Create a Fun and Tasty DIY Waffle Bar

The next time you’re hosting brunch, throwing a shower or just want to create a fun breakfast for the family, set-up a DIY waffle bar and let everyone get creative. Here are the necessities you’ll need and a few Test Kitchen tips to create the ultimate waffle bar.

Waffle Maker

You can’t make waffles without a waffle maker. This Black & Decker Belgian Waffle Maker has non-stick grids that make cleaning a breeze. And, the extra deep grids mean you can load the waffles with toppings.

Pre-make Waffles

Waffles do take a few minutes to cook, so it’s best to make them before guests arrive. Keep the waffles warm by laying them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Place the pan in an oven, preheated to about 200 degrees, until guests arrive. Use your favorite waffle recipe, but if you’re in a pinch try this tasty mix from Stonewall Kitchen.


Place toppings in small bowls and let people add what they like. Include both sweet and savory toppings so guests can mix and match. Some topping ideas are:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Syrup
  • Butter
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bacon
  • Honey
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Berries
  • Bananas
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Nuts
  • Ice cream

Use these adorable chalkboard place card holders to label things. Or, put brown craft paper over the table and write the toppings directly on the paper.

Test Kitchen Tips to Making Waffles

  • Proper Temperature: Make sure the waffle iron is greased properly and hot before cooking. A cool waffle iron will result in soggy waffles.
  • Don’t Over Mix: Like pancakes, you don’t want to over mix your batter. Instead of a whisk, use a spatula to make sure all lumps are removed. If the batter is over mixed, the waffle will turn out rubbery.
  • Don’t Peek: It’s going to be tempting to peek, but hold yourself back. Wait until the timer goes off or it looks golden brown. Open the maker too quickly and your waffle will fall apart.
  • Reheat the Waffle Maker: Make sure the waffle maker has time to properly reheat. Allow for 2-3 minutes in between making waffles.
  • Use an Ice Cream Scooper: An ice cream scooper enables the same amount of batter to be used for each waffle.