Waffle Day is a holiday which is celebrated in Sweden, as well as other places around the world, on March 25th. It’s not to be confused with National Waffle Day which is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States on August 24th.
History of Waffle Day
While the ancestor of the waffle – a hotcake made of cereal pulps – can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, the true waffle didn’t begin to take shape until 1100 BCE. This is when the ancient Greeks began to make flat cakes between two hot metal plates. The hotcakes were known as obleios (wafers) and they were usually served with herbs and various savory cheeses. Waffles continued to evolve during the Middle Ages as bakers made a variety of unleavened cakes during this time. During the 13th century, these cakes finally became waffles as they were cooked between two hot irons that gave them a honeycomb-like appearance. They were then given the name wafla – an Old French word which means “honeybee hive.” In English, wafla would become waffles. It is believed that Waffle Day originated in Sweden as Våffeldagen. This day usually marks the beginning of spring – an event that is celebrated by eating waffles.
- In the U.S., the Waffle House Sells Over 145 Waffles a Minute
- The World’s Biggest Waffle Was 8-Feet and 110-Pounds
- Thomas Jefferson Brought the First Waffle Iron to America
- In 1911, General Electric Introduced the First Electric Waffle Iron
Celebrating Waffle Day
The best way to celebrate Waffle Day is enjoying a nice plate of them. You can enjoy them with syrup, with chocolate or with one of the other toppings they are normally served with. And if you prefer a savory waffle over a sweet one, then you can always have it with cheese.