Waffle lovers finally have their day of recognition on June 29, which is the day National Waffle Iron Day is observed. Some people enjoy their waffles plain with syrup, but we like ours topped with berries, whipped cream, and syrup. Who knew a simple machine would make such a big impact on our lives!
The waffle iron is usually two honeycomb-patterned metal plates hinged together. A person pours or places the dough between the heated plates and then closes it to bake the waffle. Other patterns are also currently on the market in modern time to reflect pop culture as the waffles are baked into famous animated characters and other shapes.
Waffle irons got their start in the 14th century in the Low Countries. Even the earliest designs that were used over an open fire would have elaborate designs such as coats of arms and religious symbols.
The first patent in the USA for a waffle iron was in 1869, submitted by Cornelius Swarthout. In 1911, General Electric produced a prototype electric waffle iron. The first electric waffle iron was available to the general public in 1918.
Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, an Oregon Track Coach at the time, used his wife’s waffle iron to create a sole for footwear that would be lightweight but also grip a surface. This design would soon be called the “Moon Shoe” in 1972 and the “Waffle Trainer” in 1974. His waffle iron shoe helped spur the growth of Blue Ribbon Sports / Nike.
Waffle iron makers today offer a large variety of choices from waffle irons that make very thin waffles to those that can make waffle cones.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY
Break out your waffle iron and give it a good work out. Use #NationalWaffleIronDay to share your masterpieces on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY
The origins of National Waffle Iron Day are unknown at this time.