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It's national waffles day on the 27th February.
Every year on August 24th, people across the nation gather together to celebrate National Waffles Day. This beloved breakfast staple has a long and tasty history that can be traced back centuries.
Waffles, with their golden-brown exterior and fluffy interior, have been enjoyed by various cultures throughout history. The ancient Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal plates over a fire. However, it was the Belgians who truly embraced the waffle, refining the recipe and creating a variety of delicious toppings to accompany it, such as whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and fresh berries.
In the United States, waffles gained popularity during the early 18th century, with the first American cookbook published in 1796 featuring a recipe for them. Over time, different regions in the U.S. put their own spin on waffles, giving rise to variations like buttermilk waffles, cornmeal waffles, and even chicken and waffles.
Did you know that the world's largest waffle weighed a whopping 110 pounds? That's enough batter to make approximately 359 regular-sized waffles! The colossal creation was made in the Netherlands in 2013, earning the Guinness World Record for the biggest waffle ever. It took 60 pounds of flour, 110 pounds of butter, and 863 eggs to make it. Now that's what we call a supersized breakfast!
Waffles, as we know them today, originated in the 14th century in the Low Countries of Europe. At this time, the term 'wafel' was used to refer to a flat, round pastry that was cooked between two hot metal plates. These plates were often adorned with intricate designs, including the crest of a noble family or a religious symbol. Waffles were a popular treat among the nobility and were often served during feasts and special occasions.
In the 17th century, waffles gained widespread popularity across Europe. As trade and exploration increased, waffle irons made their way to different regions, reaching countries like France, Germany, and England. Each country put its own twist on the waffle, adapting the recipe to suit local tastes. In France, waffles became thinner and lighter, known as 'gaufres'. Meanwhile, in Germany, heart-shaped waffles called 'herzwaffeln' became a symbol of love and commitment, often exchanged between couples.
In the 19th century, European immigrants brought their love for waffles to America. The first waffle irons were introduced to the United States, and waffles quickly became a popular breakfast item. However, it was not until the 1930s that a significant development occurred— the invention of the electric waffle iron. This invention made it easier for families to enjoy homemade waffles, and paved the way for the establishment of diners and restaurants that specialized in serving waffles.
The term 'Belgian waffle' was coined in the 1950s at the Brussels World Fair. The term referred to a specific type of waffle that was lighter, fluffier, and had deeper pockets than traditional waffles. Belgian waffles became an instant sensation, and soon, waffle houses and food stalls offering Belgian waffles popped up across Europe and North America. These delectable treats were often served with a variety of toppings, including fresh fruits, whipped cream, and syrup.
In the 21st century, waffles have become a beloved dish enjoyed around the world. From street food vendors to high-end restaurants, waffles have taken on a multitude of forms, ranging from sweet to savory. They are now served with an array of toppings and fillings, such as ice cream, chocolate, bacon, fried chicken, and even caviar. Waffle-themed events, such as waffle festivals and waffle eating competitions, have also gained popularity, celebrating the versatility and deliciousness of this timeless treat.
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