National Waffle Day

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Hold onto your forks, folks! It's time to dive head over heels into the creamy, crispy, mouthwatering world of Waffles. We're talking about National Waffle Day, a day just as golden and delicious as the waffle itself. Mark your calendars, because this is one feast and fun-filled day you won't want to miss.

When is Waffle Day?

It's national waffle day on the 25th August.

What's All the Waffle About?

National Waffle Day is a virtual celebration that has been embraced with open arms and empty stomachs by a whopping number of people. With a sizzle and sputter of 48746 online mentions, this day has been seared into the hearts of many, proving that there's a special place in our lives for these perfectly pocketed pancakes.

Getting Down to the Batter

The day when we all let out a collective 'mmmm', National Waffle Day, saw its peak popularity on the 25th of August, 2015. A day that will forever be etched in the annals of buttery goodness. So, pull out your best batter recipes, pour on the syrup, and let's indulge in this waffle-loving day.

A Dish Best Served Hot

Whether you're a 'classic with syrup' type or a 'fruit and cream' explorer, National Waffle Day is the perfect chance to celebrate your love for this versatile dish. Here's a tip: why not try out a new topping this year or make a waffle sandwich for a sweet twist. It's all about pushing the boundaries of waffle-ness, my friends.

Pancakes Beware!

Pancakes might have to step aside as there is a new breakfast hero in town and it’s got an edge with its many delightful nooks and crannies. The world has certainly developed a taste for these delectable treats, and the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, or the waffle rather!

History behind the term 'Waffle'

410 AD

Birth of the Waffle

The term 'waffle' originates from the Old English word 'wafel,' which was derived from the Frankish language. The earliest recorded use of the term dates back to 410 AD when the Germanic-speaking Franks introduced waffles to the Roman Empire. These early waffles were not like the ones we know today, but rather thin, crisp cakes cooked between two metal plates.


The Waffle Iron

In the 13th century, the waffle iron was invented, revolutionizing the waffle-making process. The iron consisted of two hinged metal plates with engraved designs, creating the iconic grid pattern we associate with waffles. This innovation allowed for more consistent cooking and gave rise to various regional waffle styles across Europe.


Belgian Influence

During the 17th century, waffles gained immense popularity in Belgium, which eventually became renowned for its delicious waffle recipes. Belgian waffles were often enjoyed during religious festivals and celebrations. They were typically larger and had a lighter texture than their earlier counterparts due to the addition of beaten egg whites.

18th Century

Colonial American Waffles

In the 18th century, Dutch immigrants brought waffle recipes to America, specifically to New Amsterdam, which is now known as New York City. The Dutch settlers introduced their traditional waffle style, known as the 'Dutch wafel,' which was similar to the Belgian waffle. Over time, waffles became a popular breakfast and brunch item in America.


Electric Waffle Iron

In 1911, the first electric waffle iron was invented by General Electric. This innovation made waffle-making more convenient and accessible to households across the United States. With the electric waffle iron, people could easily regulate the temperature, resulting in consistent and evenly cooked waffles. This marked a significant milestone in the history of waffles.


Frozen Waffles

The development of frozen waffles in 1953 by Frank Dorsa revolutionized the way waffles were enjoyed. Dorsa, co-founder of the Eggo company, created frozen pre-cooked waffles that could be quickly reheated at home. This innovation made waffles accessible to a wider audience and became a staple in many households as a convenient breakfast option.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's largest waffle was made in the Netherlands? It weighed a jaw-dropping 110 pounds. Enough to feed a small village or one very hungry waffle enthusiast!


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First identified

19th March 2015

Most mentioned on

25th August 2015

Total mentions


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