You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and fruit or maple syrup.
You can eat them as a dessert with whipped cream and fruit or even ice cream.
So let's give Cornelius Swartwout from Troy, New York, a big thank you. He's the one who patented a waffle iron in 1869.
A Little History
Throughout history, some form of hot cake has been cooked. Primitive man used hot stones, flipping the cake to cook both sides. When the Iron Age rolled around, an iron plate was used. The lowly hot cake progressed through Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages.
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The Waffle Iron
Good old American ingenuity came to the forefront in the early 1900's when General Electric introduced their electric waffle iron.
In 1953, the Dorsa brothers introduced frozen waffles. Two years later that product name was changed to Eggo. After the 1964 World's Fair in the Big Apple, the Belgian waffle became popular.
My mom made waffles. Her waffle iron was a G.E. and weighed a ton. Her waffles were crispy and light and so very good.
I've never bought the frozen waffles because I figured they couldn't possibly be as good as homemade ones.
Waffle irons range in price from about $25.00 to well over $100.00. I own 2--one for each house. The older one I've had for over 20 years. It cost me $9.00 and is heavy like my mom's. It still works great.
The newer one is a Black & Decker like the one in the picture above. I bought it from Amazon. Like most modern appliances, it's rather lightweight, but it too works well. In fact, when I finished this post, I made waffles with it!
If you don't want to make a waffle today and don't like the frozen kind, then go to Waffle House for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! They make a pretty good waffle too!