Waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner, oh, yeah!!!!  :))))  And you’ve got to get that great waffle shirt above (google: waffle t-shirt) If you do get it, PLEASE send me a pic with you wearing it. Thanks!

With my engrained morning routine of waking up and getting to the office early to work on your PIA (Pain in the @%$) Jobs! – (I get so much done before most of you have hit the snooze button), I sometimes forget to eat a hearty breakfast.  But when I make time, one of my favorites is to add a few waffles to the plate.  They are so simple and convenient – right from the freezer, pop ‘em into the toaster, a lot of butter in those little squares then lightly covered with powdered sugar and I’m good to go. Now when it comes to my girls and grandkids, all bets are off! – syrup, ice cream, whipped cream, cherry pie filling, fried chicken, et!  Like I often do when thinking about simple products, I get intrigued by the history and production of these little jems – ingredients, cooking (we call it heat treating around here – or more specifically thermal processing, as they are heated up, then frozen for freshness), packaging, boxing, shipping and consumption.  I took to the “net” to learn more and just had to share. Waffles date back to the Greeks and Romans (who knew they had toasters then??). Enjoy, and be sure to send me your favorite toppings and traditions ( Thanks to,,,, and Wikipedia for the info and YouTube for the video.

Start with a fun video (love the little needles)

  • Waffle-like cakes have been cooked since ancient times. The ancient Greeks cooked flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal plates. The Romans had a similar cake called “ocus.”
  • The modern concept of the waffle, with its distinctive grid pattern, originated in the 13th century when metal cooking plates with honeycomb patterns were developed in France.
  • Waffles gained popularity in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is said to have brought the first waffle iron to America from France.
  • Waffles have variations across different cultures. In Scandinavia, there are thin and crisp waffles often served with whipped cream and berries. In the Netherlands, the Dutch enjoy a type of waffle called “stroopwafels,” which consists of two thin waffles with caramel syrup in the middle.
  • Working in their parents’ basement in San Jose, California, in the early 1930s, Frank, Anthony, and Sam Dorsa first whipped up their own brand of mayonnaise. Since the base ingredient of mayonnaise is egg yolks — and the brothers took pride in using “100% fresh ranch eggs” — they christened their fledgling company “Eggo.” Despite launching the business during the Great Depression, Eggo mayonnaise sold like hotcakes, motivating the Dorsas to extend their product line. Soon, they were selling waffle batter — another egg-based product.
  • When the frozen food industry took off in the 1950s, the brothers wanted to take advantage of  the rush to the freezer aisle. Frank Dorsa (a trained machinist) repurposed a carousel engine into a rotating device that could anchor a series of waffle irons, each cooking a breakfast treat that was flipped by a factory employee. The machine allowed Eggo to prepare thousands of freezer-bound waffles per hour. These debuted in grocery stores in 1953 under the name Froffles, a portmanteau of “frozen” and “waffles.” Customers referred to them simply as “Eggos,” and the Froffles moniker was dropped within two years. Over the years, billions have been sold.
  • National Waffle Day: In the United States, August 24th is celebrated as National Waffle Day. This date commemorates the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron issued to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, in 1869.  Learn more
  • The Waffle House chain, founded in 1955, is an iconic institution in the southern United States. Known for its round-shaped waffles and 24/7 service, it has become a cultural phenomenon and a popular gathering spot. Some say, since they are open 24 hours a day, there are no locks on the doors.
  • Waffles can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings. Common choices include butter, syrup (maple syrup being the classic), powdered sugar, fresh fruits, whipped cream, chocolate spread, or even savory toppings like fried chicken in the case of the popular dish chicken and waffles. For exotic toppings, click
  • Waffle iron collecting is a niche hobby for some enthusiasts. Vintage waffle irons, with their unique designs and craftsmanship, are sought after by collectors who appreciate their historical and aesthetic value. See more here (I like the rabbits)
  • Waffles have evolved and become a beloved breakfast and dessert item worldwide. They continue to be enjoyed in various forms and flavors, delighting people of all ages.
  • Century in which waffle-eating parties called “wafel-frolics” became popular in the U.S. 18th.  What fun – learn more
  • The world’s largest waffle, created in the Netherlands in 2013 was 110 lbs.
  • Yummy homemade waffle mix recipe


Me, too.
As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way
into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos.
The next week there could be 15 logos.
And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing.
But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a
quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post.
On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers
and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  
Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count.
Got it? Good.  :-))))  
Have fun!!


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