- Posted September 2, 2013 by
September 1 – 7 National Waffle Week
How does one celebrate National Waffle Week? The short answer is however you want. In the United States, waffles are typically enjoyed with maple syrup before noon, but in France, waffles are a completely different experience. But might we suggest taking Thomas Jefferson’s lead, who after bringing a waffle iron home from France was known for hosting “Waffle Frolics” in the White House. You can check out TJ’s waffle recipe here.
Over the course of our research, we found a cinematic tribute to waffles. There’s even a blog called “Waffleizer” devoted to making things other than waffles in waffle machines. Martha Stewart can help you if you’re looking for a waffle recipe. If you need some photographic inspiration, check out Waffle House’s Instagram feed.
Waffles were around long before the Pilgrims brought their love of the Dutch treat with them to America. Waffles evolved from the “oublie” somewhere around the 13th century, first taking the honeycomb-like shape we recognize today around this time. The first known waffle recipe appeared in print somewhere around the 14th century. Somewhere around the 16th century, paintings and recipes began to appear that most closely resemble the modern waffle. The word “waffle” first appeared in print in the 1700′s.
In 1911 GE produced the first at home waffle maker and by the 1930s Aunt Jemima and Bisquick were household staples. In 1964 Maurice Vermersch debuted his “Bel-Gem” waffle at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the distinct variety took hold in the United States. “Bel-Gem” was an American version of the Brussels waffle and “Bel-Gem” later morphed into what we know today as the “Belgian waffle.” You can read a more thorough history of the waffle here.