Vending machines have always been single-serving—a can of Coke or bag of Fritos. But now companies are stuffing those machines with some surprising things. Three of these below are real. Which one isn't?
The Let's Pizza machine, launched in Atlanta this winter, uses 700-degree infrared rays to heat just-made custom pies in less than three minutes.
More than a dozen flavors are dispensed at Sprinkles' "Cupcake ATM" in Beverly Hills; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Houston. Honey Boo Boo is a fan.
Jar o' mayo!
At Brooklyn co-ops, Empire Mayonnaise's machines prep jars—from lime pickle to white cheddar to Vadouvan—with a robotic whisk.
Pennsylvania grocery stores once served Riesling with a big-brother chaser. Just scan your ID and huff into a Breathalyzer, as a camera watches.
Answer: Empire Mayonnaise is a real company but doesn’t have vending machines. But hey, Empire: Try one out!
Illustrations by Raul Aguiar
A version of this article appeared in the February 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.