We’re living in an era where you can get a bacon sundae, a french fry encased hot dog on a stick, and even fried Kool-Aid. So when the news broke that 7-Eleven was introducing a new mashed potato Slurpee machine, was it really that surprising?
7-Eleven convenience stores are located all over the world. The stores have always served quick, on-the-go foods to customers, and are probably best known for their Slurpees – a slushie drink that comes in a plethora of flavors ranging from cherry to Mountain Dew. All of the drinks are dispensed from an automatic machine that the customer gets to operate him or herself.
While the frozen drink is still the staple treat at 7-Eleven stores, select locations in Singapore made some huge waves this week with their newest installment: The mashed potato machine.
The machine looks like a Slurpee machine, but it is adorned with a picture of piping hot, gravy-covered mashed potatoes. However, the images of the real product itself aren’t quite as appetizing.
Nevertheless, customers in Singapore seem to love it so far. For just $2, patrons place their cups under the spout, press the “Mashed Potato” button, and await the hot water and powder potato mix to pour out. And if that isn’t enough, by pressing button number 3, chicken gravy follows right behind. The mix looks soupy and not much like grandma’s mashed potatoes. However, the word is that if you wait a few minutes, the soupy concoction sets up a little thicker – as if that makes it better.
The potatoes are a mix produced by the Maggi company, which is simply a powdered potato mix blended with hot water. So while it looks a little oogy, especially coming from a Slurpee spout, it’s not as bad as it may seem. Well, depending on what your standards are. It does bear to mention that for those with a more “sophisticated” palette, there’s also a “BBQ Mashed Potato Button” option. Cue “oohs” and “aahs.”
As for how many calories this suspicious dish will set you back, we couldn’t find any nutritional information on 7-Eleven’s website. However, other sources estimate that one 100 gram serving of Maggi brand mashed potatoes with ‘sauce’ runs about 124 calories, 7 grams of fat and 12 grams of carbohydrates. Not bad all in all, but still not nutritious.
Currently these machines are not in American stores, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be. If our headlines keep showing our affection for chocolate-covered bacon and Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers, it really doesn’t seem too far off to think we’ll be adding Big Gulp-sized instant potatoes to our menus in no time.
photo via redsuspenders tumblr
July 19th, 2012