7-11 Now Selling Mashed Potatoes From Slurpee-Like Vending Machine [VIDEO]
A Little Hot Water + A Few Dried Potato Flakes = Yum?
You'll be hard pressed to find fans of instant mashed potatoes, but, like most other things dispensed from a vending machine, 7-11's new mashed potato machines somehow make the faux taters more appealing.
First, the bad news: the machine are not (yet) widely available in the United States. They're mostly found outside the U.S., with Singapore reportedly a particularly big supporter of the mashed taters dispensers.
The good news: the machines, made by a Swiss company called Maggi, are both ridiculously cool and kinda gross (in that, I-can't-look-away way) at the same time.
The way the machine works: hot water and potato flakes mix together and glurg from the machine into a small paper bowl, much like how a Slurpee pours out of a machine and into a paper cup.
When the flakes and water gel together, they're supposed to become a thicker, mashed potato-like consistency, at which time they can be topped by gravy from the potato machine.
Tecca.com spoke with a 7-11 rep who said it's up to each 7-11 store to request the vending machines for their stores, so, if you want to be able to sample the Magic Maggi Mashed Potato Machine, be sure to let your local convenience store owner know.
In the meantime, check out a video of the mashed potato machine in action (and ponder whether or not you could actually eat a bowl of mashed potatoes that made a slurping sound when dispensed):