iPad Meets Dr. Pepper

Okay, I know that Steve is encouraging us to take care of the homeless, Paul is telling us that we don’t have soul mates, and Rebecca is talking about Margaret Thatcher.

However, I had to interrupt these important message to tell you about the most awesome fast food development since McDonald’s started taking credit cards and Chick-Fil-A started using those enormous ketchup packets.

Last night at Wendy’s, I saw this new type of drink dispenser.  (Is this what people in larger cities have all the time?  I’d never come across one.)  It’s a spout with — essentially — an iPad above it.  So, there’s one spout with all kinds of possibilities.  For example, I clicked on Diet Dr. Pepper.  In most restaurants, you’re lucky if you can get that specific variation of Dr. Pepper.  But when I touched the Diet Dr. Pepper icon, it gave me even more options!

Would I like Diet Dr. Pepper Vanilla?  (Who knew?)  Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry?  Diet Dr. Pepper Cherry/Orange?

I am not making this up.

The Diet Coke icon brought me Diet Coke Lime, Orange, Cherry,  or Banana!  What?

My mind was reeling with the possibilities!

I’d never even heard of such combinations.  And I’m not even mentioning the decaffeinated versions of drinks.

There were people behind me, so I didn’t get to fully explore my options.  (What would happen if you chose Powerade?  How many flavors would be represented?  Ten?  But I did choose Fanta for my four year old, and there were so many choices I’ve never even dreamed of.

But wait, I thought.  Cynicism had taken hold of my heart.  If I get orange Fanta, will my Diet Dr. Pepper be flavored with the remnants of her orange drink?

I held my enthusiasm in check until I sat down and took a drink.

Great news! No orange contamination at all!

Can you believe what technology has given us?  Diet Dr. Pepper with Vanilla!

The only disadvantage I could imagine is not being able to simultaneously get a drink when another customer is at the other end of the dispenser.  (Is that bad etiquette anyway?  Like, if the other customer is getting Coke at one end, and you want to get the Hi-C on the other end?  Or is that considered pushy?)

None of the other customers were as thrilled with this machine and we were, so I thought I’d get your take.  Have you ever seen these new Coke machines, and are you a fan of the new technology?

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Nancy French is a three time New York Times Best Selling Author.

  • Rascal

    Very fun.

    And I hate to tell you this but you are really nice so I will: Almost all of the soft drinks now have corn syrup in them, as in high fructose corn syrup. If one does a little research on HFCS, one discovers that it is one of the most damaging substances you can ingest. It’s not just bad for you, it’s damaging to your body.

    Love your blog; glad you had fun with the new machine. I still drink a little soda pop once in a while (I love it) but knowing what it does to me, ice water sounds so much better!

  • Maggi McKenzie

    I saw one of these for the first time at Firehouse in Hermitage a couple of weeks ago. My initial thought was “whoooeee, I like! I can get a vanilla Coke somehwere besides Sonic.” The downside–only one spout, instead of the normal machine (or machines) with 6 or so choices. Park two 7-year-olds and an 11-year-old in front of this thing, and listen to all the adults behind you groan, as the kiddies dither and dither while the line gets longer and longer and longer. I had to step in with my parental powers of benign dictatorship and make some choices, lest the other patrons decide to pelt us with their chip bags. Overall though, thumbs up from me.