August 24 is National Waffle Day. Waffles, everyone seems to like waffles. Waffles have been around for ages it seems. In 1869 on August 24, Cornelius Swarthout of New York was the first to patent the waffle iron, enabling anyone to make waffles.
National Waffle Day is observed on August 24 as that was the day in 1869 when Cornelius Swarthout of New York first patented the waffle iron. Belgium waffles were introduced into the United States during the World Fair of 1964. And for those of us who enjoy waffles but not the work or clean up of creating waffles, Eggo created a frozen waffle in 1953, later in the 1970’s Kellogg’s purchased Eggo and coined the phrase “Leggo my Eggo” for advertising.
I remember the commercials of Eggo waffles and the people waiting for the toaster, grabbing the heated waffle and saying “Leggo my Eggo”. While the frozen Eggo waffles were good, I prefer the homemade from scratch cooked on a waffle iron.
Every person has their favorite toppings to put on their waffle. Personally, I love butter, maple syrup, topped with fresh strawberries and banana slice covered with whip topping. When I fixed waffles for my husband the first time, I learned people put peanut butter on their waffles and pancakes. There are many types of toppings and ways to eat waffles. After moving to Texas I discovered another way of eating waffles, with fried chicken or chicken tenders. This is very popular in Texas. Instead of toppings, the popular choice is alongside fried chicken.
Every Christmas morning, I make waffles and french toast. I set out an abundance of toppings, fresh sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, blueberries, peanut butter, maple syrup, a shaker of cinnamon, and whipped topping. An early morning feast to start the day of celebration and feasting.
Regardless of how you like your waffles, enjoy National Waffle day.