Photo by Mila Segal

The Christmas waffle once it has been fully decorated. The holiday treat was first created with leftover Christmas party ingredients.

Segal Christmas Waffles

Dessert combines Nutella, whipped cream, M&M's

December 9, 2021

Each family has different traditions and recipes they make, especially during the holidays. In my family, every Saturday morning of December leading up to Christmas, we make Christmas waffles. These are waffles dyed with red food coloring, Nutella spread on top, two scoops of Ben and Jerry’s “Half Baked” ice cream, whipped cream and decorated with Christmas M&M’s. 

This was created by me and my younger sister in 2010 and has been one of our favorite holiday foods ever since. One day for breakfast in December 2010, we were not feeling the Christmas spirit and craved something sweet. We decided to make waffles because they were sweet and we wanted to dye them red to represent Santa and Christmas. My parents had just hosted a party the night before, so we used all the leftover sweets in the house and put it on the waffles. It tasted amazing. We were in awe because we have never tasted something so delicious before and we decided to name them Christmas waffles. At that moment we knew we had to make Christmas waffles a tradition.

These waffles are definitely a family favorite. It’s not only the taste of the waffle that makes it special, but also the memory of making it with my family. The color of the waffle and the Christmas m&m’s make it festive and more exciting to eat. The ice cream on the waffle for breakfast makes it even more special because kids are usually not allowed to eat dessert for breakfast so if the whole family is eating it, it means that something good is about to happen, which is Christmas. 

The waffle itself tastes like a masterpiece. The sweet waffle melts in your mouth and then is washed down with all the goodies on top. It is also fluffy and not dense, so when eaten with the other toppings it is not too filling. 

Some people think this waffle is too sweet, but that is not the case. All the ingredients in the waffle balance each other out, so nothing is too overpowering. 

The salt in the batter helps balance out the sweetness from the waffle and the sugary toppings. The warmness of the waffle balances out with the coldness of the ice cream and the whipped cream also acts as a median because it melts, so when eaten, the temperature of the waffle is neither too hot nor too cold. 

Since the waffle is warm and the ice cream is cold, subconsciously it doesn’t feel like you are eating too much sugar because it tastes different and is in different forms, therefore allowing you to eat more of it. The M&M’s, Nutella and the chocolate part of the “Half Baked” ice cream also balance the waffle and vanilla flavors so that neither the vanilla nor the chocolate are too overpowering. The balance of the waffle creates a grand flavor that is satisfying to the mouth. 

Thanks to the exciting ingredients, you can’t help but smile every time you look at it. It is loaded with so much goodness, making it my all time favorite holiday treat. It’s always a winner. 

Seeing all your favorite toppings stacked on a delicious waffle, can’t be beat. I highly recommend making it with your family. You will not be disappointed.



2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon white sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 ¾ cups milk 

½ cup vegetable oil

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

About 5 drops of food coloring

All toppings optional 



First, preheat your waffle iron.

Beat the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and food coloring together.

Then combine the all-purpose flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt into the mixture, and continue to beat it until well incorporated.

Pour about 1 cup of batter into the iron and cook for about 4 minutes or until desired crisp.

Makes about 6 waffles.


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