Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hot dog vending machine will satisfy your random wiener cravings

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge A different kind of hot dog vendor.
  • A different kind of hot dog vendor.

I'm starting to believe that man can put anything in a vending machine. As to whether you'll want to eat it once it is dispensed, I leave that in the capable hands of your discerning palate.

The latest exhibit of on-demand snacks is the hot dog vending machine, which So Good managed to capture a picture of at Fenway Park. Right next to it was the Kosher Cart, selling everything from knishes to onion rings.

Both products are made by Kosher Vending Industries and sell exclusively kosher food. The vending machines debuted in 2007. And the company based out of Valley Cottage, New York, had one early, heavyweight investor. That would be Ruby Azrak, who helped launch Phat Farm.

The hot dogs are cooked by infrared heat after being pulled from a refrigerated case by a mechanical arm. A bun is unwrapped as well and briefly warmed. The hot dog and bun are dispensed in under a minute. You can see the process at work here.

Add this one to the list of vending machine routes that need to come to Kansas City. It would rank somewhere between the meat vending machine (c'mon McGonigle's, look into it) and the soda fountain vending machine that can produce more than 120 soft drink flavors.

[Image via Kinetic Carnival]

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