Did you know those famous frozen toaster waffles were invented in 1953?  Keep reading for more waffle trivia.

Waffles, the crispy delight with more surface area on the outside then on the inside, have been an American breakfast favorite for decades.  While most of us today probably think of waffles as either a frozen food, or something you get in a restaurant, there is a lot more to the story.  Here’s some interesting waffle trivia that you can use to impress your friends and family at the breakfast table.

  • The word waffle comes from the Dutch wafel which means “wafer.”
  • King Charles IX of France enacted the first waffle legislation in 1560 in order to settle disputes between vendors (called oublieurs) of early waffles.
  • The first waffle iron was patented in 1869 by Cornelius Swarthout.
  • Eggo Waffles were first introduced in 1953.
  • During the 18th century when there were shortages of flour waffles were made out of potatoes.
  • 50% of American households eat frozen waffles.
  • Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberries were first introduced to Americans at the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. They were made by Maurice and Rose Vermersch of Belgium.  They sold them again at 1964 World’s Fair in Brooklyn, which is where they became a huge sensation.
  • This style of waffle is actually called a Brussels waffle, but Rose realized that most people didn’t know where Brussels was, so they called them Belgian waffles instead.

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