LA-based company Sprinkles Cupcakes has developed an ATM-like contraption that “dispenses freshly baked cupcakes, cupcake mixes, apparel and even cupcakes for Fido!” The “ACM” is open, like most ATMs, 24-hours a day. (Adriana Velez of The Stir wants to know, “What’s the limit? Like, could I just stand there all night buying cupcakes?” She says, “Not that I would. Heh heh.”) Americans are no strangers to food vending machines, but we’re used to getting room-temperature food like potato chips, or maybe something cold like a turkey sandwich. Hot food and dessert automats are still a rare commodity in the US. Especially ones that dispense both food and clothing.
Hot food automats are much more common in Europe, and when I first saw the BAMN! automat on St. Mark’s Place in New York’s East Village a few years ago, it reminded me of the many trips my ex-husband and I took to Holland. Not to worry, though. It looks like us New Yorkers will soon be getting our own “24-hour Sprinkles” ACMs. According to The New York Times, “the pink machines will pop up in Midtown and Downtown and on the Upper West Side.”
Japan leads the world in the race for the strangest vending machines, though, as evidenced by this collection of photos. Unlike the Japanese, I’m not much interested in buying live crabs from a vending machine, but here are 8 vending machines I would love to see in every neighborhood across the country: