January 10, 2006


If you're like me, your workplace has one of these:


Most people know it as a vending machine. You know the kind; push a button and it whirls around to show you a variety of food that's too big for a normal dispenser and too susceptible to food poisoning to go without refrigeration.

I prefer to call it the Wheel of Death. (Apparently, so do others.)

What items are for sale within the ones here at the Tribune?

Let's take a look, shall we?


Item: Pierre brand Buffalo Style Chicken Wings

Price: $2.50

Company Product Description: Generous 5 oz. serving of wings marinated with spicy seasonings - not too hot, not too mild. Spices are cooked in for just-right flavor. Fully cooked to stay juicy and tender.

Comment: Could this be a potential backdoor gateway for the asian bird flu pandemic in the U.S.? That seems unlikely. We're guessing this chicken wing product probably doesn't have a shred of chicken in it.


Item: Jimmy Dean Super Stuff Sausage 'N Gravy Filled Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich

Price: $1.25

Company Product Description: 4 oz. Jimmy Dean pork sausage in a classic Southern-style gravy.

Comment: I've been waiting for someone to package a food item for vending purposes that tasted like dog. I wait no longer.

Rebuttal: A quote from Robertson Vending manager Vern Ricker of Carbondale, Ill., found on Automatic Merchandiser Online: "Our most popular items are: Jimmy Deans, Biscuit & Sausage Twin; White Castle, Hamburger; Jimmy Dean, Grilled Chicken Breast; Red Baron,Pepperoni Pizza Deep Dish; Tony's, Supreme Pizza; Pierre, Fish & Cheese; Pierre, Jumbo Bacon Cheeseburger. These are the best items according to our customers' preferences. We sell many more items, but these are the top movers."


Item: Pierre Big Az Fish and Cheese sandwich

Price: $1.25

Company Product Description: Catch the Wave! Giant-sized breaded 8-ounce fish patty topped with cheese and served on our World Famous microwaveable bun. Colorful packaging graphics encourage consumer trial.

Comment: If they freeze-dried Mrs. Paul and then ground her into a powder form and then formed the powder into a square-patty shape and then breaded and fried her remains and put it between a stale bun, it would taste more like real seafood than this does. This was wicked bad, my friend.

But thank God for the colorful packaging graphics. Especially the truth-in-advertising Big Az brand name. (No, we weren't fooled into thinking it was an abbreviation for "Big Arizona.'')

We can only wonder about the product names they rejected... Wyd Lode? Cheekus Maximus? Hips Ahoy?


Item: Pierre Big Az Bubba Twins Chili Cheese Dogs

Price: $2.25

Company Product Description: Bubba Twins tips the scales with two FULL-SIZE sandwiches in one package! Twin hot dogs are topped with zesty chili and shredded cheese. Packaged in fun, colorful packaging and featuring a Double Money Back Guarantee.

Comment: Best machine-vended animal lips money can buy.

Posted by Jeff at January 10, 2006 03:02 PM

I'm intrigued. Who are these Bubba Twins? Were these dogs made from the meaty by-product scrapings of two mechanically-separated but theretofore identically snouted porcine creatures? Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: Rommie at January 10, 2006 11:22 PM

>> Comment: I've been waiting for someone to package a food item for vending purposes that tasted like dog. I wait no longer.

And you're familiar with this taste how, exactly?

Funny post. Our Wheel of Death also contains plenty of items that can be called food only by using the loosest possible definition.

Posted by: Mark at January 11, 2006 01:13 AM

I will no longer complain about cafeteria food. It could be much MUCH worse.

Posted by: kate at January 13, 2006 08:35 AM
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