Today, March 25, is International Waffle Day (!)—not to be
confused with National Waffle Day, which is acknowledged annually on August 4. The celebration
originated in Sweden
where, allegedly, it's called V¥ffeldagen.
According to [link href="http://www.mrbreakfast.com/article.asp?articleid=19" link_updater_label="external" target="_blank"]mrbreakfast.com, March 25th commemorates the first day of spring
(or 9 months to Christmas Eve, the day Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
she was pregnant); it is said that on this day women of Sweden would set aside their
winter tasks (like chopping wood and knitting) and begin their spring tasks—which
were, most notably, preparing waffles.
We at WomansDay.com are especially excited about the day, as we're about to release a totally awesome picture list of the wackiest waffles we've pretty much ever seen, but it's also given us the opportunity to learn a little bit about everyone's favorite breakfast, dessert or breakfast-dessert. Here's a little trivia:
Question 1: Where did International Waffle Day originate?
International Waffle Day originated in Sweden. It occurs nine months before Christmas, and is used to commemorate the first day of Spring.
Question 2: What language is the word waffle derived from?
Dutch. Waffle is derived from the Dutch word wafel.
Question 3: What's the main difference between Belgian waffles and American waffles?
How they're leavened. American waffles are leavened with baking powder, whereas Belgian waffles are leavened with yeast.
Question 4: During the 18th century, when there was a shortage of breads, what were waffles commonly made with?
Potatoes. During this time, waffles were commonly made with mashed potatoes.
Question 5: Since 1955 US restaurant chain Waffle House has served approximately how many waffles?
500 million. Since 1955 they have served nearly 500 million waffles.
Thanks, YumSugar.com (They provided the quiz and answers!)