By Terry Orr
Waffle irons originated in Belgium during the 14th century. These early contraptions consisted of two metal plates hinged together. The plates were then attached to a long pole, which allowed the cook to hold the iron over an open fire. In 1869, a man named Cornelius Swarthout patented the first American waffle iron. This device was designed for cooking waffles over the burner of a wood or gas stove. Fifty years later, General Electric began producing the first electric waffle irons for everyday use. (Source: Punchbowl.com)
Waffle Irons come in all sorts of sizes and shape – with many different patterns to satisfy most people – but I suspect we will see even more in the coming months and years ahead.
Here are a variety of Waffle Irons:
(Photos from Google)