MORRISTOWN, NJ -- National Waffle Day is marked every year in the U.S. on August 24, the date that Cornelius Swarthout received a patent on his waffle iron in 1869.
Fun Facts About Waffles
- The word “waffle” is from the Dutch, meaning “wafer.” The treats date back to the Middle Ages when the light, thin cakes called "wafers."
- In the late 1700’s, Thomas Jefferson returned from France with a waffle iron that was reportedly the first one in America.
- National Waffle Day is August 24, the anniversary of a U.S. patent for a waffle maker being issued to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, NY, in 1869.
- Eggo Waffles were introduced in supermarket freezer sections in 1953.
- Maurice Vermersch sold his wife’s Brussels Waffles at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. Thinking that Americans wouldn't know where Brussels was, he dubbed them “Belgian Waffles.”
- In 2007, Thomas DeGeest, a native of Belgium and a former IBM consultant, launched the iconic Wafels & Dinges food truck in New York City. His wafel empire now includes kiosks in parks throughout Manhattan, a stand-alone store on the Lower East Side, and a location at the Kennywood Amusement Park outside Pittsburgh.