There has been a debate between waffles and pancakes on which is better. It is difficult to pick a side, because they both taste great. They also have different ways you can make them.

This debate would be broken down into different subheadings for a better understanding of their differences and to know which is better.

Difference Between Pancakes and Waffles

The Flavor

Both waffles and plain pancakes are a little bit bready and lightly sweet. Though waffles are more so on both counts, they usually have more sugar and butter in the batter. While they are being cooked, they become more caramelized. This is why they taste pastry-like and a little bit richer. They are almost rarely underdone, but this happens with a lot of pancakes, it’ll be tasting bitter and raw in the middle if it wasn’t properly cooked. But even when you make the pancakes perfectly, they still a little bit bland before you add the toppings. So for this case, waffles win.

Toppings

Pancakes look better after you soak them with syrup, but a lot of people wouldn’t enjoy breakfast that looks soggy. This is what pancakes look like after some time if they are drenched in syrup. In the other case, waffles gather the syrup or any other thing that you top them with. All its crannies and nooks trap the strip, and it stays crisp for a long while. Taking toppings for this debate, waffles win here because they have so many edges. The little squares hold a lot of things like chopped berries and nuts. If you try this method with pancakes, the morsels would fall out of place immediately.

Butter and Syrup

When you use syrup and butter or berries and whipped cream, pancakes and waffles get a win-win here. This is because you eat the pancakes very fast, you’ll get rid of making the pancakes song. They can both easily change with extra flavors. These flavors could include gingerbread spices to vanilla and orange. You could also get mix-ins, from blueberries to chocolate chips and beyond. They can easily be turned into dessert, like carrot cake pancakes. Though waffles hold onto ice cream better than pancakes.

Presence in Pop Culture

Pancakes have appeared in a lot of TV shows and movies, at times intentionally at times incidentally. It shows up in movies like Uncle Buck, the Big Lebowski, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. They don’t show waffles so much and even if they do, not intentionally like that of pancakes. It was shown in Shrek Forever After, 50 First dates. Waffles were shown very well in Stranger Things. So this ends up with a draw between waffles and pancakes.

After this argument, it is obvious waffles win, because you can enjoy waffles with a lot of toppings without stress and you’ll get to enjoy its crispy taste and filling. But in the case of pancakes, they would become soggy, and you would not enjoy that for breakfast anymore.