Do You Love Waffles?

By / Food / March 25th, 2011 / 1

Happy 75th birthday, Eggo Waffle! In honour of that achievement, today has been named International Waffle Day.

According to Wikepedia, waffles go back to Medieval times when people baked cake-like dough between two hot irons. The resulting waffle probably more closely resembled an Italian pizzelle cookie than a modern-day waffle. Popular in Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, they can probably be found in varying forms all over the world. Eggo brand, developed specifically for toasters, has been popping up for three quarters of a century. What’s your favourite topping? I admit I’m partial to butter and real maple syrup. But, people have been known to top their waffles with all manner of stuff — fruit, jam, yogurt, honey ….

Kellogg conducted a poll recently and found that more than half of all Canadians (57%) can properly complete the phrase L’Eggo my Eggo. The older you are the more likely you are to be able to recite that phrase off by heart.

Eggo teamed up with three chefs across Canada to celebrate the big 7-5. Carl Heinrich of Marben in Toronto, Chef Wayne Harris of Market at the Shangri-La in Vancouver, and Chef Laurent Godbout at Chez L’Epicier in Montreal pulled out their toasters for the event. Here are their waffle renditions:

Chef Heinrich: Toasted Eggo Waffles with Maple-Apple Sauce, Yogurt and Granola
Chef Harris: Peaks of Vancouver Eggo
Chef Godbout: Apple ‘n Cheese Eggo Waffle

Did you know?

• Eggo waffles were born in 1936.
• They were named Eggo because of their rich “eggy” taste.
• In 1972 Kellogg launched the slogan “L’Eggo my Eggo”.
• If laid end-to-end, there are enough Eggo waffles sold every year in Canada to reach the entire distance across the country more than three times.

How would you make someone L’Eggo your Eggo?

• resort to tickling the thief
• hide the toaster
• yell: “L’Eggo”!


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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