Who knew waffles could be so controversial? Or, to look at it another way, so beloved that they merit not one, but TWO days to celebrate them?
I was only ever aware of National Waffle Day, which is celebrated in the United States on August 24th. Imagine my surprise when I found out that there is an International Waffle Day that takes place on March 25th!
Was it just a matter of competing celebrations or were there reasons for having two separate dates? Turns out it’s the latter.
In the United States, National Waffle Day is celebrated on August 24th, to honor the anniversary of the issuance of the US patent on a waffle iron. Though the reason is not so exciting, it’s a good excuse to fire up the waffle iron and celebrate nonetheless.
International Waffle Day, which originated in Sweden, coincides with the observation of Our Lady’s Day/Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th. What do waffles have to do with a Christian religious tradition? Fun fact: in Swedish, Our Lady’s Day is “Vårfrudagen,” which sounds close to “Våffeldagen,” which means Waffle Day. Try sounding it out and you’ll see, even if you don’t speak Swedish. In any case, International Waffle Day now marks the beginning of spring in most countries.
With a Waffle day fast approaching, I thought about the best way to pay homage and decided that incorporating waffles throughout the day seemed to be the tastiest option. Why not? After all, we are celebrating, right?
Here are a few ways to enjoy waffles morning, noon, and night!
- Start off the day with a Belgian waffle topped with fresh berries and whipped cream. Feeling ambitious? Make the waffles from scratch, or else take a shortcut and use a pancake mix. Add some fresh lemon or orange zest to the batter to give a citrus flavor that complements the berries on top.
- Chicken and waffles is a popular combo at brunch, but instead of the sweet and salty combo, with syrup drizzled on top, try going all savory, by adding fresh herbs such as rosemary to the waffle batter or even using spicy cornbread batter. Top your chicken and waffles with honey spiked with hot sauce or aioli if you want to be extra fancy.
- End things on a sweet and indulgent note with a chocolate brownie waffle topped with ice cream. Use a premium brownie mix like Ghirardelli, and prepare according to the instructions, adding an extra egg. Or if you’re feeling super lazy at the end of a long, waffle-filled day, eat your ice cream in a waffle cone, I won’t tell!
These are just a few suggestions, obviously there are lots of other delicious ways to enjoy waffles. Let’s hear how YOU would celebrate International Waffle Day!