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As you sniff the air, your tummy starts to rumble. You know that smell. It's the scent of a delicious round food covered in dimples that will soon be reservoirs of melted butter and maple syrup. That's right. We're talking about waffles!
Sure, pancakes are great, too, but there's just something about the crisp crunch of a waffle that satisfies the taste buds like no other breakfast treat can. When you consider how well they hold syrup and butter, it's easy to see why waffles are so popular.
Although butter and maple syrup are both traditional and popular toppings, many people branch out to enjoy their waffles with a variety of other toppings, including strawberries, blueberries, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.
Waffles have been around for a long time. Culinary historians believe waffles can be traced back to ancient Greece, where chefs roasted flat cakes between metal plates attached to long wooden handles.
The Greeks called these cakes obelios, and they weren't as sweet as modern waffles. Similar unleavened wafers called oublies were made by the Catholic Church out of grain flour and water in Medieval Europe many years later.
Eventually, other ingredients, such as spices, cream, honey, and butter made their way into the recipes for oublie batter. Leavening agents were also added to make the wafers thicker and doughier. The thicker wafer soon became the wafel.
In the 15th century, Dutch wafel makers began forging rectangular plates with a grid pattern. Although no one knows for sure, experts believe the waffle grid pattern that we know today came about naturally as a way to cook less batter over a greater surface area.
The Dutch are given credit for bringing the waffle to America. It would be a while before waffle irons were common in the United States, however. The first patent ever issued for a waffle iron went to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, New York, in 1869.
Today, many people enjoy waffles every day without the use of a waffle iron. Instead, they use a toaster. Thanks to Frank Dorsa and his Eggo waffles (originally known as "froffles"), frozen waffles have been a popular breakfast treat since the 1950s.