Waffles are more versatile than one might think. They are used in desserts, served as breakfast, or paired with chicken and soup. They also come in a variety of shapes, textures, and tastes.

Today we examine the different types of waffles, their tastes and textures, and how they are best served.

1) American Waffles

American Waffles

American waffles are thin and dense with small and numerous pockets. These pockets are ideal for holding syrup or gravy. They are traditionally eaten as breakfast food but can be used as a dessert or bread in a main dish. Consider, for example, using it to make a sandwich.

American waffles are made with baking powder. This will prove to be an important distinction as we go through the other waffle recipes. It’s also what enables it to be thin and dense.

2) Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Strangely, Belgian waffles are not derived from Belgium. They trace their origins to North America. They’re essentially the North American version of the Brussels-style waffle. The main differences are that they’re thicker, lighter, and have larger deeper pockets. They also have finished edges. They can be rectangular, square, or round. They are most often served for breakfast or with dessert.

They are made with baking powder instead of yeast.

3) Brussel Waffles

Brussel Waffles

Brussel waffles use egg whites or yeast. This ensures it has a fluffy, light texture and taste. They are typically crisp and have large, deep pockets. These pockets are ideal for holding syrup or ice cream. They have straight, finished edges and are always rectangular.

4) Liege Waffles

Liege Waffles

With an irregular, unfinished shape, the liege waffle is best known for its texture and sweet taste. It is made with yeast dough and covered in pearl sugar for a caramelized coating. This coating prevents them from becoming soggy when served with whipped cream or ice cream.

5) Waffle Boats

You can use any waffle recipe to make these. What distinguishes them is that they are shaped like boats, allowing you to stuff their insides with whatever you like. You can use it as a breakfast, dessert, or part of a dinner entrée.

6) Waffle on a Stick

Waffle on a Stick

While you can make these in regular waffle makers, many manufacturers make waffle makers specifically designed to make them. They are what they’re named – waffles on a stick – and are sold as an on-the-go treat.

7) Waffle Cones

Waffle Cones

These waffles are incredibly thin! They have shallow pockets, allowing operators to easily roll them into various shapes. They are best served with ice cream, whipped topping, and fruit.

8) Mini Waffles

Mini waffles use the same recipe as Belgian waffles, except they’re made to be much thinner. Therefore, they are stackable. They are paired well with chicken or can be used as sandwich bread. Consider serving them for breakfast like stackable pancakes.

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