National Waffle Day 2019 happened on March 25. In 2020, the little known holiday will be celebrated again on the same day, which falls on a Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but waffles are the crème de la crème of sweet breakfast entrée. Where did these golden delights originate anyway?
In the Beginning…
The Greeks served obleios, wafers of hotcakes cooked between two hot metal plates. These wafers were served with savory cheeses and herbs. (Far from the sweet creation we’ve got today.) In the 13th century, the waffle finally took on its recognizable “honeycomb” shape. Even the word waffle comes from an old French word wafla which means “honeybee hive.” I wonder what people poured, if anything, onto waffles back then. Honey? Syrup? Or a dab of butter?
Waffles Get Their Day
Historians assume Waffle Day started in Sweden as Våffeldagen, which typically coincides with the beginning of spring, which in Sweden is celebrated by eating waffles. In 2020, bite into a warm waffle on International Waffle Day, March 25.
Let’s not waffle around and get to some interesting facts:
- Waffle House, an American breakfast diner, serves approximately more than 145 waffles a minute.
- The first waffle iron was brought to America by Thomas Jefferson. (Thank you, Mr. Jefferson!)
- General Electric helped fill kitchens across the world with the sweet aroma of freshly made waffles by introducing the first ever electric waffle iron in 1911. (Thank you, GE!)
- The biggest waffle on record was 8 feet 1.24 inches in diameter and weighed a whopping 110 lbs. and 3.68 oz. (Thank you, Stichting Gouda Oogst!)
Waffles for Breakfast
Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando has a lot of great amenities for its guests, but the best and tastiest has to be fresh made waffles for breakfast. After waking, walk over to Plaza Garden Restaurant and enjoy the breakfast buffet where all-you-can-eat waffles are waiting to be devoured. We also have these neat syrup dispensers that allow a precise pour so that people like me can pour a tiny amount of maple syrup into each crevice of the waffle. We also have neatly packaged pads of butter if you like to add this delicate dairy richness to the sweet waffle flavor.
Next time you’re in Orlando for vacation, stay at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando where you know you’ll get all you can eat waffles every morning. Click the Check Availability button at the top of this page to get started on booking your Orlando vacation.