Top 10 Unusual Vending Machines

The new vending machine in our office where I work is causing quite a stir. With a nice little range of hot drinks and cold snacks, it was always going to be a winner. But I hate it! At lunch time, I like something hot to eat, something tasty, something that hasn’t been sat in a machine for months on end! While looking for a better sort of vending machine I came across some that are indeed rather amazing…


Top 10 Unusual Vending Machines


Flowers Vending Machine
Flowers Vending Machine

10 –  These snacks taste funny!

Why not say it with flowers (as they say) fresh from the vending machine! While it does look very beautiful I have to wonder just how fresh they would be. Bit when you need to say sorry in a hurry this vending machine might just make the difference.

Live Bait Vending Machine
Live Bait Vending Machine

9 – Not for human consumption.

When it says “live bait” on the outside you just know that what is on the inside is even more discussing. With a nice range of maggots, dew worms and spawn it sounds horrible, but if you are out fishing and ran out of bait this might well save the day!

Egg Vending Machine
Egg Vending Machine

8 – Which vends first the chicken or the egg?!?

Well, it seems that this Egg vending machine answer that but opens up a thousand other questions: Why? Where? How much! It seems the answer to those are…A1> set up by local farmers to make some spare cash A2> Glaum Egg Ranch, outside Santa Cruz and finally A3> Just £1.90 per dozen! Not a bad price at all. But the idea is a little weird.

Candle Vending Machine
Candle Vending Machine

7 – burn the wick at any time you like!

Located in the medieval town of Pals, Girona, Catalonia, Spain is a vending machine that dispenses prayer candles! Because the local vicar has several churches to attend he came up with the idea of setting up this. but I would like to think that it was divine intervention.

French Fries Vending Machine
French Fries Vending Machine

6 – Snack Attack!

Out of all of these vending machines I think this is the one I would love to try the most. Just the idea of some nice hot fries as a vendible snack sounds like the work of a genius to me.

Crab Vending Machine
Crab Vending Machine

5 – Have to got crabs?!?

To be honest, the number of times I have fancied a whole crab for a snack at lunch times is not that many. But if I did there is a great option for me in this hairy crab vending machine! No matter how strange it might sound apparently they are quite fresh and tasty.

Pizza Vending Machine
Pizza Vending Machine

4 – The Super Snacks!

Sometimes I often fancy a small snack size pizza. But I can cook one at work and the local pizza places only do big sizes! Well that is where this rather tasty sounding snack pizza comes into it and it only takes 2 1/2 mins to cook it, and while yours is cooking other people can order theirs! Sounds like a good thing to have in the office to me!

Flip Flop Vending Machine
Flip Flop Vending Machine

3 –  The flip flop handy drop!

Not much use in the middle of a city, but over in Australia there are in fact quite a few of these Havaianas: Flip Flop vending machines. Kind of cool I think!

Marijuana Vending Machine
Marijuana Vending Machine

2 – Pot Luck!

Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any stranger come to this “medical marijuana vending machine” and boy is it causing a real storm. And if you thought this machine alone was weird you should know that it is located in California, USA! (1 of 30 of them in fact)

Whiskey Vending Machine
Whiskey Vending Machine

1 –  5% proof Snacks!

Yes, that really is a Whisky vending machine that was placed outside a wine club in London way back 1960! Can you imagine it them still being around today!?! Oh, how times have changed. (for the better in this case)

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  4. Whilst driving through Belgium, I encountered a ‘Brotautomat’ – a fresh bread vending machine. Everything in it looked fresh and tasty – and warm. I could only imagine it was regularly stocked…

  5. On a less uplifting note, the vending machine at my boyfriend’s work contains burgers, which say on the packaging ‘80% bef’ – God knows what that consists of. Ugh! xx

  6. I vaguely remember reading an article about Library Vending Machines set up in a hospital in England. I thiiiiiiink it was a free-lending service so that patients and visiting friends/relatives could borrow books (and return them either via drop in box or other libraries). xx

  7. Yes indeed, it turns out the flip flop one is located on beaches that have jelly fish warning in place, so people can walk along the beaches safely by getting a pair from the vending machine. Cool eh! (and a good reason to own a pair)

  8. Heh heh… I saw a piece on the “How it’s made” television program on that pizza vending machine. It really is something special… it’s all made fresh, with no pre-made pizza crusts… it whips it up and cooks it, then applies the toppings. I would love to have one of them around here!

    As I suffer from debilitating migraines, the marijuana vending machine would be a real God-send for me. Another great post Russell!

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