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NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY - August 24

NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY

National Waffle Day on August 24th commemorates the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent issued. Celebrate by savoring your favorite kind of waffle!

On August 24, 1869, Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for the waffle iron. While waffles existed long before then, the invention made waffles more readily available.  

Eaten throughout the world, a waffle is a leavened batter or dough. When cooked between two patterned plates, the dough bakes in the waffle’s characteristic uniform impressed surface. Waffles also come in many forms. Depending on the type of batter or iron used, the resulting waffle varies by consistency, size, shape, and flavor.  

Waffle irons and waffles originated around the 14th century.  An anonymous husband penned the first known waffle recipe as a set of instructions for his wife.  According to the manuscript, Le Ménagier de Paris, each of the four recipes began: 

Beat some eggs in a bowl, season with salt and add wine. Toss in some flour, and mix. Then fill, little by little, two irons at a time with as much of the paste as a slice of cheese is large. Then close the iron and cook both sides. If the dough does not detach easily from the iron, coat it first with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in oil or grease. 

  •  1911 – First electric waffle iron introduced by General Electric.
  • 1953 Frank Dorsa’s Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
  • 1964 – Belgian Waffles debut at New York’s World’s Fair.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWaffleDay

Enjoy your favorite waffle recipes. Or visit a local restaurant for some fresh served waffles. Restaurants across the country specialize in waffles, crafting delicious combinations for every meal of the day. No matter your preference, there’s a waffle for you!

Invite friends over for a waffle making party. Set up a buffet with fresh fruit, syrups, and nuts. Ask them to bring their best ingredients and get tasting! You never know what you’ll discover. 

True Belgian Waffles
Classic Buttermilk Waffles
Apple Cinnamon Waffles
Banana Oatmeal Buttermilk Waffles
Best Chocolate Chip Waffles

Use #NationalWaffleDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY HISTORY

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On August 24th in History

1795 

Reverend Samuel Henshall of Oxford, England receives the first patent for a corkscrew.

1847

Charlotte Brontë finishes the manuscript for the classic novel Jane Eyre.

1869 

Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received the first patent for the waffle iron, revolutionizing breakfast forever. 

1932 

Amelia Earhart completes the first transcontinental non-stop flight by a woman.

1949 

North Atlantic Treaty goes into effect.

1950 

A woman of many firsts, Edith Sampson was the first African American appointed as a U.S. representative at the United Nations.

1995 

Microsoft releases to retail the Windows 95 operating system.

2006 
The 9th planet in the solar system, Pluto, was demoted to a dwarf planet, much to the outrage of school children everywhere.
2008 

American men’s basketball team wins a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

2011 

Co-founder of Apple, Inc, Steve Jobs, resigns as Chief Executive Officer. 

2015 

Stephen Hawking presents his theory that black holes may provide passage to another universe.

2019 

Victor Vescovo reaches the deepest point in the Arctic becoming the first person to visit every ocean’s deepest point.

Born on August 24th

Zonia Baber – 1872

If you’ve ever taken a geography class and found it fascinating, you should probably thank Zonia Barber. Not only did the geography teacher promote the equal rights of women, but she also encouraged a practical understanding of geography.

Ray McIntire – 1918

As a chemical engineer for Dow Chemical Company, McIntire accidentally developed Styrofoam while trying to create a flexible, rubber-like insulator.

Gregory Jarvis – 1944

The electrical engineer is one of six astronauts who tragically died when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after lift off.

Marsha P. Johnson – 1945

As a leading activist for the LGBTQ community, Johnson also supported shelters for LGBT youth.

Anna Lee Fisher – 1949

As a physician and mother, Fisher became the first mother in space when she boarded the space shuttle discovery and launched into space.

She was one of six women selected to be NASA’s first female astronauts. The others? Shannon Lucid, Margaret Rhea Seddon, Kathryn Sullivan, Judith Resnik, and Sally Ride.

Orson Scott Card – 1951

The prolific science fiction writer is known for his Ender’s Game series which is now coming to film.

Oscar Hijuelos – 1951

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The novel follows the story of Cuban immigrants seeking the American Dream. In 1992, the novel came to the silver screen as the The Mamo Kings.

Mike Shanahan – 1952

The former head coach of the Denver Broncos led the team to consecutive Super Bowl wins.

Steve Guttenberg – 1958

The comedic actor is known for his roles in Police Academy, Short Circuit, and Three Men and A Baby.

Cal Ripken – 1960

Also known as “The Iron Man,” Ripken played infield for the Baltimore Orioles.

Marlee Matlin – 1965

The Oscar-winning actress earned numerous awards for her role as Sarah when Children of a Lesser God was brought to the silver screen. She first performed the role in the Broadway play by the same name. Since then, Matlin has performed in over 60 films and television shows. She is also an advocate for the deaf.

Reggie Miller – 1965

The round 1 NBA draft pick played 18 years with the Indiana Pacers.

Ava DuVernay – 1972

DuVernay became the first black woman to win the directing award at the Sundance Film Festival for her film Middle of Nowhere.

Orla Fallon – 1974

The professional singer and musician is a former member of Celtic Woman.

Rupert Grint – 1988

Best known for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series, Grint went on to a successful television career in the shows Sick Note and Snatch.

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