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Sausage and South Beach Diet Vending Machines?

Vending machines aren't exactly renowned for their variety, with choices pretty much limited to chips or candy and soda or water. But according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Automatic Merchandising Association held its vending-machine expo in Chicago last week, and there are plenty of cool, if slightly bizarre, developments on the vending-machine front.

Among the innovations mentioned in the article:

  • A new vending machine that dispenses grilled hot dogs and sausages "snuggled in soft, warm buns."
  • South Beach Diet vending machines that will sell healthy, diet-approved snacks, including sugar-free Jell-O, Wheat Thins, Crystal Light, and lunch wraps.
  • An Internet-connected machine that will let parents log on to limit the number of snacks their kids can buy.

Can you imagine trying to sneak a second bag of chips at lunch and being denied by parental controls? Geez. Still, my favorite has to be the hot dog machine. At first, it sounded gross, then I thought: If hot dogs from a cart are tasty, why not a vending machine? So tell me, would you eat a hot dog from a vending machine?

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sourapplegreen sourapplegreen 9 years
Well, I think the whole idea of cleaning up our nation's diet is wonderful. So the "healthy" vending machines is a good start. Currently when you go to vending machines, there's nothing but junk and empty calories. I'm excited about having more nutritious foods available. The hot dogs from a vending machine, or in fact anywhere besides from my kitchen, is too risky for me. But hey, i applaud the idea, because the current trend is convenience, and what could be more convenient. The Internet connection to the vending machines I think is a little much. If parents taught their children the right things, they wouldn't have to spy. I mean if you have to go as far as that, you probably haven't taught them how to eat healthy in the first place, and they will just end up getting the food from somewhere else. But everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Haha, I agree, lori
Lori3775 Lori3775 9 years
If they looked like the ones in the pictures i would eat it!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
The Japanese get so much more variety from their machines
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
I don't know about that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
anything snuggling in a bun gets my money
msame msame 9 years
Oh please! The japanese vending machines are SO much cooler and more advanced than what we have in America! While we're still vending hotdogs, they have entire quickie marts packed into one of those babies!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I wouldn't eat it... who knows what is in there
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Oh my goodness now I want to eat that so bad!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
Yeah I probably wouldn't trust the meat machine, haha.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Wait so the same machine refrigerates your meat before you buy it and then cooks it when you do??? I don't trust this at all!
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I'd try one! I do like grilled hot dogs so as long as the were cooked to a decent temperature I think they'd be fine.
Emiily Emiily 9 years
yum! hot dogs :)
ISUjules ISUjules 9 years
Eating hot dogs from a stadium is just a little too scary for me.
HalidLove HalidLove 9 years
Kind of genius, especially at a stadium!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
I like hot dogs, but I don't think I'd ever purchase one from a vending machine. It kind of grosses me out. And sausages make me want to vomit...ugh.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I would so eat those dogs! Sounds good to me. I'd like to see these near me soon. Really. I've not had a dog in ages and I'm dying here! :drool: Hey, does it dispense onions and kraut too? I can't eat a dog without onion and kraut. :wink:
mireya mireya 9 years
My co-worker just looked at me like I was the most disgusting person EVER, but I still stand by what I said --- I would totally eat hot dogs from a vending machine!
In Japan there are vending machines EVERYWHERE. They even vend fresh sushi and full meals. Who needs a convenience store?
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
I love the healthy vending machine! That's really a great idea.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hot dog vendingmachine...hmmm...
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