This Exists: A Belgian Frites Vending Machine

Finding a late-night snack just got easier

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Vending machines are no longer reserved for potato chips and candy bars. Higher-end offerings are springing up across the globe; some of the more bizarre examples to make headlines over the years (hat-tip Buzzfeed): a live crab vending machine in China, a banana vending machine in Japan, a burger vending machine in Moscow and a sake vending machine in Japan.

Now the latest one to go viral is “Corner Chips,” a pommes frites and mayonnaise dispensary in Belgium.

Outside a Brussels supermarket, customers can hand over €2.50 (about $3.35) for piping hot fries and their condiment of choice — mayo or ketchup, Atlantic Cities reports. The machine will cook frozen frites in steaming beef fat before depositing the snack into a paper cone. Hungry patrons need only wait a mere minute and a half for their food. A cage surrounds the whole contraption, protecting it from frites lovers who might try to take the contraption home.

But Corner Chips is far from the world’s first french fry vending machine. FoodCube in Australia and a dispensary in Israel both beat the Belgian food bot to the punch, according to Atlantic Cities. Nonetheless, Corner Chips may go international. The company already has requests on the comments section of its site from people offering to act as distributors in other countries.

Last year, a Berlin delicatessen launched a gourmet vending machine featuring pint-sized bottles of champagne, among other high-end snacks. Some Los Angeles malls began playing host to caviar vending machines around the holidays last year. And in the past year, the bakery Sprinkles’ cupcake ATMs—restocked every day with a variety of flavors—have been spreading from LA to Dallas, Chicago and D.C.

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john34howard
john34howard

This would be so cool. I want a vending machine like that in my house. Whenever I go to a fast-food restaurant I always make sure that I get fries. I think fries are the best part to a meal. If I had a vending machine that dispensed them I would be able to have fries whenever I wanted.  http://carspacenter.com/

adam123456
adam123456

this machine is designed and made by BEYONDTE

NOT by Breaktime Solution. Breaktime Solutions on a distributor of BEYONDTE

adam123456
adam123456

this machine is designed and made by BEYONDTE

NOT by Breaktime Solution. Breaktime Solutions on a distributor of BEYONDTE

JamesMurgatroyd
JamesMurgatroyd

@FREEinYEG Bubbles Car wash used to have one at its whyte ave location. was soo good. and you could even watch them fry.

Jaggypie
Jaggypie

@TIME This is not new. Ore-Ida has French fry vending machines. Had some at the airport in Boise Idaho once. Not bad really and hella hot.

Rio
Rio

There goes those start jobs.  Next will be those ag jobs the braceros had.  So much for immigration in the 21st century.  We do not need them.  Then we can start with 22nd style economics rather than the tired 19th century ones.

bbqjellyfish
bbqjellyfish

@TIME I've seen one in France back in 1984. Didn't try it but seems like a good idea if the oil is changed regularly.

dvarets
dvarets

@TIME The first french fry vending machines were invented in the 1960's,used one in '68.

catvoncat
catvoncat

@chrissyteigen Well it would mean you could get your french fries without having to interact with a person, which is a bonus if you ask me.

mecrowley
mecrowley

@ashsullivan90 OH MY GOD!! MY DREAM! I would eat French fries all the time and get so fat!! Especially if they were Belgian frites!!

johnnorton7
johnnorton7

@TexMex817 @TIME I seen something as strange the other day a automatic teaspoon despenser for adding to your morning joe... LOL

SilviaVigata
SilviaVigata

@TIME bad idea, we don't want to promote fat, it will be better an apple machine like in some catalan schools.

adam123456
adam123456

this machine is designed and made by BEYONDTE

NOT by Breaktime Solution. Breaktime Solutions on a distributor of BEYONDTE

JamesMurgatroyd
JamesMurgatroyd

@FREEinYEG yeah, when they announced they were closing that location i thought about trying to get my hands on it.