Today is "National Waffle Day" which marks the date that the first U.S.A patent for a waffle iron granted in 1869 to one Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York. His was a device that was used in coal stoves to make the baked good by rotating it within a metal griddle with a closed lid within the hot stove. What separates a waffle from a pancake is that the waffle is made between two layers of metal and not flipped in the open air as a pancake would be. Pancakes may go back as far as the 1300s to Greece where there are reports of a similar product being produced though that appears to be a savory and not a sweet dish as it completely used today.
Of course you can make either a sweet or savory dish by adding chocolate to your waffle mix or topping it with chocolate treats. I've reviewed a mini baking chip in the past that I used to make waffles but today your Chocolate Priestess wants to compare two easily made waffle treats that you can find in a wide number of locations. I found both of these in our local Super Target store when they were on sale back in June 2010.
If waffles are not enough of a reason to celebrate, today is also "Vesuvius Day" marking the 79 CE explosion of that volcano which buried three Roman cities in a matter of hours. Hhmmm.... I wonder if I could find a way to combine both holidays next year? An edible volcano made of waffles? What do you all think?
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