Most people don’t know the differences between regular waffles and Belgian waffles. Whereas it is important to be familiar with the differences between the two types of waffles, it is equally imperative to be familiar with the history of these two waffles so that you can understand their difference a lot better.

History of the Belgian waffles

These waffles are quiet popular in North America and were initially showcased at an Expo that took place in Brussels in 1958. They were introduced to the US by a Belgian called Maurice Vermersch. They were first named Bel-Gem Waffles. In the US, they had their debut in Settle Washington D.C at Century 21 Exposition in 1962. They were later on popularized in the US during the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

History of the regular waffles

The history of regular waffles dates back to the 16th century. They began as a mixture of water and flour being placed between two iron plates and then heated until they are ready for consumption. There are different types of waffles ranging from Brussels, Flemish, American, Belgian, Hong Kong styles to Pandan waffles.

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Difference between regular and Belgian waffles 

Below are some of the common differences between the two waffles.

Size -This is the most notable difference between the two types of waffles. Belgian waffles are larger in size as compared to regular waffles. They also have high grid patterns and lighter batter in comparison to regular waffles.

The kind of iron used two make the waffles – the irons used to make Belgian waffles are thicker and have deeper squares than the iron that is used to make regular waffles. The iron that is used for making regular waffles has fewer squares that are less thick as compared to those of the iron that is used to make Belgian waffles.

Pockets -Belgian waffles are known to have deeper pockets in comparison to their regular counterparts. The deeper pockets make them ideal for a large amount of fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream.

Recipe -Regular waffles are made using baking powder instead of yeast. This is done with the aim of giving the batter a lift. Regular waffles are a little denser as compared to other waffles particularly the Belgian waffles. Belgian waffles are made using yeast dough. They normally require one to beat a couple of egg whites. Some of the common indicators of a quality Belgian waffle are a crisp brown exterior and a fluffy interior. Belgian waffles are great when served with desserts and vanilla cream. Regular waffles can be served with a drink or a little fruit salad. However, Belgian waffles are deemed to be more versatile since they appear in several meals courses and not just breakfast alone.

Cost -Due to their size and the ingredients that are used to make them, Belgian waffles are way costly as compared to regular waffles. Even though the cost of Belgian waffles may vary from one place to the other, there are however sold expensively as compared to different types of waffles.