In what could be the greatest food product to come from Belgium since checkered waffles or Duvel beer, a French fries vending machine was installed last Saturday outside of the grocery stores in the capital of Brussels.
For €2.50 ($3.50), the vending machine will take pre-cooked, refrigerated fries and drop them into a deep fryer before serving them in a handheld paper bin. A customer can also choose between three condiments to go with his or her 4.5 oz serving: ketchup, mayonnaise, or the Belgian-borne “samuarai sauce” (mayo mayonnaise with harissa).
"This device was tested in India and in Romania," Tuline Bey of distributor BreakTime Solutions told La Derniere Heure newspaper. "We have spent a year in development to adapt the machine to work with beef fat."
The vending machine is equipped with smart technology that sends a text message to the company whenever the stock of French fries runs low or when frying oil needs to be replaced — about every 65 hours.
Despite their name, which was branded by American soldiers during World War I, French fries were originally from Belgium, according to the country’s tourism department.
Want the machine at your office or corner store? Bey says the machine costs €299 ($400) per month and that the next generation of machines will feature chicken nuggets!!!