Who doesn’t loves waffles for breakfast? From a fancy Sunday brunch favorite to everyday morning rush, waffles have become one the favorite breakfast in America. Although it’s eaten everywhere in America, this history of waffle goes back to ancient Europe. we know historical waffle facts are boring, which is why we will stick with the fun waffle facts only. Let’s read about some waffle facts:
- Waffle Day originally began in Sweden as Våffeldagen. The day historically marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by the eating waffles.
- The word “waffle” came from Dutch which means “wafer”.
- Thomas Jefferson was the first to return to the US from France with a waffle iron in the 1800s.
- The first frozen waffles appeared in the supermarket freezer section in 1953.
- In the US, National Waffle Day is celebrated on August 24, marking the day waffle iron was first patented. The patent was registered under Cornelius Swarthout in 1869.
- In 1964 world’s fair in New York when Maurice Vermersch sold fluffy Brussels waffles, he did not think many people knew where Brussels was, so he called them “Belgian Waffles” instead.
- The Waffle House chain has sold more than 500 million waffles since it was established back in 1955.
- Parry Gripp created a song called “Do you like Waffles?”, to celebrate his love for waffles.
On Labor Day 1955, Joe Rogers and Tom Forkner’s dream became a reality–and an icon was born–when the first Waffle House restaurant opened its doors for business. After Unit 1 opened, there were no plans for another Unit, but the first restaurant established the Waffle House tradition of providing the friendliest service in town. A couple of years later (1957) Unit 2 was acquired and by 1961, there were four small restaurants.
In 1961, Joe left Toddle House and went to work full-time at Waffle House®. Tom went full time soon after. The 1960s saw the emergence of a restaurant chain focused on customer service with a short order concept and, true to its founding beliefs, shared the ownership generously with management.