Bruges Waffles & Frites restaurant franchises love waffles. In fact, we’ve built our business around them! Join Bruges as we celebrate International Waffle Day on March 25! In honor of the occasion, we have prepared some of our favorite fun facts about waffles:
- Waffles are so popular in America, they have two days honoring them! While March 25 is International Waffle day that recognizes the waffle’s beginning in Sweden. August 24 is National Waffle day and commemorates the first patented waffle iron in the USA in 1869.
- Waffles are not a new food! In the middle ages, waffles were cooked over a fire between two metal plates and a wooden handle. Some of these plates had the grid design we know today, while others were much fancier boasting coats of arms.
- The first known waffle recipe dates back to the 14th century written by a husband giving his young wife directions for baking the treat she had come to love.
- The waffle was introduced to America by the Pilgrims. Travelling without this comfort food must have seemed unbearable.
- Record for the The World’s Largest Waffle was set by Stitchting Gouda Oogst of the Netherlands in 2013. The waffle weighed 110 pounds 3.68 oz, and had a diameter of 8 ft 1.24 inches!
- The World Waffle Eating Championships experienced an upset in 2007 when Patrick Bertoletti ate 29 waffles in 10 minutes beating the former champion.
- Waffles are not all created equal! Different varieties include: Brussels, Liege, American, Scandinavian, Hong Kong and Dutch stroopwafels.
- Waffle is a Dutch word for ‘Wafer.’
- Waffles are such a beloved food that Parry Gripp even wrote a song called, “Do You Like Waffles?”
- Bruges Waffles & Frites began offering opportunities to own our restaurant franchises in 2015, and are continually inviting potential franchise owners to “smell the waffles.”
Waffles are a cultural icon in Belgium, and Bruges Waffles & Frites is on a mission to introduce Americans to authentic Liège Belgian waffles. When our founders, Philippe Wyffels and Pierre Vandamme, both Belgian natives, met in Salt Lake City they reminisced over the flavors and aromas of their childhood cuisine. Together, they set out to recreate the authentic Liege waffle they remembered from their youth, and share it with their new community. The result was better than they imagined, and the fan base for their amazing waffles continues to grow.
We are now offering restaurant franchises throughout the western United States. What could be better than celebrating International Waffle Day by introducing your town to the authentic flavors of Belgian waffles? For more information, we invite you to visit our online discovery center.