Waffles are such a popular world-wide phenomenon that two days every year are set aside to celebrate the consumption of them. International Waffle Day is celebrated around the world on March 25, and National Waffle Day is celebrated in the U.S. on August 24.
From Belgian waffles dusted with confectioner’s sugar and Southern fried chicken and waffles drenched in sugary maple syrup to sweet Hong Kong waffles laced with peanut butter and grilled cheese waffle sandwiches, these delicious, dough-based, griddled cakes are popular for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert.
The waffle dates back to the 12th century when Greeks cooked flat cakes known as obleios between two metal pans and topped it with cheeses and herbs. Maple syrup wasn’t around back then, and since the waffle iron was invented and became a popular kitchen gadget in 1869, these tasty delicacies have caught on around the world. (There’s even a Waffle Iron Day every June.)
Let’s explore the vast diversity of waffle deliciousness and how this delectable holiday is celebrated around the world.