US fans 'boycott' Belgian waffles ahead of World Cup clash
US food chain Waffle House is urging a boycott of Belgian waffles ahead of the United States’ must-win World Cup round of 16 clash with Belgium.
"We don’t believe in Belgium waffles," Waffle House said on its official Twitter feed.
In fact, "Belgian" waffles aren’t offered on the menu at any of the 1,700 Waffle House eateries scattered across 25 states.
A Waffle House spokesman said that the restaurant chain just wanted to have a little fun with that fact and show support for the United States as they battle Belgium for a quarter-final berth in the World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday.
"We’ve never served Belgian waffles at Waffle House, and we just want to support team USA," the spokesman said of the tweet, which sparked a flurry of pro-US responses.
US soccer fans also started a Wikipedia-fueled discussion of just what the difference between a Belgian waffle and the Stateside version might be - for the record, Belgian waffles are apparently larger in size, have larger squares, requires lighter batter, and has a "higher grid pattern that forms deep pockets".
Doesn't look too good for Team USA ...
Source: AFP, Wikipedia