Today several websites are reporting an instant mashed potato product sold out of a dispenser at 7-Eleven, and depending on your viewpoint, it's either cool or gross.
notes food company Maggi
has created a machine that dispenses mashed potatoes out of a machine, just like a Slurpee.
How it works is the customer places a cup under a spout and pushes a button that says "mashed potato", and it comes out of a tube; a demonstration on YouTube
shows once the potatoes are in the cup, gravy comes out of a separate spout, pouring on top.
In the video the instant mash appears to be very watery, but several websites reported it thickens up after it sits for a few minutes.
What's interesting to note is the YouTube video was uploaded by YouTube user kkua1973
back in Dec. 2009, but has seemingly only garnered attention recently.
If you're itching to run out to 7-Eleven to give it a try, you're likely going to be disappointed; it seems the convenience chain has not been installing these machines across the globe, however they are reportedly popular in Singapore.
According to Tecca, a 7-Eleven representative told Tecca
the company is not sure whether or not these machines will cross the seas into the U.S. Tecca said the 7-Eleven representative "couldn't provide any detailed information about the machine itself, but noted that each 7-Eleven owner is responsible for requesting such hardware for their specific locations. "
Reportedly, the potatoes cost about $1-$2.