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International and National Waffle Day

March 25th is International Waffle Day
March 25th is International Waffle Day
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March 25th is International Waffle Day, called Våffeldagen, originated in Sweden. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation, which takes place nine months before Christmas. Yes, it is nine months until Christmas. The Feast of the Annunciation is when the Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was pregnant. Swedish families also celebrated the beginning of spring with waffles.

National Waffle Day is August 24. It celebrates the first patented waffle iron. The patent was submitted by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869. His iron sat on top of wood or gas stoves. The cast iron plates were joined by a hinge that swiveled in an iron collar. Lucky Americans get two waffle days.

When I make waffles I always add extra spices; this is one of my recipes:


· 2 cup all-purpose flour

· 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

· 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

· 1 teaspoons cinnamon

· 1 teaspoons ground ginger

· ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

· ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

· 2 eggs

· 1/3 cup butter, soft

· 1 cup milk

· ½ cup molasses


Preheat a waffle iron. Spray the iron with nonstick spray, if needed.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and spices. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, milk, and molasses. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. (I use a whip or my mixer.)

Fill your waffle iron with batter according to the manufacturer's instructions. Cook until crisp and browned.

Serve immediately with pure maple syrup, and butter. Repeat with remaining batter.

Children Waffle books:

· Everything on a Waffle Paperback

· by Polly Horvath

· The Adventures of Waffle Man and Butter Boy by Harper, Kyle

· If Waffles Were Like Boys by Charise Mericle Harper and Scott Magoon

· Waffles Every Day by Kim W. Tolbert and May Artt

· Mrs. Postikit and the Waffle Emergencies by Stephen Fordenbacher (

· Waffle by Chris Raschka

· Early Reader: Awful Waffles by Deborah Holt Williams

Waffle Recipe books:

· Waffles: Sweet & Savory Recipes for Every Meal by Tara Duggan

· Waffles: Sweet, Savory, Simple by Yanagihara, Dawn and Schaeffer, Lucy

· Waffle Recipes: Wonderful Waffles and Syrups Cookbook by Hupp, Katherine

· Waffles: From Morning to Midnight by Dorie Greenspan


Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through

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Waffle facts:
• The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.”
• Liege waffles were invented by the chef of Prince-Bishop of Liege in the 18th Century. The waffles are richer,denser, & sweeter.
• Liege is a city in Eastern Belgium.

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• In the late 1800’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron.
• In the US, we get TWO chances to celebrate waffles! National Waffle Day is August 24! It celebrates the first patented waffle iron. The patent was submitted by Cornelius Swarthout in 1869

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• The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.

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• Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.
• The first Waffle House restaurant opened on Labor Day in 1955 in Avondale Estates, GA.

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• Since its founding in 1955, the Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles

• Each year Waffle House customers eat more than 334,000 pounds of pecans in their waffles. That is more than 21 million pecans.

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• Brussels waffle Invented in 1839 didn’t make it to the United States until 1964 making its premier at the World Fair
• Maurice Vermersch sold his wife’s fluffy Brussels Waffles at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Since he didn’t think anyone knew where Brussels was, he dubbed them “Belgian Waffles.”

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• The Belgium waffle is originally know as a Brussels waffle. The waffle is a thicker waffle with deeper pockets.
• There are several types of waffles – American, Belgian, Scandinavian, Liège, Hong Kong, and Dutch stroopwafels.

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Waffle irons come in a large variety of choices. Waffle irons can make a very thin waffle, capable of making waffle cones or Pizzelle. There is no set standard for waffle shapes or thicknesses, models that fall within the most common shapes and thicknesses are often labeled as "traditional" or "classic". Models that make thicker and/or larger pocketed waffles are often labeled as "Belgian" waffle makers.

You can make waffles for anytime day or night.

• If you make too many, you can always freeze leftover waffles and reheat in the toaster or toaster oven.

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