Fun Facts About Our Favorite Breakfast Food
As strange as this may sound, I wasn't a huge fan of waffles when I was younger. I was more of a pancake connoisseur but I have a feeling it's simply because I never had proper fluffy waffles. At that time the only waffles I had ever had were Eggo waffles, which I have nothing against, but homemade anything will always be better than a frozen creation that comes from a bag. Fast forward many years later and and my love for waffles has grown and they have become my new obsession. I legitimately feel this obsession started when I binge watched the show Parks and Rec. For those of you who are unfamiliar, you should probably become familiar because it's a fantastic show. The main character on the show, Leslie Knope, also loves waffles and yummy waffles are often featured on the show. The next time I went out to brunch I knew what had to be done and I was a happy camper. After that I knew I had to revisit Eggos, if they were good enough for eleven on Stranger Things they are good enough for me.
After deciding to give Eggos a second chance I discovered they now have 'Thick and Fluffy' waffles. This changed my life, I could now enjoy thick and fluffy Belgian style waffles every day! Realizing I had recently abandoned the forks in "Style and Forks" I decide it was time to do some food history research..my favorite type of history.
1. They're old!
The first mention of a waffle appeared in a manuscript written in the late 14th century. Written by a husband for his wife, the manuscript featured instructions on making waffles. Many, many, many years later, waffles were brought to America by pilgrims.
2. People Love Em'
The Waffle House which has been open since 1955 has sold over 877 million waffles. That is an incredible amount of waffles!!!
3. They Break Records
In 2013, the worlds largest waffle was made. Created by Stichting Gouda Oogst, the waffle weighed 110 pounds and was 8 feet in diameter. Obviously, Oogst is a genius and should have probably received many awards for this magical creation.
This is probably my favorite fact about Eggos...ever! When Eggo waffles were first introduced in 1953 they were called "Froffles", a combination of frozen and waffles. I find this very funny because it sounds like something I would do if I didn't know what to name something. The name later changed in 1955 but from this point forward they will be forever known as Froffles!
5. They Inspire!
Waffles inspired Nike's first pair of running shoes. Bill Bowerman, Nike co-founder, noticed the grooves in the waffles iron while having breakfast with his wife and realized they would make a great mold for running shoes.