Israeli chocolate cream flavored wafers
Polish Christmas wafers
Carlsbad spa wafer

In cooking, a wafer (also spelled waffer) is a crisp, often sweet, very thin, flat, and dry biscuit, often used to decorate ice cream. Wafers can also be made into cookies with cream flavoring sandwiched between them. They frequently have a waffle surface pattern but may also be patterned with insignia of the food's manufacturer or may be patternless. Many chocolate bars, such as Kit Kat and Coffee Crisp, have wafers in them.


Communion wafer

The word also refers to the special small round, often starchy flatbreads made for Western Rite celebrations of the Eucharist, including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and some of the more liturgical Protestant churches. The word "host" is used to describe the larger wafer used by the clergy, while the term "communion wafer" refers to the smaller pieces used to distribute Holy Communion to the people. These holy wafers often have an image of a cross or the crucified Christ imprinted on them.

Spa wafers

Special "spa wafers" (Czech: lázeňské oplatky, Slovak: kúpeľné oplátky) are produced in the spa towns of the Czech Republic (e.g. Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně, etc.) and the Slovak Republic (e.g. Piešťany, etc.).

Christmas wafer

Christmas wafers, whose patterns often depict religious scenes, are an Eastern European Roman Catholic Christmas tradition celebrated in Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and Italian families during Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil).


A variation of wafer is considered a part of the traditional cuisine in Colombia, Venezuela and México where it is known as an oblea. Usually eaten as a desert with two pieces filled with arequipe, dulce de leche (milk caramel) and/or sweetened condensed milk in the middle. In some places they might contain cheese, fruits, chantilly cream, among others. They are usually very popular as they are very inexpensive.


Freska is an Egyptian wafer sold only on beaches in the summertime. It is made from two thin circular wafers filled with a thin layer of honey syrup.

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  • Wafer — Wa fer, n. [OE. wafre, OF. waufre, qaufre, F. qaufre; of Teutonic origin; cf. LG. & D. wafel, G. waffel, Dan. vaffel, Sw. v[*a]ffla; all akin to G. wabe a honeycomb, OHG. waba, being named from the resemblance to a honeycomb. G. wabe is probably… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wafer — (n.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. wafre, O.N.Fr. waufre honeycomb, wafer, perhaps from Frankish (Cf. Flem. wafer, altered from M.Du. wafel honeycomb; see WAFFLE (Cf. waffle) (n.)). Also found in Old French as gaufre, gofre wafer, waffle. Eucharistic …   Etymology dictionary

  • wafer — [wā′fər] n. [ME wafre < NormFr waufre < MDu wafel, wafer, WAFFLE1] 1. a) a thin, flat, crisp cracker or cookie b) anything resembling this, as a thin, flat disk of candy 2. a piece of Eucharistic bread, specif., a thin, flat, white,… …   English World dictionary

  • Wafer — Wa fer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wafered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wafering}.] To seal or close with a wafer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wafer — / vafer/ s.m. [dall ingl. wafer, affine al fr. gaufre cialda ]. (gastron.) [biscotto costituito da più strati friabili ripieni per lo più di vaniglia e cioccolato] ▶◀ cialda. ⇑ biscotto …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • wafer — /vafer, ingl. ˈweɪfə(r)/ [vc. ingl., letteralmente «cialda»] s. m. inv. cialda …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • wafer — ► NOUN 1) a very thin light, crisp sweet biscuit. 2) a thin disc of unleavened bread used in the Eucharist. 3) a disc of red paper stuck on a legal document as a seal. 4) Electronics a very thin slice of a semiconductor crystal used in solid… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wafer — Als Wafer [ˈweɪfə(r)] (engl. „Waffel“ oder „Oblate“) werden in der Mikroelektronik, Photovoltaik und Mikrosystemtechnik kreisrunde oder quadratische, ca. 1 mm dicke Scheiben bezeichnet. Sie werden aus ein oder polykristallinen (Halbleiter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wafer — Un wafer en silicium gravé En électronique et micro électronique, un wafer (de l anglais) est une tranche ou une galette de semi conducteur. Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wafer — Wa|fer 〈[ wɛıfə(r)] m. 3; El.〉 Halbleiterplatte, auf der elektr. Schaltungen untergebracht sind [engl.] * * * Wa|fer [ weɪfɐ ], der; s, [s] [engl. wafer, eigtl. = Waffel, Oblate] (Elektronik): dünne Scheibe aus Halbleitermaterial, auf die… …   Universal-Lexikon

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