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The 25 Most Bizarre Things You Can Buy from Vending Machines Around the World

These days it seems everything is at your fingertips — from Amazon’s one-hour delivery service to the shows and movies we can now binge watch without ever having to get up from the couch. Blockbuster who? That same concept of instant gratification has been applied to vending machines over the course of the past several years.

What was once only seen as a machine that dispensed chips, candies, and select drinks can now be viewed as a 24/7, item-specific convenience store.  In vending machines around the world you can find everything from fresh heads of lettuce to bottles of champagne and even raw meat. But instant doesn’t exactly mean fresh. The idea of any perishable food product coming from a machine (rather than from a grocery store with proper refrigeration) is a strange concept to wrap your mind around.  Don’t think buying raw meat from a vending machine is weird enough? Here are the most bizarre vending machine items you can buy around the world.

Burritos: U.S.A.

Burritos: U.S.A.
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With locations from Portland to Miami, the Burrito Box vending machine satisfies those Mexican food cravings by offering various types of pre-prepared burritos. From chorizo sausage and roasted potato to uncured bacon, free-range chicken, and shredded beef, Burrito Box has you covered. You can even add guacamole, sour cream, and Tabasco sauce for an extra fee. But how long have the burritos been in the machine? That’s the pressing question.

Moët & Chandon Champagne: London, Las Vegas, New Orleans

Moët & Chandon Champagne: London, Las Vegas, New Orleans

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Located in the popular Selfridge’s department store in London, the Möet & Chandon vending machine dispenses 200-milliliter bottles for $29 a pop. It should come as no surprise that Sin City is the first place to implement these vending machines in America, with one located at Sky Bar. The next place to have a champagne vending machine? New Orleans’ Arnaud’s French 75 Bar.

Fresh Produce: Chicago

Set up in countless locations around Chicago, the Farmer’s Fridge vending machine brings farm-fresh produce to the heart of the windy city. Instead of soda, candy, or regular vending machine fare, Farmer’s Fridge is routinely stocked with salads, fruit, and other healthy meal options. Whatever isn’t sold that day is donated to a local homeless shelter to bring nutritious meals to those who need it most.

Fried Food: Amsterdam

Fried Food: Amsterdam
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Got the munchies in Amsterdam? Look no further than the fried food vending machines owned by Dutch company FEBO. With nearly 60 locations in the Netherlands, FEBO has found the perfect customer base in Amsterdam, where they have over 20 vending machines set up. FEBO serves classic treats like frikandellen (The Dutch equivalent of a hot dog) and kaassoufflé (which can be compared to a hot pocket of melted cheese wrapped inside a thin wrap of dough). If you don’t want fried food, check out the food truck that sells pigeon, pony, and other “unwanted” meat.

Kosher Food: Boston

Kosher Food: Boston

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Orthodox Jewish baseball fans used to be left out of stadium grub, until Boston start-up Hot Nosh installed kosher vending machines in Fenway Park. Hot Nosh stocks its machines with kosher mozzarella sticks, baked ziti, and more, and has vending machines throughout Boston.

Bananas: Japan

Bananas: Japan

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Bananas are actually a rather popular vending machine item in Japan (possibly because they’re one fruit that doesn’t bruise when dropped). But with the increasing push to make vending machine snacks healthier here in the U.S., maybe this oddity isn’t such a strange idea.

Baby Food: U.S.A.

Busy moms on the go can get access to baby food and formula from some vending machines. The WeGoBabies machine also dispenses baby essentials like pacifiers and diapers.

Raw Milk: Europe

In the U.S., raw milk is a controversial food item, and consumers of the unpasteurized dairy go as far as to join illegal buying clubs to procure it. Not so in Europe, where not only is the milk legal, it can be found in vending machines from France to Poland.

Sausage: Germany

Sausage: Germany

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Germans love their sausage, a stereotype that was only exacerbated by the arrival there of an actual sausage vending machine. It was set up outside of a butcher shop to fulfill late-night sausage cravings after the shop closes.

A Hot Meal: U.S.A.

A Hot Meal: U.S.A.
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A piping-hot meal isn’t just a sci-fi vision of vending machine dining anymore. New technology has developed vending machines that produce hot burgers, two-minute beef noodles, and more.

Eggs: Japan and Romania

Eggs: Japan and Romania

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Egg vending machines are popular in Japan, and have also been established in Romania. To avoid cracking the eggs — as you’re probably wondering — the eggs are kept in individual compartments. Once you pay, you can open the door to take your egg without it having to take a drop.

Rice: Japan

Rice: Japan

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In Japan, vending machines dispense everything from cigarettes to umbrellas, so it’s no surprise then that there are even vending machines that sell rice, a staple of Japanese cuisine. The idea of all of these vending machines in Japan is to make it convenient for you to purchase essentials once the convenience stores have closed for the day.

Baguettes: San Francisco

Baguettes: San Francisco

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Paris has no shortage of boulangeries churning out freshly baked loaves of bread, but that didn’t stop one entrepreneur from creating a baguette vending machine. The invention didn’t quite take off, but a Le Bread Xpress vending machine is now in San Francisco, and it bakes fresh baguettes as you order them.  

French Fries: Global

From Montreal to Australia, you can find French fries in vending machines around the world. This one may not be too bizarre, considering how much people love their fries, but how fresh can they really taste coming from a machine?

Caviar: Moscow

If that bag of chips just isn’t up to your culinary standards, you can find caviar in vending machines in Moscow as well as Los Angeles. You might, however, need a little more than pocket change to fulfill this craving.

Fresh Cupcakes: Los Angeles and New York

The cupcake craze isn’t disappearing anytime soon, at least not if the Los Angeles bakery Sprinkles has anything to do with it. The Beverly Hills bakery’s "cupcake ATM" provides freshly baked cupcakes around the clock for sugar addicts. New Yorkers may have grown accustomed to this commodity as well, but just because it’s become a normalcy for some doesn’t make it any less bizarre. 

Pizza: U.S.A.

We have frozen pizza and pizza delivery, but now we can get pizza from a vending machine, too. Thanks to an Italian entrepreneur, hungry people on the go can now get a piping-hot pizza in less than three minutes.

Pecan Pie, Texas

Pecan Pie, Texas
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Berdoll Pecan Farm in Cedar Creek, Texas, bakes fresh pecan pies daily, but their pies are so good that they’ve taken some forward-thinking steps to keep up with demand. To meet the 24/7 cravings of their customers, the company has a pecan pie vending machine on the porch of the shop that operates around the clock.

Mashed Potatoes, Singapore

The mashed potato vending machines that were installed in 7-Elevens in Singapore a few years ago continue give a new meaning to "instant mashed potatoes." With the push of a button, the machine dispenses a hot cup of mash (the gravy is optional).

Raw Meat: Alabama and Paris

Raw Meat: Alabama and Paris
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Not everyone has access to a neighborhood butcher. Luckily for some Alabama residents, the "Smart Butcher" vending machine sells raw steaks and chops for an affordable price. In Paris, another local butcher has done the same by pre-packaging meats like pork chops and beef carpaccio in vacuum-sealed bags.  Hopefully the machine is replenished frequently!

Live Lobsters: U.S.A.

Live Lobsters: U.S.A.
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Sometimes food just tastes better when you catch it yourself — at least that’s the premise of live lobster vending machines that allowed users to “catch” their dinner before eating it. The game took off in Florida but ironically didn’t meet the same success in New England.

Live Crabs: China

A lucky few in China can get their crab on the go. Shanghai hairy crab, a Chinese delicacy, is dispensed live from vending machines in Nanjing, China. Those poor crabs!

Growing Lettuce: Japan

Taking the idea of urban agriculture to a new level, vending machines in Japan use light bulbs and "nutri-culture" beds to actually grow lettuce inside the machines. A crazy idea, or a local food revolution? Either way, it’s our pick for the oddest vending machine in the world.

Live Bait: U.S.A.

You get up at the crack of dawn to go fishing, only to realize you don’t have live bait. What do you do? Leave it to Americans to solve that problem with around-the-clock vending machines serving up live bait. The bait is frozen alive for freshness.

Whole Flying Fish: Japan

 Whole Flying Fish: Japan
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The Daily Meal recently reported on the latest vending machine to hit Japan’s streets, which sells a whole fish. Even the presentation of this one is strange: It is dispensed in a bottle that contains a whole fried fish along with 500 milliliters of flying fish soup stock.