activity

Which waffles will win out for a place on your breakfast plate?

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safety
  • Uses the toaster or oven
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 40 minutes

Prepare Ingredients

2–3 different brands
frozen waffles
1 tablespoon per person
maple syrup
1 per person
glass of water
2 per person
unsalted, plain crackers (or 1 slice white sandwich bread per person)

Gather Equipment

1 per person + 1 extra
sheet of paper
1 per person
marker, pen, or pencil
1 copy per person
Tasting Frozen Waffles scoring sheet
1
rimmed baking sheet (if heating waffles in the oven)
1 per person
small bowl
Oven mitts (if heating waffles in the oven)
Cutting board
Butter knife
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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.

 
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Before you start tasting, take a minute to think about the frozen waffles you’ve eaten in the past.

  • What did they taste like?
  • What were their textures like?
  • Were there frozen waffles you liked a lot? What were they like?
  • Were there frozen waffles you really didn’t like? Why not?
 
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2–3 different brands
frozen waffles

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:

  • Assign a number to each brand of frozen waffles.
  • Write down the numbers and the brand names on a separate piece of paper to keep track of them.
 
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Heat the frozen waffles in the toaster or oven according to the directions on the packages (ask an adult for help).

 
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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.

 
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1 tablespoon per person
maple syrup
1 per person
glass of water
2 per person
unsalted, plain crackers (or 1 slice white sandwich bread per person)

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.

 
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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).

 
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Give each person a copy of the Tasting Frozen Waffles scoring sheet.

 
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Time to taste! First, you’ll taste the frozen waffles plain (without maple syrup).

  • Taste the samples one at a time, taking 1 or 2 small bites.
  • Take small bites, chew slowly, and take sips of water and bites of cracker or bread in between samples.
  • What did each sample taste like? Was it too sweet? Not sweet enough? Just right? Could you detect any other flavors, such as egg or vanilla?
  • What was the texture of each sample like? Was it crisp? Soft? Chewy? Hard? Rubbery?
 
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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!

 
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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!

 
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Calculate the Overall Score for each frozen waffle by adding up all 4 Flavor and Texture Scores.

 
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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.

Remember, the Tasting Organizer assigned each sample a number before you started the tasting—use that sheet here.

 
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Have each person who did the tasting share their winning brand and say a little bit about why they picked it as their winner.