Eggos, Aunt Jemima, even those gross “healthy” brands -- these were the convenient, buttery, most important meals of my childhood days. Each sleepy morning was punctuated by that reassuring toaster “ding,” the universal sound that alerted me that my crispy, checkered disc was finally ready for its requisite syrup drenching.
That’s not to say that these golden brown treats have been lost to the realm of ‘90s nostalgia. Now as an adult, one of life’s greatest pleasures is being able to eat whatever I want whenever I want it. And that means frozen waffles all day everyday. The only catch? Now, I'm buying and, as it turns out, there’s a whole world beyond the Eggo... or at least a whole freezer aisle.
I enlisted fellow Thrillist staffers Wil Fulton and Alex Robinson to help me taste 11 different frozen waffles so that we, as adults, can make better, more informed choices when it comes to pre-10am food items (or, let’s face it, post-12am snack runs). We then rated each from 1-5 (5 being best) and averaged the scores. The final rankings are below.