We count on the convenience of the ubiquitous vending machine to fulfill our midday craving for a cheap, salty snack.
For more elaborate hankerings that cannot be sealed inside a flimsy bag (think French fries, cupcakes and freshly baked bread), we must lug our hangry bodies to the kitchen, take a trip to the store or at least place an order on Seamless.
Some vending geniuses, however, have attempted to lessen the hardship of being a person who wants something and has to wait or exert a bit of effort in order to get it. Check out these wildly impressive (and real) vending machines that make life so much more convenient.
This LA-based luxury vending machine is quite an enigma. It's a very good thing this machine accepts credit cards: An ounce of quality fish eggs can cost up to $500.
Burrito Vending Machine
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This burrito kiosk serves up freshly prepped burritos in 60 seconds. You can choose between chicken, steak and a vegan veggie burrito (there are even two breakfast options). If you want guac or sour cream on the side, it's yours.
Burger Vending Machine
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When it's 4 a.m. and there's no McDonald's in sight, you can cut out the middle man by enjoying a burger from one of these Febo dispensers in the Netherlands. Through the little windows you'll spot burgers, croquettes, fried chicken and more.
A banana's peel protects it from bruising and getting squished, so this dispenser is basically like banana armor. With a cardboard box and plexiglass to shelter the fruit, you can feel confident your banana is in tip top shape.
7-Eleven's mashed potato dispenser takes convenience to another planet. The "modified Slurpee machine" dispenses liquid 'tato that can be dressed with chicken, gravy or both.
Fresh Salad Vending Machine
This healthy kiosk is stocked with a fresh array of salads and snacks that are mostly organic and made with locally grown produce. Even better? Whatever is not purchased from the Farmer's Fridge by the end of the day is donated to the local food pantry.
This machine found in Japan is equipped with hot water. Should this be renamed Instant Instant Ramen?
Fresh Baguette Vending Machine
A freshly baked French baguette never appeared so oxymoronic until it was dispensed from a vending machine. A French baker designed this contraption so his customers could enjoy fresh bread at all hours of the day.