Belgium is for Foodies
Known for its incredible selection of cheeses, chocolates, fries, and beer—Belgium is a foodie paradise, with a long tradition of epicurean delights. For example, cheese-making traditions can date back to the Middle Ages! Chocolate, one of Belgium’s leading industries, has been produced here since the early seventeenth century. And while it may be difficult to pinpoint just when and where waffles can trace their origins (the first reference of the Dutch waffle can be found in the 13th century, while researchers have located writings on the French waffle in 1185), one thing is certain: waffles are synonymous with Belgium.
Belgian Waffles are one of the most beloved treats in the country. Brought to the United States at the World’s Fair in the 1960’s, waffles have been a mainstay of Belgian diets for centuries. There are over a dozen classifications of waffles, including the famous stroopwafle of the Netherlands.) But a Belgian Waffle is distinct from all others as it is recognized for its lighter batter, larger squares and deeper waffle pockets (they are made from 1 ½ inch depth irons). Traditionally, this waffle is meant to be eaten as street food, but it is also found in tea rooms, commonly known as gauferies.