Where do Pez Come From?

Where do Pez Come From?

I was browsing through all the candy that Sweet City Candy has to offer and began to wonder about one in particular – Pez!  Where do they come from and when were they invented?  So I set out to find the answer, and here you have it, people – the history of Pez!

  • Pez was invented in 1927 in Vienna, Austria as a breath mint.  Pez is actually an abbreviation of the German word “Pfefferminz” (peppermint)
  • In 1948 the first Pez dispenser was invented.  It resembled a cigarette lighter and was meant to encourage people to quit smoking.
  • In the early 1950′s, to grow its American market, Pez created fruity flavors and character shaped dispensers
  • In the early 1960s, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters were introduced as Pez dispensers.  You can still purchase those today from our website here.
  • Feet were added to the dispensers in 1987 to make them more stable when standing up, say on someone’s lap during a piano concert causing her to laugh so hard it disrupts the recital (what is iconic TV show is this a reference to? Find out here.)
  • June 15 1991 the first Pez Collectors Convention was held in Mentor, Ohio.
  • In 1993 Pez was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine
  • In the late 1990s, Pez released Star Wars themed Pez dispensers, now the most popular dispensers in Pez’s history
  • In 2002 Pez Sourz dispensers were introduced and had new sour flavors including pineapple, blue raspberry, watermelon and green apple.
  • 2007 marked Pez’ 80th anniversary and released a commemorative Mickey Mouse dispenser in a collectable tin
  • 2008 Pez launched a chocolate flavor
  • 2011 Pez expands its flavors again and added strawberry-vanilla and raspberry lemon
Sweet City Candy offers a wide variety of Pez dispensers – here’s what you can find on our website:

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