5 Waffle Facts You Must Know
A Tasty World Record
On your hungriest morning, how many waffles do you think you could eat? If you said any number less than 29, then you have a ways to go to beat world record holder Paul Bertoletti. In 2007, Paul consumed 29 8oz waffles, during Waffle House's third annual waffle eating contest. Did we mention that he completed this in just 10 minutes!?
All in a Name
First appearing in the English language in 1725, the word waffle stems from the Dutch word, wafel, which means wafer.
Welcome to America
The Belgian waffle wasn't introduced to America until 1962 and at that time, it was known as the Brussels waffle. It wasn't until at the 1964 - 65 World's Fair in Queens, New York where this waffle type rose in popularity.
A Belgian family, The Vermerschs, set up a booth at the fair and shortly after they set-up, a line formed for these fluffy, yet crisp, delicacies. Sticklers for tradition, the family refused forks or knives to paying customers, because they insisted that eating with utensils was simply not how waffles were to be consumed.
If you visit Belgium, you'll find that many establishments believe this is still the best way to enjoy a proper waffle.
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