I recently found myself with a group of tween fencers at the Wendy’s on Howell Mill Road. After everyone got their food and empty cups to fill, we found ourselves face to face with one of these fine machines — called the Coke Freestyle. This branch of Wendy’s was one of several dozen test sites for the new machine, which spits out 104 flavors of soda and still beverages in whatever flavor profile your palate craves. You want Vanilla Coke? Peach Fanta? Yours for a moment of scrolling through the screen, making choices and pushing the right buttons.
The machines are being tested in Georgia and California. A full list of the sites can be found on the Coca-Cola Freestyle Facebook page.
How did my gaggle of kids react? With supreme indecision — pushing buttons, tasting, pushing more, acting very much like they were at the World of Coca-Cola until I told them to get a move on. They wanted to go back and get more, but I enforced the one cup/one drink rule.
I ended up with some kind of weird, zero-calorie lime-flavored water the color of Homer Simpson errant nuclear rod.
You can read the Coke press release here.
Has anyone else tried the Freestyle? Did your kids react with the same indecision?