When you think about Belgian food, three things usually come to mind – beer, chocolate – and the humble waffle. Belgian waffles are probably one of the more popular and common foods that come from Belgium in the international arena.
But did you know there are two different types of Belgian Waffles? They are the Brussels Waffle and the Leigeois Waffle.
The Brussels Waffle is the type that is most commonly known as the Belgian Waffle. It was introduced into the USA at the 1964 New York World’s Fair by Maurice Vermersch. He renamed it the Belgian Waffle because most Americans during that period did not know where Brussels was. It is typically prepared from a yeast-leavened batter, and has large divets. Street Food Vendors serve the waffle warm with confectioners sugar dusted on top of it. It can also be ordered topped with whipped cream, chocolate, strawberry, fruits or ice cream.
Leigeois Waffles, also known as Leige Waffles, can be bought from Street Food Vendors or in the supermarket. It is typically eaten hand-held. Unlike the Brussels Waffle, the Leige Waffle is round and has sugar baked into it. The sugar baked into the waffle gives the waffle a caramelised sugar coating on the outside, making it look golden brown. They are usually plain, vanilla or cinnamon flavoured. They can also be topped with whipped cream, fruits or ice cream.
If you are currently visiting Belgium and are a fan of waffles and chocolate and are looking for the perfect quick snack or have arrived in the middle of the night and all the shops are closed – head to the nearest junk food vending machine and order yourself a either a plain vanilla waffle or a King-Sized Waffle coated in chocolate. Score!