When Kathleen Oliviers moved from Belgium to Stillwater, she decided to bring a staple of her country with her.
Stillwaffles brought something different to Stillwater’s selection of food truck options when it opened for business on Saturday. The new food truck will serve its customers authentic Belgian waffles.
Her business brought a unique option to Stillwater’s food scene, Oliviers said.
“It’s a new product for the United States, and a new product for Stillwater,” she said. “It’s all new.”
The waffles aren’t like the ones you would eat at breakfast, said Gregory Dwil, Olivier’s husband and business partner. They’re completely different from the American version.
“The (waffles) people mostly know from hotels is a Brussels waffle,” he said. “Brussels waffle is very rectangular, and you just serve it with whipped cream or powdered sugar. These are liege waffles, which are a little thicker.”
Oliviers says the secret to her waffles lays in the special sugar she uses. It’s unique to her hometown of Tienen, Belgium.
“The thing that makes them so good is the pearl sugar we use,” Oliviers said. “No one else in the world makes it. We have to order in online. It caramelizes on the waffle in the waffle iron.”
While most waffles are made with a batter, Oliviers will use a dough. Each batch will take six hours to prepare, and will be made on the day it is served, she said.
The idea to launch a waffle business was born when Oliviers moved to Stillwater with her husband. It took months for her to get a work permit, and she wanted to stay busy, Oliviers said.
“I had a lot of time to think of what I wanted to do,” she said. “It’s a typical Belgium product. Here in America, everyone talks about Belgium waffles. That’s where we came up with the idea.”
The wait for her work permit gave her time to perfect the recipe and the cooking process, she said.
“I had to bake a couple of times,” she said. “In the beginning, the waffle iron became too hot, so it would burn. But I mastered it while I had time.”
So far, her waffles have gotten a great response, she said.
“My neighbors and friends are very enthusiastic,” she said. “They think it’s very unique and very good.”
The waffles are baked in a special waffle iron and give the waffle a different effect than the ones typically bought in stores, she said.
Waffles will be served at $3.50 a piece. For 50 cents to $1 extra, customers can add toppings such as whipped cream, strawberries, walnuts and chocolate sauce.
Stillwaffles will be open Tuesday through Sunday during lunch and dinner. It will join other food trucks near the Stillwater Medical Center during lunch and will serve waffles on The Strip from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Waffles are made to be enjoyed at any time of the day, Dwil said.
“It will be something people will have to get used to,” he said. “People always link it to breakfast. It’s a good snack.”