Imagine if you could combine enough ice cream flavors and toppings to outfit a mini Coldstone Creamery with the efficiency and compactness of one of Coke’s new futuristic beverage machines. That’s just what MooBella’s amazing ice cream kiosk does.
Tragically, the machines are still in the testing phase. The Boston Globe wrote about a recent test run at Northeastern University, and another machine has been spotted at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
How does it work? It’s not quite like any ice cream shop you have ever visited. Customers choose their ice cream flavors and mix-ins using a touch screen, and the machine assembles the ingredients on the spot, taking about 45 seconds. The ingredients are shelf-stable and don’t need to be refrigerated, which is slightly frightening, but college students seem to like it.
When they become commercially available, we look forward to installing a MooBella machine in the Consumerist offices somewhere between the pinball machines and the all-kitten petting zoo.