Weird, Wacky Vending Machine Cuisine

By Kate Krader Posted January 08, 2013
The UK-based chain Let's Pizza's has created what it claims to be the world’s first pizza vending machine.

Courtesy of Let's Pizza

Overnight, vending machine food has become the newest luxury status symbol in America. At least if you’re shopping in the Los Angeles area, where Beverly Hills Caviar machines now decorate the malls in places like Burbank and other swanky zipcodes. If you want to snack on $500-an-ounce caviar while you shop, you are completely in luck.
So you wonder, is vending machine cuisine going upscale all over the world? Nope. Overseas, the focus is on comfort food staples, made in a matter of seconds. In Singapore, you can press a few buttons and receive mashed potatoes slathered in gravy quicker than the time it takes to utter the words "instant mashed potatoes slathered in gravy." Here, a few international vending machine triumphs.
Vending Machine Fries Australia loves the idea of vending machine french fries so much that there are two different brands that will deliver hot fries less than two minutes after you’ve started pushing buttons. One is FoodCube; the other is Hot Fresh Fries, which boasts an image of a giant container of fries on the front of each machine. FoodCube’s fries are notable for the variety of condiments you can choose alongside: Ketchup, mayonnaise, tomato sauce or barbecue.
Vending Machine Mashers If you’ve ever seen hot milk and coffee dispensed from an automated cappuccino machine, then you have a very good visual of the mashed potato and gravy situation at 7-Eleven vending machines in Singapore (and various other locales). What you might not be able to envision are the vibrantly colored machines themselves, which look like pinball machines as they dispense the steaming mashers. The company behind the machines, Maggi, also sells powdered instant potatoes, if for some reason you decided not to go for the vending machine version. But why would you do that?
Vending Machine Pizza The UK-based chain Let’s Pizza has created what it claims to be the world’s first pizza vending machine. “A mini pizzeria that’s open 24 hours a day,” is how Let’s Pizza describes itself. In fact, there’s a choice of pizzas: Margherita, pepperoni, ham or bacon. Whichever you select, the machine kneads and shapes the dough, covers it with tomato sauce and select toppings, then bakes it—all in 2.5 minutes flat. Supposedly, Let’s Pizza is a big success in Italy.
Vending Machine Lobster Back here in America, the focus remains on luxury ingredients that you can get via machine. It seems like it will be just a matter of minutes before PETA starts protesting the Maine Lobster Game, a live-lobster vending machine that’s popping up in places like Remy’s Bar on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. You pay $3 for a chance to catch a lobster from the tank with one of those carnival claw-like apparatus things.
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