According to a 2017 article on the National Museum of American History website, waffle-making goes back to ancient Greece, with the Dutch colonists bringing the food to this country back in the 1600s.
Waffle irons themselves were in existence long before Aug. 24, 1869, when the U.S. Patent Office 'issued a patent to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, New York, for his design for an "Improvement in Waffle-Irons,'" the website also said.
This Valentine's Day, make waffles special by dressing them up with homemade chocolate ganache.
And if you're wondering how chocolate became part of the Valentine's Day tradition, thank Richard Cadbury, who's family manufactured chocolate.
In 1861, according to the Smithsonian magazine website, Richard Cadbury began adding Cupids and rosebuds to heart-shaped boxes. His thinking was that, after people had eaten the chocolate, they could store love letters inside the boxes.
Don't have a waffle maker? Short on time?
Then use prepare packaged frozen waffles in their place. Make them extra fancy by making the ganache from scratch and adding the toppings.
Photos courtesy of Timothy Baran.