PEZ Candy

PEZ is a candy that comes in the form of small bricks. PEZ is sold in colorful aluminum packages, each containing multiple small “brick shaped” PEZ candies. PEZ is often eaten from toy candy dispensers that can take many forms. These toy candy dispensers will release or stick out a piece of PEZ candy, one at a time, making eating PEZ a novel experience that has helped propel this candy to popularity. PEZ candy dispensers have become somewhat of a sensation, and with many versions of them existing, including cross branded figures such as Star Wars PEZ candy dispensers. The packages that contain PEZ candies will often hold several flavors inside one package, each piece of candy tightly bound next to each other in the foil package. Some packages contain one flavor, or special edition flavors. You can read below for more information about PEZ, including flavors, history, and information on buying PEZ.

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PEZ Candy

PEZ History And Information

PEZ is a compressed peppermint candy launched in Austria in 1927 and brought to the U.S. in 1952. The candy was initially available in small drops and sold in tins before the hard-pressed brick shape candy was invented and PEZ dispensers followed in 1948 that hold 12 candy pieces. In 2015, about three billion PEZ bricks were consumed in the U.S. each year, more than two dozen flavors are available and over 1,500 PEZ dispensers have been created and are collected by fans called PEZheads.

Eduard Haas from Vienna, Austria invented PEZ and named it as an abbreviation of the German word PfeffErminZ for peppermint. Haas marketed PEZ as an alternative to smoking and used the slogan, “No smoking, PEZing Allowed.” In 1935 a PEZ factory was built in Czechoslovakia and in 1948 a small mechanical box for dispensing the tablets was invented by Oscar Uxa for the Haas Manufacturing Corporation of Vienna. The first PEZ mint dispensers, known as “regulars,” were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter.

It wasn’t until 1952 that PEZ made it the United States, setting up headquarters in New York City. Curtis Allina, the first PEZ president in the U.S. found PEZ difficult to sell with the strong peppermint taste and in an attempt to create a product children would like came up with the idea of creating fruit flavors and character-themed dispensers. Lemon, orange, cherry, strawberry and raspberry were the first fruit flavors offered. The first dispensers were Santa Claus, a robot and a space gun, with Santa the most popular. 

There are a number of other flavors currently available, including cola, mango and chocolate, along with sour watermelon, green apple, blue raspberry and pineapple. Over 1,500 PEZ dispensers have been created since the 1950s. In 1957 a three-dimensional character head to the top of the dispenser was added and a Halloween witch was the first character added, with Popeye the first licensed character in 1958.

The company initially had a general rule against creating likenesses of real people on PEZ dispensers but in 1976 Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and Daniel Boone were placed on Bicentennial Commemorative PEZ dispensers and several U.S. presidents have been featured. Star War PEZ dispensers have been among the most popular collectibles since they were introduced in the 1990s. In 2007, Elvis Pressley dispensers were offered and in 2008 the first Star Wars dispensers were released.

The Tweety Bird model is especially famous, thanks to its use in an episode of Seinfeld, when Jerry puts it on Elaine’s lap, which causes her to laugh uncontrollably. PEZ dispenser collecting grew in popularity in the early 1990s and the first-ever PEZ collectors convention was held in Mentor, Ohio in 1991. Collectors from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan made PEZ an international phenomenon. 

Collectors conventions are held around the world and the 22nd annual Northeast PEZ Collectors Convention is scheduled for April 29-May 2, 2020 in Stamford, CT. Most of the PEZ distributed today comes from a factory in Orange, CT, which was built in 1973 that produces 12 million tablets of PEZ every day and uses 50,000 pounds of sugar every 4 days. Together with the location in Traun, Austria it produces 70 million dispensers and five billion candies per year.

In 2011, the company opened a PEZ visitor center at its CT headquarters that features the most comprehensive collection of PEZ memorabilia in the world. Some Pez dispensers can sell for large amounts as collectibles. It has been alleged that the highest verifiable sale of a Pez dispenser was a private sale of a Mickey Mouse dispenser at $7,000, But we could not confirm that.

Among the most valuable Pez dispensers are two Political Donkeys, each valued at over $13,000, one of which was owned by JFK. A political Democratic donkey dispenser and a Republican elephant PEZ dispenser were released; These two PEZ dispensers had estimated combined value of $20,000 to $25,000. The making of a PEZ animated film was announced in 2015 with a possible release date of 2018, but no mention of the film has been made since 2015.

The Year PEZ Was Invented

PEZ was invented in the year 1927, and was invented in Austria. PEZ was first sold in the U.S in the year 1952.

The Person Who Invented PEZ Candy

PEZ was invented by Eduard Haas, an Austrian businessman from Vienna. As an adolescent, Haas patented a light baking powder mixture for Gugelhupf cakes.

The Company That Makes PEZ Candy

PEZ candy is produced by PEZ, who has the subsidiaries PEZ Candy Inc and PEZ International GmbH.

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