Push button, receive pancake


52 Responses to “Push button, receive pancake”

  1. splashu says:

    I love the straightfoward nature of the interface. “Ok”

  2. GawainLavers says:


    God, it’s like one of those frightening experiments where they wire the pleasure centers of a rat’s brain to a button in its cage.  Although instead of finding my corpse starved and dehydrated lying on the button, I’d look a bit more like Terry Jones in The Meaning of Life.

  3. Rich Curtis says:

    They’re surprisingly easy to reload and the pancakes are gluten free/all natural. My employer brought one of these in for a test run. Leave it to us americans to make a machine to spit out pancakes at the push of a button. 

    • What do you load it with? Dry mixture? Or milk, eggs, etc.

      • dragonfrog says:

        The ones I’ve seen have sealed bags of pre-mixed batter.  I would assume they are sold or licensed by the manufacturer, under a razor-blade business model.

        If indeed they were gluten-free, it would have been really nice if the hotel had put up a sign to that effect next to the machine – my wife and mother in law could have had some too had we but knowed…

    • theophrastvs says:

      i loves me some un-natural pancake! (“dude! that’s not an ‘un-natural pancake’… it’s a preternatural!”)

    • billstewart says:

       I’m surprised by the assertions of “gluten free” and “all natural”.  If you’re using the standard mix for these machines, the first ingredient is “enriched bleached wheat flour”, which contains gluten, and a whole bunch of other typical American processed bakery product ingredients, few of which I’d call “all natural”.

      It’s possible that you’re using some other mix, and pancakes can usually function adequately without gluten holding them together, but the standard bag is highly unlikely to be gluten-free.

  4. Well there’s my Christmas present sorted.

  5. Joe M. says:

    Were they at a Holiday Inn Express in Bloomsburg, PA by any chance? I was there for a wedding a few weeks ago and it looks EXACTLY like that. 

    • Robert says:

      That pic gives even more pleasure. Not only “Please Do Not Open” but also “Please Dont Open”. Perhaps forgivable because those labels appear not to have been part of the original machine.

      But it has everyone’s favorite, quotes-for-emphasis, stamped into the metal. Press OK “Once” For Single Service.

    • bcsizemo says:

      I think these must be a common thing to Holiday Inn Express.  My wife and I stayed at one in either VA or WV and they had one of these.  I mean they weren’t as good as I can make from scratch, but for something that takes a minute to come out hot and ready they weren’t bad.

  6. Bevatron Repairman says:

    They have pretty good do-it-yourself waffle machines at hotels and have for a while.  It’s a trick to serve a hot breakfast without upping the staff.

    • relawson says:

      Yeah, the pancake machine wouldn’t be as fun as the waffle machines!

      There was one of these at the student center at IUPUI 

      It worked very well, but, the batter was pretty bland. And I like mine a little more well done that the pre-set timer would allow for, so I just left mine in for another minute or two.

      It would also make a pretty good mess even if you filled the batter cup to the set mark. The time spent cleaning up is probably the reason they removed it.

  7. SPC Card says:

    Those machines that make mini-donuts at fairs work much the same way. Half the fun is watching your donuts being made. This machine seems to take some of the fun out of it.

  8. mappo says:

    This is the perfect compliment to those bacon dispensing machines I always see in public restrooms!

  9. Boundegar says:

    I must have this!  What does it do again?

  10. Robert says:

    Have you ever used those scary bagel toasting machines? The ones with the metal conveyor belt where you insert your untoasted bagel into the maw of hell, and 30 seconds later out comes a scorched bagel?

    Like this, only the ones I’ve seen never have the slidey slide in front.


    • digi_owl says:

      Reminds me of something i have seen been used to heat burger buns. Basically you slip each half in at the top, and they come sliding out at the bottom nice and toasty.

    • Reminds me of the toast conveyor belts you get in some hotels.

      I’ve also seen a much larger version used for making pizza.  They just seem so inefficient, half the heat must escape out of the front, but still, pizza on a conveyor belt.

  11. dahellisdat says:

    Where’s my cornballer?

  12. Dave D says:

    I tried one at a Holiday Inn Express in TX.   Though the pancake tasted fine, it came out in pieces.  Of course, the staff had no idea what to do except turn it off and report it broken.

    • Christopher says:

      In an ideal world it would, when turned off, yell, “NO PANCAKES FOR YOU!”  whenever anyone came too close. Like one of those car alarms that tells you you’re too close to the car, but genuinely entertaining.

  13. ablebody says:

    just saw one at holiday inn express breakfast in savannah on monday. one sad pancake flopped out for the guy in front of me. he shrugged and made a could-be-worse noise.

    • It makes ONE pancake at a time?  And it’s in AMERICA?

      I’m a skinny Brit, but I’d still throw a tantrum if I waited for one measly pancake.

      • belgand says:

         IIRC from the HI Express I was at in Klamath Falls you get two pancakes per press of the button.

        Fun fact: traveling in California north of San Francisco is like playing Fallout 2!

  14. digi_owl says:

    As an Norwegian the similarities between American pancakes and what we call svele always trips me up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svele

  15. Jack Daniel says:

    PeeWee Herman approves.

  16. Can I wear it like a feedbag? 

  17. Alan says:

    What’s fun is when the bag o’ batter runs dry – it makes a pancake ribbon instead of a pancake disk.  Or at least the one I got to use one morning was doing this.  They didn’t even have it plugged in the next morning.

  18. bcsizemo says:

    I like pancakes and love waffles, but unless they are really good, they just become a vehicle to carry the butter and syrup to my mouth.

  19. jmcilhaney says:

    They taste just awful.  I am a road warrior in Texas and HI Ex is a hotel frequented in my travel zones.  They are flat, no rise whatsoever, lack any sort of flavor.  I try to stick to local eateries, but in a pinch, HI Ex breakfast will work.  Now their cinnamon roll, that is a different story…

  20. Considering how good my leftover frozen homemade pancakes are when reheated, I am surprised they bother with the complexity of this machine.

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