Belgian Waffles from 9 Famous Foods Named for Places Around the World (slideshow)

9 Famous Foods Named for Places Around the World (slideshow)

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Belgian Waffles

Also known as the Brussels waffle, the Belgian waffle had its humble beginnings in the Middle Ages as a mixture of barley and oats cooked in a “waffle iron” made from two metal plates connected by a hinge and attached to an arm with a wooden handle. Traditionally sold at church fairs and saint feast day festivities it was finally brought to America in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York by Maurice Vermersch (Americans referred to it as the Belgian waffle because many didn’t know where Brussels was). Belgian waffles are eaten with a light dusting of sugar.