Ever taken money from the ATM? Using this Cupcake “ATM” should be fairly just as easy. A 24-hour running cupcake “ATM” has made its way to major cities such as LA, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. The machine was initially revealed in March of 2012 at “Sprinkles” bakery in Beverly Hills. Since its debut, the ATMs have been popping up everywhere, gaining worldwide media attention.
The Sprinkles’ product allows cupcake enthusiasts to buy gourmet cupcakes anytime they desire by merely pushing a button on a candy-pink machine. The machine is an extension of the bakery chain.
The cupcake ATM has the ability to dispense a variety of 20 different types of cupcakes which all come in brown and pink boxes. The user can make his or her selection by touching the screen. After choosing a cupcake, the customer watches on the screen as a robotic arm grabs that cupcake flavor. A moment later, the rotating door opens up with the boxed cupcake. Each cupcake costs $4.25.
Cupcake ATM creator Charles Nelson, 44, ensures the high quality of these treats. Apparently, the machine can hold up to 760 cupcakes at one time and is stocked about 2-3 times a day to ensure customers that their cupcakes are as fresh as they are out of the bakery.
Initially, the available flavors were Cuban coffee, cinnamon sugar, banana dark, and red velvet. Nonetheless, Sprinkles has expanded the options and makes the daily specials of the bakery available through the machine as well.
Nelson discussed how the idea of this machine came to him six years ago when his wife was pregnant and craving a cupcake. He said, “It was the middle of the night, and my wife really wanted a cupcake. I own a cupcake shop and couldn’t even get a cupcake!”
In addition to their current locations, the ATMs will soon be available in Georgetown, Washington D.C., Glendale, California, Palo Alto, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona. New York’s first Cupcake ATM by the Sprinkles cupcake store is at 780 Lexington Ave.
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