I thought I was over the whole cupcake craze. (Bring on the doughnuts!!!) That is, until I found out there was a Cupcake ATM out there. Naturally, I had to run over there and try it out.
The Cupcake ATM is attached to the very popular Sprinkles Cupcakes on Walton. You'll know you're there when you hear a Disney-like song playing and see the bright pink machine. You'll also probably see people taking photos in front of it.
To start, just touch the screen and scroll through your cupcake options. The machine is stocked with fresh, new flavors every day from the Sprinkles menu. You can flip through the options on the computer screen and read the description of each. And don't worry, the Cupcake ATM is refrigerated so there's no fear of food poisoning.
Each cupcake is $4.00 and must be paid for with a credit card. (Hence, the ATM part, I'm assuming.) After you've paid, it's time to get your cupcake. I was curious as to how the kept from getting smooshed or jostled on the way out of the machine, but apparently this is not something to worry about.
After you've paid for your cupcake, the screen switches over to show you a view from a camera inside the machine that's hooked up to an electronic arm. You watch the arm grab your cupcake and place it on a rotating plate. All of a sudden a door starts to spin and the cupcake disappears. Until you look down and realize that it has spun around to give you your cupcake!
And what a delicious cupcake it is! I had the s'more cupcake, and it was glorious. I was going to nibble on it as I walked down the street but ended up scarfing half of it before I made it to Michigan Ave. Not cute, but very delicious.