7 Wacky Food Vending Machines We Wish Were In Our Office

07/17/2014 at 12:10 PM ET
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Chips and candy bars? Try soft-serve and sparkling wine!

Vending machines have come a long way since we were kids. And when we saw that at least one office building in Washington, D.C. is now home to Frobot, a frozen yogurt vending machine, we got to dreaming — what kind of crazy vending machine can we convince our bosses to put in the office?

In a perfect world, all seven of the following, dispensing everything from mini bottles of bubbly to warm baguettes!

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If this frozen yogurt ATM ever expands outside of Washington, D.C., we’ll welcome it with open spoons. Frobot dispenses a 7-oz. portion in a single flavor of the day, such as vanilla, mango or cake batter, for $3 (payable only by credit card).

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Cheers to this vending machine at department store Selfridge’s in London, which sells 200ml Swarovski-crystal-studded bottles of Moët & Chandon for what equates to about $29 each. But don’t think you’re skirting an ID check — you have to pay at a counter and then head to the machine, which will deliver your bubbly via golden robot arm.

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Chefs at Chicago company Farmer’s Fridge get in at 5am daily to make fresh salads in a jar and deliver them to this machine made out of reclaimed wood. Find it in the food court at the James R. Thompson Center downtown. At the end of each day, unsold salads are donated to a local food pantry.

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This soft-serve vending machine in Japan offers the prettiest assortment of flavors we’ve seen, from vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to green soybean, Japanese apricot and almond jelly. One of everything, please!

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People are so obsessed with maBaguette, a line of vending machines in France that dispense fresh, warm loaves of bread, that they use the baguettes in lieu of birthday cake, apparently. We approve.

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The Robo, as this beauty is called, dispenses hot French fries in 95 seconds, reports Grub Street — and you can possible already find it in Iran, Croatia and Chile, although sadly no U.S. locations slated yet.

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Craving a Sprinkles cupcake in the middle of the night? Of course you are. If you live in Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas or New York, you can get your fix 24/7 at one of the bakery’s cupcake ATMs, which charge $4 (credit card only) for one cupcake (flavors vary). The pink machines are also coming soon to Washington, D.C.; Scottsdale, Arizona; Glendale, California; and Palo Alto, California. Students of Stanford, rejoice.

—Marissa Conrad

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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JD on

Yummmm!!! OMG I wish we had that cupcake vending machine here in London!! 🙂

Selena on

This is awesome.com! The fries, soft serve, yogurt and salad ones id def try if they were in Texas or New Orleans. Im very jealous of folks in those locations.

AmsterdamGirl on

I miss the vending machines we have here in Amsterdam selling fries and other Dutch (fried) snacks and the flip flop machines you can find in Asia where you can buy the most comfortable flip flops.

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