'Round the vend - what food can you get from a machine?
April 8th, 2014
12:21 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Spring! Finally! Farmers markets are in full effect, boasting gorgeous and colorful fruits and vegetables straight from the ground, the trees, the bushes.

So this seems like a good time to take stock of all the awesome things you can now get straight from a machine. Asia and Europe have been way ahead of the United States in terms of vending machine cuisine, but now we’re starting to catch up. Happily, a lot of this food is, if not exactly fresh from the soil, at least frequently refreshed inside the vending machine case.
Take this quiz to reinforce just how rich America’s vending machine bounty now is.

Which following foods are available from vending machines in the U.S.?

1. Caviar
2. Salad
3. Pizza
4. Champagne
5. Cupcakes
6. Pie
7. Wine
8. Ice cream
9. Burritos
10. French Fries
Good luck!

Cupcake ATM vends sweet treats around the clock
March 8th, 2012
10:45 AM ET
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Editor's note: After a long, hungry wait, New York City finally has its own cupcake ATM.

It all started when Candace Nelson, a judge on the Food Network's “Cupcake Wars,” had a late-night pregnancy craving for, yes, cupcakes. As the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes - one of the leading forces behind the haute cupcake craze - she should have had 24-hour access to all the vanillas, red velvets, milk chocolates she wanted, but it was not to be.

Sprinkles was already closed for the night, and Nelson’s craving went unsatisfied. The entrepreneur was inspired, and she turned her misfortune into a goldmine: a 24-hour Cupcake ATM.

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Japan Eats: Thirsty in Japan? Ask a machine for a drink
December 1st, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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In Japan they say that the customer is God and even a machine is expected to pay its respects.

It’s a saying that supports the idea that Japan is the land of the vending machine with perhaps more machines per person than anywhere else in the world. In Japan’s cities they can be seen on most street corners dispensing sodas and hot coffee, but also more far-out items like ice cream, french fries, umbrellas and clothes.

They’ve even made it to the top of Mount Fuji, providing hungry hikers with hot, steamy instant noodles at the summit.

The country even has its own association of vending machine manufactures, the JVMA, which notes that the number of automatic dispensers in Japan, including ticket machines, amounts to over 5 million. That's a human-to-machine ratio of around 24 to one.

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Filed under: Asian • Cuisines • Feature • Japan • Japan Eats • Japanese • Travel • Vending Machines

September 17th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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Syracuse is one of three test markets for a new baby carrot campaign that aims to make the healthy, orange snacks appear more "hip."

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