Happy International Waffle Day!
This holiday originated in Sweden and is a celebration of spring that falls nine months before Christmas day. People celebrate by eating lots of waffles!
International Waffle Day is not to be confused with National Waffle Day, which is celebrated in the United States on August 24th. National Waffle Day honors the anniversary of the first patent of an American waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869.
Waffles date all the way back to ancient Greece when flat cakes were cooked between two pans and served with cheese and herbs.
In 1620, pilgrims brought the first Dutch waffles to America. It is said that Thomas Jefferson’s Belgian cook brought one of the first waffle irons with him to the United States.
And, for a last bit of interesting waffle history, in 1953 the first Eggo waffles were sold in supermarkets! Did you know that some Americans eat fried chicken on their waffles? They even put maple syrup on top of this combination!
Also, people in Brussels eat waffles with sugar, chocolate, or cream and in Hong Kong waffles are served with peanut butter and honeydew! Check out this video for some fabulous and somewhat unusual waffle recipes and toppings!