Which waffles will win out for a place on your breakfast plate?
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Today, you and your friends or family are going to practice being professional tasters. You’ll taste different brands of frozen waffles and determine which one is your winner by rating them based on their flavor and texture.
Before you start tasting, take a minute to think about the frozen waffles you’ve eaten in the past.
Ask an adult—or a friend or family member—to be the Tasting Organizer. This is an important job! They will be in charge of setting up the tasting. The Tasting Organizer should:
Heat the frozen waffles in the toaster or oven according to the directions on the packages (ask an adult for help).
Meanwhile, each taster needs 1 sheet of blank paper and a marker or pen. Have each taster use their marker or pen to divide the paper into the same number of sections as frozen waffle samples you’ll be tasting. Label the sections “Sample 1,” “Sample 2,” “Sample 3,” and so on, depending on how many samples you have.
Give each taster a small bowl containing 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Also give them a glass of water and 2 crackers or a slice of sandwich bread—these will help cleanse your palate between tastes.
Once the waffles are heated, the Tasting Organizer should cut each waffle into quarters. Then, they should place 2 pieces of each waffle on each taster’s sheet of paper, placing 2 pieces of the first brand under sample 1, 2 pieces of the second brand under sample 2, 2 pieces of the third brand under sample 3, and so on (depending on how many brands you have).
Time to taste! First, you’ll taste the frozen waffles plain (without maple syrup).
Give each sample a Plain Flavor Score and a Plain Texture Score based on what you thought of the plain waffles. Remember: A higher score means you liked it more!
Now, taste each sample with maple syrup. Dunk each waffle sample into the bowl of maple syrup before you take a bite. Give each sample a Flavor Score with Syrup and a Texture Score with Syrup based on what you thought of the waffles with syrup. Remember: A higher score means you liked it more!
Time to pick a winner! Which of your samples had the highest Overall Score? That’s your winning frozen waffle. Look at the key (made by the Tasting Organizer) to see which brand matches your winning sample.
Now that you’ve decided on your favorite (and least favorite) frozen waffles, see if what you observed about the waffles’ flavors and textures match up with what their packaging says. For example:
We have the Dorsa brothers—who also founded the Eggo brand—to thank for the invention of frozen waffles. In the 1930s, the Dorsas created a powdered waffle mix to sell to home cooks (who would just add milk and then cook the batter in a waffle iron).
Then, in the 1950s, one of the brothers, Frank, designed a machine that cooked lots of waffles at the same time and then froze them. These first frozen waffles were called Froffles, a combination of “frozen” and “waffles.” Eventually, the brothers changed the name to Eggo, and the rest is history.