Waffles have existed for a long time and still make us happy to this day, which is why they certainly are deserving of celebration. This appetizing dish is tasty not matter the time of day and comes in many delicious forms. Known to fix anything, waffles are particularly enjoyable when topped with pure maple syrup, although they can also be paired with many other foods. Waffle Day might not be celebrated by everyone, but the event is still fun as it makes for memorable moments to share with your loved ones.
In the United States, National Waffle Day is celebrated on August 24 each year. This food celebration day has its own meaning in the U.S., and other countries also highlight the event, although at a different time and for different reasons. For instance, in Sweden, Waffle Day is instead celebrated on March 25 and was originally a religious celebration. The purpose of the event has obviously changed over time, and this day is now the perfect occasion to feast on a pile of utterly delicious waffles while celebrating the beginning of spring. The American version of Waffle Day means to commemorate the invention of the first waffle iron, which happened in 1869 in New York. Of course, waffles already existed back then, but it was much easier to get them thanks to this clever patent. A healthier version of the event can also be celebrated on March 11, with Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day.
The good news is, there are many ways to celebrate National Waffle Day. Some restaurants in the United States offer free waffles to their customers, while more creative cooks really get at it and craft special meals for the occasion, blowing both your mind and your taste buds away. Of course, you can also enjoy your favorite waffle recipe at home. Because they are so versatile, these deep-pocketed treats can be enjoyed for breakfast, diner and even for supper, depending on your preferences. While celebrating with your family is an option, inviting friends over for a waffle party could prove a very fun experience too. It could be a great occasion to discover new recipes and topping combinations, for example.
As I mentioned, many possibilities are available to you if you wish to celebrate National Waffle Day at home. For example, freezer waffles are a pretty cheap and accessible option, even though they are not necessarily the best. The traditional waffle batter might suit you better if you have a little bit of time and a waffle iron on hand. For an even fancier dish, you can even try your hand at making Belgian waffles if you prefer their particularly crispy and light texture. Rest assured though: if those three alternatives do not satisfy you, there are other possibilities on the table as well. You can always get creative and add either classic or unconventional ingredients to your waffle batter. While you can easily get away with trial and error, a bunch of great recipes are also available online so you can make the most of this special day.
Chocolate chips and cinnamon are accessible ingredients if you wish to add a little something to your usual deep-pocketed batter. You could even add a small amount of maple syrup for a sweet, delicious twist, or try saltier alternatives such as potatoes or cheese if you are not necessarily aiming for a dessert.
Going for an existing recipe might also be a great option if you are not willing to take a chance. For instance, you could try a decadent banana bread waffles recipe if you have ripe bananas on hand, or even a brownie or cake mix waffles recipe depending on what is in your pantry. Sweet potato waffles or ice cream waffle sandwiches are also two tasty options, not to forget one of the most famous southern delicacies available – the fried chicken and waffles combination. Your favorite fluffy carb can also be made healthier by using a whole-grain batter instead of a regular one.
While trying new recipes is fun, it can be time-consuming, which is why you could also twist your meal by simply using special toppings. Most batters can be paired with maple syrup, but other foods can also be added to your plate to enhance the deliciousness of your dish. Superfoods like berries – blueberries, raspberries and the like – can be great if you do not wish Waffle Day to feel too heavy. Sliced pears and apples, Greek yogurt, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream also go very well with a pile of waffles. Some people crave for unique meals and prefer to use more unconventional toppings like spicy foods, cheddar cheese, nuts, bacon, lox or even guacamole.
In the end, it is up to you to decide how you will make the most of the event this year, whether you pour our delightful Grade A maple syrup on top of your waffles or not. In any case, have yourself a great National Waffle Day!