The humble waffle had its beginnings in the Middle Ages as light and thin cakes that were cooked between wafer irons. The purveyors of these treats took to the streets to sell them to the public. Sellers were, of course, called “waferers.” In Europe, these sellers were only allowed to sell during special occasions.
Competition was so fierce and demand was so high that violence became common amongst the waferers. The King of France had to take drastic action and institute a decree that said sellers had to maintain a distance of four meters from each other. This is likely the start of the many rules and disagreements that affect hot dog vendor street- fights today!
Let’s take a look at the history of our namesake. Invented around 1839, these yeast-leavened batter waffles didn’t make it to the states until the 1964 World’s Fair, when they were introduced as Bel-Gem Waffles!
National Waffle Day
Did you know there is a National Waffle Day? Of course there is! Created to celebrate the first waffle iron patent in 1869, August 24 has long been known as Waffle Day! While the event is some 10 months away from the writing of this post, you can still mark it on your calendar as a day of waffle celebration. And feel free to celebrate any day of the year.
Making the Perfect Waffle
While we always want you to visit the restaurant to purchase our delicious homemade waffles, we also offer our exclusive mix at the store and online! But, even with the best mix, you may benefit from expert tips about making perfect waffles. We’ll share five with you:
- New waffle irons might not need spray. See that instruction manual? Give it the once-over!
- Take it easy! Don’t mix the batter too quickly. Use a slow, even tempo to get the right consistency!
- No peeking! We know you’re hungry. But your patience will be reward. Don’t lift the lid too early or you will let out the steam. Wait until you see the light!
- Waste not, want not. Waffles are easy to freeze and reheat. So cook up more than you need so you can pop them into the toaster to warm and crisp them up.
- Find yourself in a sticky situation? The oil or butter in the recipe should prevent sticking. So don’t skimp on these ingredients!
We hope that providing the history and pointing out fun facts about waffles has made you love them even more. Every food has a story. Waffles just happen to be more fun and interesting than most!
Located in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, California, the Belgian Waffle Works is a full-service family restaurant featuring 17 original specialty Belgian-style waffles, homemade soups, fresh market salads, gourmet sandwiches, juicy burgers, homemade breads, Espresso, Cappuccino, premium desserts, wine, beer, specialty drinks and more. Belgian Waffle Works’ waffles are made from an exclusive mix, which is available for sale onsite and online. Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, where we’ve been serving delicious food “dockside” since 1982.