Our Red Velvet Belgium Waffle is a sweet, rich treat worth enjoying throughout the summer. But did you ever wonder what sets this kind of waffle apart from the ones you traditionally find in the grocery store?
In today’s blog, we will be looking at the key differences that make this classic Belgian treat stand out from the rest.
If you went to Belgium today and asked for this kind of waffle, you might be met with an odd look! This is because the Belgian or Belgium waffle is chiefly an American treat, a specific way to make waffles inspired by a Belgian recipe-whereas in Belgium itself, waffles are differentiated based on specific locales (such as Brussels or Liège).
This kind of waffle was first introduced to the United States at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, but was made especially popular two years later at the New York City World’s Fair. The waffles were originally dubbed “Brussels Waffles” after their city of origin, but the name was changed to “Bel-Gem Waffles”—and, later, the name we know them by today—because many Americans did not know that Brussels was Belgium’s capital.
This kind of waffle is characterized in part by its lighter, crispier texture compared to other waffles. This was originally due to the waffle’s recipe, which called for yeast leavening (although baking powder is often used today).
Deeper pockets than ordinary waffles make this Belgian treat especially apt at holding lots of syrup and other toppings—which we’re very thankful for!
Finally, these waffles are noted for their versatility. Unlike American waffles, which are traditionally eaten at breakfast, Belgium-inspired waffles can be eaten at breakfast, brunch or even as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream on top. It’s truly a treat for any time of the day.
You know the facts—now come and experience the deliciousness of our Red Velvet Belgium Waffle in person! It’s a tasty spin on an already delicious dish, and you don’t want to miss out.