Whether you prefer them smothered in syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, or heaped with fried chicken, there's no denying that waffles are a delectable part of the American diet. Although waffles can be traced back to Ancient Greece, that deliciously symmetrical honeycomb shape wasn't perfected until the 19th century. It's no wonder we celebrate National Waffle Day on Aug. 24—on this day in 1869, a man named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for the waffle iron.
Why We Love National Waffle Day
1. You Can Eat Waffles Sweet or Savory
From brioche to batard, regular old bread has a spectrum of sweetness—and so do waffles. Waffles are scrumptious with maple syrup or fried chicken (but preferably both!), and those are just two of the countless options available to waffle lovers.
2. You Can Travel the World Just to Eat Waffles
Lots of countries have their own unique take on waffles. Head to Belgium for a chocolate sauce-smothered Brussels waffle in the country’s capital, then travel to southern Belgium for a donut-like Liege waffle. After flying further south to Italy, you can snack on a crunchy pizzelle, then travel north for a jam-topped Scandinavian waffle in Sweden.
3. Waffles Can Take Your Sandwich to the Next Level
Ever heard of a wafflewich? Having waffles on either side of that hamburger patty is actually a thing. Simply toast two waffles, slather them with butter, add your favorite meat and toppings—and voila!
How to Celebrate National Waffle Day
1. Eat Waffles at Every Meal
Waffles aren’t just breakfast items—you can enjoy them throughout the day. Try planning your entire day around the waffle: waffles with syrup for breakfast, chicken and waffles for lunch, a Belgian waffle for your afternoon snack, and a Philly Cheesesteak wafflewich for dinner. Want to make it easy? Park yourself in between a Waffle House and a Denny’s and make it happen! Denny’s has over 1,600 restaurants, and Waffle House tops 2,000, so that shouldn’t be too hard!
2. Finally Buy Yourself That Waffle Iron
We know—you don’t need that waffle iron. But today is an excuse to finally give in and buy yourself one. You know you’ve been looking at it for months, anyway.
3. Host a Waffle Party
Now that you’re in possession of a shiny new waffle iron, it’s time to put it to good use. Get out the butter and syrup, invite your friends over, and fry up a heap of fresh waffles. Be sure to give your guests options—jam, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and peanut butter are musts.