As it turns out, waffles are such a popular world-wide phenomenon, that they merit two days in the calendar to celebrate them.
Waffle Day began in Sweden as Våffeldagen, actually due to confusion between the Swedish “vårfrudagen” meaning “Our Lady’s Day” which falls on the same date. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles.
The alternative Waffle Day (on August 24th) began in the USA and honours the anniversary of the patenting of the first US waffle iron invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York and is celebrated on 24th August.
Whichever day is picked to honour it however, the waffle is certainly deserving of celebration. The remarkable dough-based gridded cakes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or dessert. And then there is that whole other business of the potato waffle, different but still delectable.
Take this day to explore the variety that the world of the waffle has to offer you: tuck into American waffles topped with fried chicken or alternatively stacked and drenched in sugary maple syrup for breakfast; enjoy a Brussels or Liège Belgian waffle dusted with confectioner’s sugar or coated in chocolate or cream, or travel east and sample a soft and sweet Hong Kong waffle laced with the flavours of peanut butter or honey melon. We could waffle on forever…
WAFFLE DAY TIMELINE
Waffle Day is a worldwide sensation where people make or eat waffles and share their love on social media.
Waffles become sweeter and the Belgian waffle is created.
Waffles come to Sweden and the similar-sounding Våffeldagen and Vårfrudagen unites the two holidays.
Vårfrudagen celebrates the archangel Gabriel telling the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT WAFFLE DAY
Swedes are known for having a sweet tooth with their numerous candies and pastries.
Brussels to Belgium
Belgian waffles were known originally as Brussels waffles
The Pilgrims brought the first waffles to America.
L’Eggo the Eggo
Eggo Waffles were available for consumer purchase in 1953.
Thomas Jefferson came back from France with the first waffle irons.