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Aug 30, 2009 05:52 AM

Non-Belgian Waffles

I am craving an old fashioned waffle - the kind that were thin and square/rectangle, and usually had a bit of a crunch to them. The kind my mom used to make in her 1950's waffle iron.

I haven't been able to find the old fashioned waffles in years! Has anyone out there found them in New Jersey? (especially if you found ones with a bit of a crunch to them!!!!)

Thank you!
Asbury Park, NJ

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  1. Blame it on the Canadians! :) Belgian waffles were introduced to North America at the Montreal World's Fair in the mid '60s. There might have been some vestige before then, but that's when their popularity skyrocketed.

    The only place I've seen them is the do-it-yourself ones at hotel continental breakfasts.

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    1. re: cantkick

      Cantkick, Belgian waffles may have been introduced to Canadians at Expo 67 in Montreal but they were introduced to Americans at the 1964 World's Fair in New York (I've also heard that they were around at the Seattle World's Fair two years earlier).

      According to Wikipedia,

      "Although originally showcased in 1960 at Expo 58, Belgian waffles were popularized in the United States during the 1964 New York World's Fair at Flushing Meadows Park, USA. The waffle was introduced by Maurice Vermersch of Brussels, Belgium. Originally called Brussels waffles, Vermersch decided to change the name upon observing the poor geographical skills of Americans. The waffles were served with whipped cream and strawberries, and retailed for a dollar."

      A number of sites point out that the waffles were actually sold as Bel-Gem waffles. Sounds like we couldn't find Belgium on a map AND couldn't spell the name of the country!

      I'm somewhat mystified by the 1960 comment. I know some world's fairs carried over from one year to the next but two years??

      1. re: ambrose

        After reading that I think I'd like a waffle whip cream strawberry sandwich, Wonder why they stopped those world fairs.

        1. re: jrd303

          LOL! Yeh, even though it's 9:40 PM right now I'm craving a waffle.

          Actually, the world fairs - or more correctly, world expositions - continue. We just don't hear much about them unless they're held in North America. I believe there's a fair next year in China.

    2. This thread contains SOME information regarding waffles in the Central New Jersey area. It may help with your quest.

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      1. re: shabbystorm

        Thank you - I see a few places recommended and I'll call them to see if they have the good old fashioned kind of waffles. I'm blown away that seemingly all of America has bought into Belgian waffles. I don't mind them existing, I just don't like that I have lost my freedom of choice of waffles...

      2. You know, old fashioned waffles should not be that hard to find. But I was surprised to go to the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) website and find their menu only has "Belgian Waffles" as their waffle item. Go figure. The plain Jane chain called "Waffle House" has no locations in New Jersey, but you can plan a weekend trip to Bethlehem, PA or Allantown, PA, or Smyrna, Delaware.
        Closer to home, put a regular style waffle iron on your Christmas or Hannukah wish list and by New Years, you and your family will be knee deep in maple syrup and waffle heaven. We still get out the waffle iron periodically for a quick "waffle supper."

        I found a 2008 thread on Chowhound that focused on the Last Legg Chicken and Waffles Restaurant in Somerset, NJ. I am not familiar with the food combo of chicken-and-waffles, but apparently, it has its fans. When one chowhound described their enjoyment of the "pillow soft" waffles, though, I thought there probably wouldn't be much there for a crunch-lover. But if the restaurant is good, they can probably do a special order of "crunchy" for you,wouldn't you think?

        Florida Hound.

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          1. re: Florida Hound

            Chicken & Waffles! Wow! That's a combo I've never had but the term was vaguely familiar, so I Googled it. Soul Food! I saw the term on a menu a couple years ago at a church-restaurant in Bed-Sty. Church-restaurant is just that. In the basement or attached to an African-American church that serves home made food to help support the church. Think sweet potato pie made by someone's grandma!!!! Some of the chicken + waffle images I saw showed round waffles but with the smaller dents & bumps of the old crunchy style rather than the Belgian style which has larger dents & bumps. Back when I was at the church in Bed-Sty I imagined it to be like IC on a waffle - a chicken sandwich on a waffle! Now that I've seen pictures of chicken & waffles, I wish I'd tried it.