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Today I’m comin’ atcha with an amazing (and crowd pleasing) spread that will be a huge hit at your next dinner party! This month’s recipe theme is going to be recipes to feed a crowd, because hosting little dinner parties is something I’ve always loved doing. And it just doesn’t get any better than breakfast (or you know, brunch and brinner), amiright? One of my favorite breakfast foods is waffles, and when I’m in a rush (or you know, cooking for a crowd), Kellogg’s® Eggo® waffles are definitely the way to go, especially when it involves a waffle bar. I used to crave them when I was a little girl, and now that I’m an adult, they are my go-to when buying frozen waffles. I love that they have so many flavors (like the classic Homestyle or Strawberry), and how easy they are to heat up and enjoy. Oh, and I have some delicious news! Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources. How awesome is that?
Not only am I excited about this Waffle Bar I put together, but did you know that they have a Waffle Bar Truck that is traveling to Walmarts around the country right now? It will move a total of 200 times over 100+ days, starting April 24th and lasting through September! I’m going to be visiting the truck this coming Sunday in The Colony, so if you’re in the area, make sure you head out there to see me and check it out. I can’t wait to show you my waffle bar creation, so make sure you’re keeping up with Instagram and Facebook to see what I make!
You can find Eggo waffles in the frozen food aisle at Walmart. I bought all of my waffle bar topping and additions at Walmart as well!
How to Build Your Own Waffle Bar
If you can’t make it out to see your local waffle bar truck, I’m here to help you put together your very own waffle bar at home. This is the perfect way to host a dinner party for friends, a bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day brunch, or even just a birthday party for your loved one that’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!
1. Pick your waffles
This is one of my favorite parts, because you get to have fun picking your flavors of waffles for your bar. I always grab the Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle (which will be the featured flavor on the Waffle Bar Truck!), and a fun flavor like Eggo Strawberry, Eggo Chocolately Chip or Eggo Blueberry… Yum! I wanted a springy, fruity vibe in my waffle bar, so I stuck to that when picking my flavors.
2. Choose your toppings
The toppings are what make a waffle bar FUN! Since I was wanting to capture the flavors of spring, I chose some of my favorite fruits (helloo strawberries, blueberries and raspberries!), and added in some pecans and toasted coconut for a little extra pizzaz. Delicious, right? And no waffle bar is complete without some Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter, Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping and Hungry Jack® Original Syrup. For a savory addition to the spread, I included some Banquet® Brown’N Serve™ Original Sausage Link, which definitely hit the spot!
My favorite topping in my waffle bar was some homemade strawberry preserves I made in less than 30 minutes. It gave my waffles a delicious tartness that I loved, and paired beautifully with the peanut butter and fruit! (The recipe is at the end of the post!)
3. Have fun with decorations
I absolutely love decorating for all the different seasons, and a waffle bar is no exception. I wanted to keep everything fun and springy, so I used a floral tablecloth, added lots of flowers to my centerpiece, and found a cute little paper banner that is bright and fun. For the finishing touch, I used some craft paper as a table runner and marked all the different toppings with a marker. Super easy, but oh so pretty!
Now for the easy peasy homemade strawberry preserves! I only used three ingredients to make it, and the result was amazing. This can easily be made while you’re getting the rest of your waffle bar ready, especially if you want to serve it fresh and warm. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- In a medium nonstick saucepan, heat the strawberries, sugar and water on medium high until it reaches a rolling boil. Stir every minute.
- Lower the heat to medium low and cook until a thick sauce has formed. Stir the mixture every few minutes to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom and to prevent burning.
- Transfer to a bowl or glass container to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Will you be visiting an Eggo Waffle Truck?
What are your favorite waffle bar toppings?