century, electric waffle makers and frozen waffles were introduced, and the Belgian-style waffle gained popularity in the US. While many original recipes have faded, some 18th and 19th century varieties are still found in Northern Europe.
The Creation of National Waffle Day
In the United States, National Waffle Day is celebrated on August 24th each year.
This day is commemorated in celebration of the anniversary of the issuance of the first patent for the waffle iron to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York in 1869. Swarthout’s patent was for a modern, stovetop version of a grid waffle maker. National Waffle Day is celebrated in the US as a nod to this important invention.
|Topic||Origins of Waffles||History of National Waffle Day|
|Definition||A dish made from a batter or dough||A holiday celebrating the first waffle iron patent|
|Origin||Ancient Greece, with variations across Europe, particularly in Belgium||Created in the United States|
|Name||Derived from Dutch||Named National Waffle Day|
|Key Developments||15th century: evolution of waffle iron shapes, 16th century: modern waffle form, regulation of waffle sales, leavening added to recipes, decadent waffle parties, 20th century: introduction of electric waffle makers and frozen waffles||1869: Cornelius Swarthout’s patent for a modern, stovetop version of a grid waffle maker|
|Popular Varieties||Liège waffles (17th-18th centuries)||N/A|
|Date of Celebration||N/A||August 24th|
|Reason for Celebration||N/A||Commemorates Cornelius Swarthout’s waffle iron patent|
|Geographic Scope of Celebration||N/A||United States|
Celebration of National Waffle Day
Waffle Day Recipes
If you’re looking for new waffle recipes to try out on National Waffle Day, there are endless possibilities. Here are a few ideas from around the web to get you started:
- Classic Belgian Waffles
- Blueberry Waffles
- Chocolate Chip Waffles
- Cinnamon Roll Waffles
- Fried Chicken and Waffles
There are also many creative ways to make waffles, such as using different types of flour or adding unique ingredients like pumpkin or sweet potato. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new!
Ideas for Celebrating Waffle Day
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate National Waffle Day beyond just eating waffles, there are plenty of options.
- Host a waffle-making competition with friends or family
- Make waffle-themed crafts or decorations
- Donate waffles or breakfast items to a local food bank or shelter
- Organize a waffle-themed fundraiser for a charity
Significance of Waffles
Waffles are more than just a breakfast food, they have become a beloved staple in many cultures around the world. From their unique texture to their versatility, waffles have become a popular dish that has been featured in many movies, songs, and TV shows.
Waffles in Popular Culture
Waffles have become a popular food in pop culture, making appearances in various movies, TV shows, and songs.
One of the most famous examples is the character Eleven from the TV show Stranger Things, who is known for her love of Eggo waffles. The popularity of the show has led to an increase in sales of the frozen waffles.
Waffles Around the World
Waffles are not just a popular food in the United States, they are enjoyed in many countries around the world.
In Belgium, waffles are a national dish and are sold by street vendors throughout the country. Belgian waffles are known for their light and crispy texture, and are often served with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
In Sweden, waffles are traditionally eaten on March 25th, which is known as Waffle Day (or vaffeldag) . The holiday originated from a mix-up of words that sounded similar to the Swedish word for waffles and “Our Lady’s Day”.
|Topic||Waffles in Popular Culture||Waffles Around the World|
|Significance of Waffles||Waffles have become a beloved staple in many cultures around the world||Waffles are enjoyed in many countries around the world|
|Examples in Pop Culture||Eleven from Stranger Things is known for her love of Eggo waffles||Belgium: a national dish sold by street vendors, served with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Sweden: traditionally eaten on March 25th (Waffle Day or “vaffeldag”)|
|Key Characteristics||Featured in various movies, TV shows, and songs||Light and crispy texture, served with a variety of toppings and accompaniments|
Hiya! I’m Kimberly, a contributing writer here at Miss Buttercup. I was born and raised in the UP, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for those who don’t know, the land of beautiful, beach-filled sunny summer days and bone-chilling long winters. Growing up there made me appreciate all the little things about life, especially the way a delicious meal can bring people closer together. I try and put that same feeling into each article I write and I hope it comes across that way!