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Vintage Candy Dispenser

I haven't seen this posted yet, and searches didn't show anything, so I apologize if this is old news…

My sister sent me a text today from Sam's Club that said, "Have you seen this?" and attached this image:



I was immediately intrigued. When I found out that it actually includes a base, I pulled the trigger and bought one. I haven't opened it up yet, so I can't vouch for quality at the moment. And I actually just moved, so I don't even have a movie room to put it in as of yet! But I figured I'd share this find with the forum in case anyone else is looking for a retro candy dispenser.

Here's the listing at Sam's Club (which includes a photo with the base attached) http://www.samsclub.com/sams/candy-d...rod13440138.ip
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Saw that when I was there. Had to resist the temptation. ☺ if it was in red I would not have been able to...
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I saw the candy one as well as the popcorn machine by the same company. would appreciate any feedback for those that have picked one/both of these up as well.
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Look's amazing. I would like to see more.

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Any feedback on this before I buy it? I too saw it at SAMS club
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Our Sams has several things in this series (popcorn, candy, cooler)

I have one of the smaller popcorn machine (on wheeled cart) by the same company and it works pretty well.
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Our Sams has several things in this series (popcorn, candy, cooler)

I have one of the smaller popcorn machine (on wheeled cart) by the same company and it works pretty well.
Any idea who manufactures these things?

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Any idea who manufactures these things?
No idea. And I may have to correct my previous post . . . mine is a Nostalgia Electronics brand. It was a gift, but we use it quite a bit.
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I have all three - the popcorn, candy, and vintage pop cooler. Very nice - well made and fit extremely well in my home theater. Highly recommended.
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I have all three - the popcorn, candy, and vintage pop cooler. Very nice - well made and fit extremely well in my home theater. Highly recommended.
Could you give me the link to your theater thread? I'd love to check out the pictures. Hard to get a sense of scale off of the Sams club site.

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Sorry for the delay. I finally unboxed and assembled my candy machine. Is it worth $200? Time will tell. But I have to say that it looks amazing. There are things I like, things I don't like, and things that scare me about it. Keep in mind that this was a ridiculous impulse purchase by me, based solely on the photo I posted above. I never even went to the store. I honestly knew nothing about it until I opened it up at home. I guess we'll split my review into the good, the bad, and the ugly...

THE GOOD:
  • As I said, I think it looks amazing. It's a great dated, retro-blue color that really seems to harken back to an earlier era. The paint even has super-tiny gold sparkles that catch the light and give it a metalish appearance. Yes, this is *not* metal. It's plastic. (More on that below).
  • It has a light!! It actually has a few. There's a light that illuminates the word "CANDY", another that shines down on the candy, and one at the back of the dispenser area (behind the containers in the photo above). It certainly looks nice all lit up.
  • It has wheels. Well, it has two fixed wheels and two adjustable feet, so it isn't as maneuverable as something on casters, but it can be moved around without too much effort. (But honestly, the unit is not heavy at all)
  • It does come with the small plastic candy cups/bins that you see pictured. Six of them. They match the color scheme of the unit nicely. And there's a small door on the right side of the upper unit that serves as a storage area for the candy bins. It's only about half the depth of the unit (the candy sits in the front half) and although there's room for the plastic candy bins, there's little room for much else.

THE BAD:
(these aren't necessarily "bad" things… just tiny details that aren't necessarily "good")
  • It's plastic. ALL plastic. The only metal parts are the back of the upper unit and the corner pieces (not visible) in the bottom part. All of the blue/yellow pieces are plastic.
  • As much as I like the finish and style, I really wish they made a red version that would compliment my popcorn machine more. It looks fine next to the popcorn machine as it is, but a red one would have made me happier (I believe that this same company DOES make a popcorn machine with the same blue/yellow color scheme as the candy machine, but having owned an inexpensive popper in the past, I wouldn't recommend the one by this company)
    [EDIT: It appears that the Vintage Appliance Company Popcorn Maachine is red, not blue, but with a design scheme and style similar to the candy machine]
  • Some assembly required. (It only took me about 15 minutes, and if you aren't using the base, you only need to attach the handle and you are good to go.)
  • It's top heavy. It's so top heavy that the instructions require additional ballast to be placed in the bottom unit. It comes with a bag that can be filled with sand, but it also recommends rocks or bricks instead. But don't worry about losing any storage space because...
  • The bottom unit is completely hollow with no door for additional storage. It's not a deal-breaker, but it certainly seems like a wasted opportunity considering that the only other "storage area" is the tiny area for candy cups/bins.
  • No surprise here, but the dispensing area is shallow. It's deep enough to get the included cups or a hand underneath, but not anything bigger. I certainly can't be the only person who mixes M&Ms in with his popcorn, right? It would have been nice to be able to stick a popcorn container under the dispenser.

THE UGLY:
  • I have not added any candy to the bins yet, but man those knobs seem flimsy. Scarily so. I can see how something like cornflakes might work well, but I fear that anything hard like M&Ms/Skittles might make for trouble. And there is NO WAY those licorice pieces in the photo above are going to work…by my estimation, they're way too big.
  • You know that light that i mentioned? Well there's no switch for it!! Seriously. If you want to turn off the light, you need to pull the plug, which seems ridiculous to me. I'm certainly not going to leave the light on 24/7, so I have to go over to the outlet and yank the plug? (I know that there are other solutions, but it just seems like poor design).


OVERALL
If this was $100, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. At $200, it seems a bit too pricey for the quality. Time will tell whether it stands up to much abuse… I do have my doubts, though. As it stands, it is definitely a very nice looking piece and certainly adds some atmosphere to a movie room or concession area (neither of which I have at the moment.).

If anyone has any questions or wants photos, let me know.
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Any idea who manufactures these things?
The company name is "Vintage Appliance Company". They don't seem to have an online presence and I can't find anything else that they make besides the three items discussed in this thread.
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The company name is "Vintage Appliance Company". They don't seem to have an online presence and I can't find anything else that they make besides the three items discussed in this thread.
Thank you for the detailed review. I wish there was a company that made an even more expensive version of this that used metal instead of plastic and higher quality components. $200 seems high for a plastic shell, no matter how great it looks.

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Has anyone else gotten this? What are your thoughts?
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Btw, Sams has them on sale this week for $99.
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Mine was delivered today and I have to say I'm happy with it. Yes it's plastic for the most part but an all metal version of this at this size would not be $100-200 but probably double at the least. Putting it together was easy and short of someone tackling it or completely running roughshod on it I think it'll hold up quite nicely in a theater room. Not sure if we got the same handles but the ones on mine feel heavier duty than most of the other components on this and had no issues with the m&m's and skittles I tried in it. Lights were a nice touch as well. Overall I'm happy with it for what I paid and would purchase it again at the current pricing. It added a nice touch to our theater room next to the popcorn machine.
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Mine was delivered today and I have to say I'm happy with it. Yes it's plastic for the most part but an all metal version of this at this size would not be $100-200 but probably double at the least. Putting it together was easy and short of someone tackling it or completely running roughshod on it I think it'll hold up quite nicely in a theater room. Not sure if we got the same handles but the ones on mine feel heavier duty than most of the other components on this and had no issues with the m&m's and skittles I tried in it. Lights were a nice touch as well. Overall I'm happy with it for what I paid and would purchase it again at the current pricing. It added a nice touch to our theater room next to the popcorn machine.
Stopped in local Sam's Club today and they had one each of the popcorn machine and candy machine. Couldn't resist for 99.00. If you have the candy machine what candy is everyone using?
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I have peanut m&m's, regular m&m's, skittles, and reeses pieces in mine. No issues dispensing any of them so far.
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Do u think it would work with something like sour patch kids?
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At first it would work probably but I'm avoiding anything gummy as it would eventually stick together and make it hard or impossible to dispense correctly. I think most other candy would work fine though.
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The wife got this for me the other day. We are using mike & ikes, M&Ms, skittles and peanuts. So far no complaints.
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Bought this holiday for a family Christmas present, put in M&Ms, Reeses pieces, jelly belly's and Mike & Ikes. Not even 2 days in the Mike and Ikes got jammed and one of the knobs got twisted off because I kept turning it thinking I was about to unjam the candy...going to see if they will take it back
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I have had mine for a couple of weeks now with no problems. I have M&Ms, Reeces Pieces, Skittles and Chewy Sweet Tarts. Gotta admit I love it so far!!
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Bought this holiday for a family Christmas present, put in M&Ms, Reeses pieces, jelly belly's and Mike & Ikes. Not even 2 days in the Mike and Ikes got jammed and one of the knobs got twisted off because I kept turning it thinking I was about to unjam the candy...going to see if they will take it back
I finally got in to take a look at them in person. They do look nice and at $99 the price is right. It was too much plastic for me though. I would definitely be tempted at paying out a wad of cash if there was a metal or vintage one of these available.

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Sam's Club has these candy machines for under $50 now

I was surprised to see my Sam's Club in Erie, PA had restocked these candy machines & had them for $49.91. I went the week after Christmas hoping to score one for $100, but it was still $150 there (they scanned it and confirmed the sign was right). They only had 1 left in stock, but he said more were on there way. I happened to be in the store today, and wasn't even looking for it...but ran into them & the popcorn machine for under $50! Since I already had a (better) popper, I passed on that...but picked up the candy machine.

I will say, it's nicer than I expected. Well worth $50 (at $150 or $200...not so much). I ended up not using the stand (I had a place to put it on my counter). I think foregoing the stand makes it look a little less "cheap" (still plastic-y...but less so).

So...you might want to check your Sam's Club!
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We bought the candy dispenser and pop corn machine at Sam's Club around Jan 2 for $50 per machine. The candy machine is great however the popcorn machine only lasted 2 uses. The second time we used it, it ran for about 10 seconds and it completely shut down on its own. A little bit of smoke came out from the popper and that was it. It has power but the motor will not come on..........I'm assuming the motor burnt out. Good thing we bought a 2-year money back guarantee from Sam's Club for $4.88. I'm sure we will get our money back but I would really like to have working popcorn machine. All the Sam's in the area does not this machine any longer.

I tried to Google the manufacturer but I'm blown away that the Vintage Appliance Company does not have an online presence.

Anybody know if the motor can be replaced? I would really like to know who makes these things maybe there is a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

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Take a picture of the motor, I can't imagine these things are so complicate that the average can't fix or replace the motor.
I bet it's generic parts given the cost of these machines.

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Take a picture of the motor, I can't imagine these things are so complicate that the average can't fix or replace the motor.
I bet it's generic parts given the cost of these machines.

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It looks pretty simple to replace but not certain which part I need.

IF you can tell me which part and where to buy it, that would be greatly appreciated.









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Bought one today, they are bigger than I expected. I wish my upper cabinets were a bit shorter so I had some more room. Not planning to use the base but I'll hold onto it in case someone ever needs a backup.


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