Fast Food

KFC Is Testing Fried Chicken And Waffles In North Carolina

I’ve been guilty of buying a bucket of the Colonel’s Extra Crispy on multiple occasions and pairing them with some Eggos. There’s something about fried chicken and waffles that’s more magical than the first Shrek movie.

Looks like that bit of magic just became more real, because Kentucky Fried Chicken is now testing fried chicken and waffles in North Carolina.

Photo courtesy of KFC

Paired with Belgium Liege-style waffles and a serving of sweet syrup, KFC’s fried chicken is double breaded and open fried to give the cuts of poultry that signature booming crunch upon first bite.

Mike Wesley, KFC U.S. Senior Marketing Director, said in a statement:

“We know that chicken and waffles has a cult following across the country, especially in the south, but not everyone has it available close by.”

The tests will last through July 29 at participating KFC locations in Charlotte and Asheville, NC.


Culture Recipes

The Best Waffle Toppings, From Savory To Sweet

Photo: Shutterstock / baibaz

When it comes to waffles, I think it’s about time we moved past the standard butter-and-syrup routine. (Though that’s certainly delicious, too.) With a honeycomb pattern and fluffy-sweet taste, a plain waffle brings something quirky and special to the plate. So why not add wild toppings to make your meal downright fun? Or try unexpected batters and over-the-top spreads that’ll make your loved ones grin? I’ve ironed out the best toppings, from savory to sweet-plus a few unexpected ideas for wow-worthy waffles to get you started.

1. Make ’em healthy

Waffles don’t necessarily need to be mounded with butter and sugary syrups to be delicious. Lighten them up with a whole-grain batter, fresh toppings and nutrient-rich ingredients and they go from weekend indulgence to weekday jump-starter. Try these handpicked ideas:

Greek yogurt with honey and blueberries

Almond butter, sliced apples and honey

Vanilla yogurt, granola and raspberries

Fried egg, avocado and pico de gallo

Sliced kiwi, pineapple segments and toasted coconut

Applesauce, cinnamon and chopped walnuts

Bite-sized waffle BLT sandwiches Whole wheat waffles beside a bowl of a spinach and chicken mixture

2. Go savory for dinner

Who says the waffle fun has to stop at breakfast? I love the idea of sandwiching hearty ingredients between two waffles for a filling lunch or serving them with creamy sauce for dinner. These savory topping ideas make the case for digging into waffles well past morning hours.

Pork chops, sliced pears and maple syrup

Sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and shredded Parmesan

Sweet corn and spicy maple syrup

Corn bread waffles with chili, cheddar cheese and sour cream

Fried chicken with Sriracha honey

Fried chicken, avocado, salsa and jalapeno syrup

Goat cheese and balsamic syrup

Barbecue pulled pork with tangy coleslaw

Creamy chicken-spinach sauce

Sliced deli chicken, cheddar, mayo and sliced apple

Bacon, lettuce and tomato (slider style!)

3. Add toppings that are completely over-the-top

For those days where more is definitely more, load up your waffles with indulgent ingredients you can drizzle, sprinkle and top to your heart’s content. I think they’re just perfect for a birthday or special occasion-but we won’t judge if you dig in on any plain weekday, too.

The Elvis: Peanut butter, sliced bananas, bacon strips

The Sundae: Ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top

The S’more: Marshmallow fluff, crumbled graham crackers and chocolate sauce

The Southern Comfort: Macaroni and cheese with crumbled bacon

The Hawaiian: Crushed pineapple, sweetened shredded coconut and macadamia nuts

The Chocolate-Banana Blaster: Sliced bananas, hot fudge sauce, chocolate chips

The Sweet & Nutty: Nutella, sliced strawberries and pistachios

The Lox Lover’s: Cream cheese, lox and capers

The Benedict: Canadian bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce

Chocolate brownies piled high and topped with ice cream and caramel sauce Waffle iron cookies, wrapped in individual tissue paper and stacked together

4. Get creative with the batter

Instead of focusing largely on the toppings, one of my favorite things to do is use unique ingredients in place of the plain waffle batter. With a little non-stick grease, anything from brownie batter to leftover mashed potatoes can be made into waffles. Start with these fun twists.

Chocolate brownie waffle sundaes

Tater tots, topped with cheddar, jalapenos and diced tomatoes

Falafel-mix base, topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley

Mashed potato waffles with cheddar and chives

Red velvet cake batter with coconut syrup

Hashbrown waffles with fried egg, salsa and guacamole

Biscuit dough with mozzarella, pepperoni and pizza sauce

Sugar cookie waffles, sprinkled with powdered sugar

5. Let your guests decide

The best waffle toppings are the ones that are made just for you. Get inspired by New York’s waffle food trucks: Set up a waffle bar and let brunch guests go wild with their waffle creations. Place a platter of ready-made waffles surrounded by bowls of fun toppings at your next brunch party. With these topping ideas, you’ve pretty much got endless combos for fun.

Drizzles: Maple syrup, honey, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce and fruit syrups like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and more.

Spreads: Whipped butter, peanut butter, Nutella, cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream and yogurt.

Sprinkler: Powdered sugar, granola, rainbow sprinkles, bacon crumbles and chopped nuts like macadamias, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.

Fruit: Sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches, sliced kiwi and diced apples.

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Article by Rachel Seis from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Products Technology

This Single Pan Creates Pancake Waffle Hybrids

The allegiances behind a pancake or a waffle have been a storied rivalry.

Apparently this new PanWaffle pan finally bridges the gap between the two delicious breakfast staples and lets you enjoy the best of both worlds.

Brobible found this nifty little gadget that lets you create a hybrid PanWaffle.

Such ingenuity was created by Luke Zeutzius, a man who spent his youth battling his brother on whether their mom should cook pancakes or waffles for breakfast. Years later, the PanWaffle pan was born.

The device features a non-stick PFOA-free piece of cookware that evenly distributes heat to create a perfect PanWaffle. When you finish cooking, you can take the pan apart for easy cleaning and storage.

Hopefully they get the texture of waffles down. Otherwise we’d just be eating slightly elevated pancakes.

You can purchase a PanWaffle pan on Amazon for $39.99.

Adventures Sweets

The Reason New Yorkers Can’t Stop Putting Dinges On Their Waffles

Belgian waffles with fresh berries on rustic wooden backgroundPhoto: Shutterstock / Alena Haurylik

The essential difference between a traditional waffle and a true Belgian waffle is in the pockets. Traditional waffles are thin, with shallow pockets. Belgian waffles are thick, with deep pockets. And no one knows that better than Wafels & Dinges, purveyors of true Belgian waffles via food trucks, carts, and signature cafes in New York City, whose stated mission is to give America’s notion of Belgian waffles a “serious upgrade” by filling up those light and crispy deep waffle pockets with…dinges.

Wait, what’s a dinges (pronounced DING-iss), you ask? Why, it’s a Flemish word Belgians use for “thingies” or “thingamajigs” or “whatchamacallits.”

Quite simply—and literally—Wafels & Dinges has been putting the dinges in the waffle (sorry, “wafel,” as it’s spelled in Dutch), and they’ve been doing so since 2007. That’s when the King of Belgians, Albert II, got word of the sorry, soggy state of Belgian waffles in America. He then commissioned the Special Forces from the Ministry of Culinary Affairs, Department of Wafels, knighted Thomas DeGeest to Special Envoy for Wafels, and crowned Rossanna Figuera as Ambassador of Good Things. Or so the story goes on the Wafels & Dinges website.

The three most popular dinges are the “legendary” spekuloos spread, dulce de leche, and Belgian chocolate fudge, but dinges can be sweet or savory. “Our first glance at the menu had us floored; we hadn’t expected so many different variations and possibilities,” John Simon wrote on his lifestyle blog, XOJohn, especially surprised by the savory choices of dinges. In particular, John and his dining companions raved about the wafels with sausage gravy and cheese, as well as the hash brown wafel with “liege syrup” and “copious amounts of bacon.” Other popular savory dinges include:

  • pulled pork, coleslaw and sweet barbecue sauce
  • chili, sour cream and cilantro
  • ham, raclette and scallions (dubbed the “Volkswaffel”)
  • sour cream and prune syrup (the De Bastogne Wafel).

But even if you’re not in New York City, there’s no need to suffer FOMO (fear of missing out), because we’ve got your go-to guide for all the best waffle toppings, including recipes you can make at home, both savory and sweet.

Article by Lauren Cahn from Taste of Home.

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KNOW Foods Just Launched Grain-Free, Keto-Friendly Waffles

We all know there’s nothing better than a warm, fluffy waffle drenched in butter and maple syrup. There’s no words to describe what happens to our nether regions as that warm pad of butter sensually slides down the waffle stack carried by a pool of sweet syrup – a phenomenon true waffle-lovers know well.

This tantalizing image is one typically associated with gluttony and unhealthy indulgence on a Sunday morning. But we’re here to tell you it’s possible to engage in this type of food porn on a daily basis with all the flavor and none of the guilt.

KNOW Foods has decided to break into the breakfast game with their KNOW Better grain-free waffles. Yes, they have created yet another grain-free wonder chock full of good-for-you,  superfood ingredients – like coconuts, chia seeds, and almonds – that tastes just like the original, if not better.

The secret is a rare sugar called allulose, that has 1/10 of the calories of regular sugar. Allulose allows these waffles to have a lower glycemic index than most veggies, which is a crazy feat.

After one bite of this beauty, you might start thinking your entire life has been a lie. The first time we tried them, we felt caught up in an avalanche of disbelief – that is until the vibrant flavors caught up to us and snapped us back into reality.

Hopefully you don’t faint out of sheer shock and awe, because these waffles won’t eat themselves, ya dig?

You can pop these waffles in the toaster just like anything else you’d find in the freezer aisle, or use them to make pretty much anything that requires bread.

Here at FOODBEAST, we like using KNOW Foods waffles as buns for oozey grilled cheese sandwiches to create the ultimate cheese pull, the best ever chicken ‘n waffles, rich bread puddings to satiate our sweet tooth, or even some churched up FRENCH TOAST to kill the breakfast game even further.

KNOW Better Waffles come in classic or chocolate chip, for when you feel like bein’ a little bad. Stock up by visiting Pro tip: you can also by KNOW Foods products on Amazon!

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We Can’t Unsee These Glorious Loaded Fried Chicken Finger Fries

If you love loaded fries, you’ll want to head to Bruxie, one of Southern California’s premier spots for fried chicken and waffle sandwiches, as soon as you can.

Bruxie has always excelled as the purveyor of ultra-savory fried chicken sandwiches, but now they’re stepping outside of their own shadow, and showing off some architectural skills with their newest limited-time menu item.   

Behold, The Motherload! Bruxie’s cheesy, loaded tenders stacked with double-dipped chicken tenders on a bed of golden waffle fries, smothered in their signature spicy buffalo sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and avocado.  

That’s not all – this behemoth also boasts pepperoncinis, crispy onion straws, and is complete with a sunny-side up egg. Because Bruxie knows exactly how we like it.

This mouthwatering extravaganza of flavors is only available for a limited time, so grab a fork and some friends and head to Bruxie to try The Motherload while you can!

If you love Bruxie’s delicious fried chicken and waffles as much as we do, you already know there might be a wait. We’ll see you there.

Photos by Peter Pham

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Take Breakfast On-The-Go With Pillsbury’s New Stuffed Waffle

For years 7-Eleven has been the leader in convenience and value, with warm and savory items like hot dogs, pizza and other delicious items. Now, together Pillsbury and 7-Eleven are ready to dominate the breakfast scene like never before.

Introducing the Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle, a new, 7-Eleven exclusive that’s sure to get your morning off to a good start.

This Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle is a delicious and hearty way to start your morning, made with a savory maple waffle, stuffed with eggs, sausage and cheese. For those of us that don’t want to limit breakfast to a plate of bacon and eggs, Pillsbury’s Stuffed Waffle is both satisfying and – best of all – it’s great for epic cheese pulls.  

With 15 grams of protein per serving, Pillsbury’s new Stuffed Waffle is a no-mess waffle stuffed full of deliciousness that’s perfect for an on-the-go breakfast.

If you’re like us and can’t wait to get your hands on Pillsbury’s brand new Stuffed Waffles, you can find them inside warming ovens at 7-Eleven stores across the country for $2.49.

Photos by Peter Pham

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Packaged Food Video

Watch The 7 Best Eggo Waffle Commercials From Our Childhood

It’s astounding how three words so easily became synonymous with a brand for decades. Whenever we hear the phrase uttered, we immediately picture two people in a kitchen fighting over the last Eggo Waffle. Those three words:

L’eggo my Eggo.

In honor of the upcoming National Waffle Day on August 24th, we found some of the most iconic Eggo Waffle commercials to ever air. No joke, chances are you’ll probably find us at a freezer aisle of a supermarket with a mountain of Eggo boxes in hand after watching these vintage ads.

See how many you can remember seeing on TV!

L’eggo My Eggo

One of the earliest ads, if not the very first, this 1972 Eggo commercial popularized the famous catchphrase that would become a pillar for the frozen breakfast brand for years to come. Here, a lippy kid is arguing with his bill-paying father about who deserves the golden brown disc smothered in maple syrup. Homeboy’s act of defiance lit the match of childhood waffle insubordination for generations.

1980 Jason Hervey

You may remember Jason Hervey as the obnoxious older brother to Kevin Arnold in the classic Wonder Years. Before he made it big as an ‘8os-’90s actor, Hervey was the star of an Eggo Waffle commercial. Watch as this adorable tyke tricks his sister into staying away from his waffles by pretending there’s some kind of something on her arm.

The Eggo Waffle Man

In 2005, Eggo Waffles aired a slightly disturbing commercial that featured an anthropomorphic Eggo Waffle walking along minding his own business. Suddenly, a giant fork comes out of nowhere as the golden-brown humanoid runs for his life. Sure it was hilarious at the time, but looking back at those shots of a fork cutting through that crispy waffle soon after, it’s actually pretty dark.

Hey, Squirt

As a kid with older siblings, you tend to have to fight to get the last serving of breakfast upon occasion. Eggo Waffle’s 1994 commercial featured a kid who wished he was bigger than his brother just so he wouldn’t lose out on that breakfast waffle every morning simply because of his small stature. Note how much this kid looks uncanny to the one from the 1972 Eggo ad that ran nearly 20 years prior.

Until Today

The ’90s were a time of unnecessary complicated Rube Goldberg machines and dimwitted parents. A time when kids got to shine. This Eggo commercial featured a teenage boy annoyed that he’s always last to get a breakfast waffle. Instead of simply waking up earlier, he decides to build a machine from his bedroom that essentially steals an Eggo from his unsuspecting father. No respect.

Monster Girl

With each commercial we see, the general theme is to not stand between someone and their Eggo Waffle. In this ad from the early 2000s, a little girl is playing with her doll and enjoying a nice plate of Eggos. Her older brother, who already finished his, attempts to steal a bite. The seemingly sweet girl transforms into a monster and terrifies the shit out of her older sibling.

Don’t Steal Eggo Waffles From The Baby

As we’ve seen from our previous Eggo commercials, it’s best to keep your hands to yourselves when it comes to Eggo Waffles. This sneaky dad just wanted a bite or two of the crispy, golden-brown waffles. Since his son was already wise to his shenanigans, he decides to steal some from his baby girl. Unfortunately, this exposed him to a superhuman beatdown. Poor fella.