The greatest vending machine in the world might be in Cedar Creek, Texas. The one-of-a-kind machine sits out front of the Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co. shop, next to a giant squirrel statue. Instead of candy bars or soda, though, it dispenses full-size, homemade pecan pies, 24 hours a day.
The Berdoll family installed the original machine in 2008 to meet the demand for pies and other tasty treats outside regular business hours. The family’s famous pecan pie had become so popular that snackers were stopping by at all hours to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. To keep their customers happy (but also let their staff get some sleep), the farm gift shop installed the vending machine, which is open round-the-clock.
The Berdoll Pecan Farm is a 340-acre farm, 15 miles east of Austin, has been family-owned and -operated for 33 years. Its orchard includes 15,000 trees, which yield five varieties of pecans: Choctaw, Pawnee, Wichita, Kiowa, and Cheyenne.
Unlike the mystery chips in your office vending machine, the pies here are as fresh as can be. The Berdoll Farm machine is restocked every day (even more frequently during the holidays) with freshly baked pies and other nutty delicacies.
As if the pies on demand weren’t fun enough, there’s also Ms. Pearl. The 14-foot-tall squirrel statue clutches a basketball-sized pecan—just in case you forget what you came for. Dozens of drivers stop every day on the side of Highway 71 to take a selfie with the cute pecan sales-rodent (she even has her own website!). Of course, most of them don’t dare leave without a few of her pastries.
This isn’t the only creative vending machine on the market. There’s one that dispenses fresh-baked baguettes, and another that provides books to literature lovers. Still, the Berdoll one probably takes the cake—or pie!—for the country’s most delicious vending machine.