HISTORY OF THE WAFFLE
Ancient times: The Greeks cooked flat cakes between two hot metallic plaques. This method continued throughout the Middle Ages.
1200: While hammering metallic plates, a craftsman came up with the characteristic honeycomb shape.
1620: English pilgrims who lived in Holland emigrated for America on the Mayflower, carrying with them the Dutch wafel. The waffles we know originated from that.
1700: Thomas Jefferson (the 3rd US President), returned from France with a waffle cooking machine which was a small baking pan that gave shape and crunchiness to the waffle.
1911: The first electric waffle maker is invented.
1955: The first waffle restaurant opens in an Atlanta suburb. Today there exist over 1.300 such restaurants.