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The modern waffle has its origins in the late Middle Ages. Waffle irons consisted of two metal plates connected by a hinge, with each plate connected to a wooden arm. Some plates had imprinted designs such as a coat-of-arms or landscape, while some had the now-familiar honeycomb/gridiron pattern (there is evidence that in the 14th century only wealthy kitchens would have irons). The iron was placed over a fire and would need to be flipped manually to cook both sides of the waffle.
These irons were used to produce a variety of different flat, unleavened cakes (usually from a mixture of barley and oats, not the white flour used today). Some were rolled into a horn or tube, others were left flat. In many cities, waffles were sold off carts by street vendors. Judging from extant illustrations, these vendors gave people their money's worth, as the waffles in question were about the size of a small pizza, although there was a hidden cost: because of stone grinding methods, there was so much grit in the flour that teeth were often worn to the gum-line by middle age.
According to Alan Hindley's Old French - English Dictionary, the medieval French term for waffle was "gauffre." This became "waffre" in English by at least the 15th century. According to the Gode Cookery Website, vendors of these goods were called "wafferers" in English-speaking places.
The Belgian Waffle was introduced into North America during the 1964 New York World's Fair by its Belgian inventor, Maurice Vermersch. Observing that most Americans didn't know where Brussels actually was, he decided to change the name from "Brussels Waffle" to the "Belgian Waffle".
Waffles in Flanders are often associated with the Flemish comic strip Nero by Marc Sleen. The characters enjoy a waffle feast ("wafelenbak") at the end of nearly each adventure.
Frozen waffles made their convenience food debut in U.S. grocery stores in 1953.
Waffle House is a large chain of franchise restaurants in the U.S.
In Germany and the Nordic countries the waffle is thin, similar to a pancake.
Europe's largest waffle factory is situated in Nuth, The Netherlands, where a variety of waffles made up of two thin waffles with a spread of sugar cane syrup or sometimes maple syrup in between is popular (stroopwafel).
It was the sweet food item chosen to represent Belgium in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006.
Thomas Jefferson is known for bringing a waffle iron to the U.S. from France in the 1790's, increasing their popularity. Waffle parties were a common form of entertainment at the time.