The waffle. It originated in Belgium, but America has put a different spin on the sweet concoction. In fact, the”Belgian waffle” is known as the “Brussels waffle” in Belgium. Contrary to popular belief, the term “Belgian waffle” actually originated in America, not Belgium. Known in Belgium as the Brussels waffle, this treat is actually made from a lighter, yeast-leavened batter, and has a rectangular shape. Brussels waffles are very popular in America, and can be replicated at home in waffle irons.

The second type of waffle is the “Liege waffle:” a handheld waffle that originated in Belgium. In fact, the term “Liege” comes from an eastern town in Belgium. Liege waffles are made with a thicker, bread-like dough, making them thicker and stickier than Brussels waffles. This dough has an added component that Brussels waffles do not: chunks of sugar. This sugar caramelizes, and forms a golden, crispy coating. The appearance of the liege waffle is a little more round and uneven, which produces a dense and sweet waffle.

Just like Brussels waffles, Liege waffles can be baked with vanilla, fruit, or other toppings within if you want to really taste the authentic flavor of the waffle. Otherwise, it is common to pile on the toppings depending on how sweet you like your waffle. Unlike in America, waffles are served anytime of the day in Belgium, typically as a snack or dessert. Come to Chocolade van Brugge and experience the taste of a true liege waffle!

Come celebrate National Waffle Day on August 24th at Chocolade van Brugge!

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