Do you remember what your favorite Pez dispenser looked like?
Just south of San Francisco, close to the SFO airport, is a charming little town called Burlingame. The Pez Museum is located in Burlingame. I remember having so much fun with my Pez dispensers. I loved opening the candy and stacking them into what I called the "tiny elevator". I use to trade the fruity flavors with my brother and friends. Here are some facts to share about Pez from the museum site:
Austrian candy executive Eduard Haas invented Pez candy in 1927. The original little candy bricks were peppermint. In fact, the word Pez is an abbreviation of the German word for peppermint.(PfeffErminZ) Pez candy was originally sold in small tins. The first Pez dispenser appeared around 1950.
Pez was originally marketed as an adult mint for people trying to quit smoking. The first Pez dispensers, known to collectors as "regulars", did not have character heads. Around 1952, cartoon heads and fruity flavored candy were introduced. Since then, over 500 different heads have been made.
To find out more about Pez and to see your favorite Pez characters from the past go to the Pez Museum site and have fun reminiscing.
I wonder if Elivs had any idea his head would be on a Pez dispenser?
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