So, were you the kind of kid who used a PEZ dispenser for it’s intended, single-serve, purpose–or, were you the other kind of kid that just got one because it looked cool, and then just ate the package of PEZ by itself because it was easier? (We were totally the latter–just in case there was any question in your mind.) We, recently, got some new, single, PEZ dispensers in (just in time for Easter of course). Since we love Sanrio Characters, we decided to bring in My Melody, Hello Kitty, Keroppi and Bad Badtz Maru–and, not surprisingly, they’re all equally adorable. :) We also have The Hobbit and Scooby Doo Pez sets, which are perfect for any fan, or collector. AND, since PEZ is on the mind lately…we thought we’d fill this blog with some fun, Pezzy trivia!
Did ya know that…
PEZ was first introduced in 1927 in Vienna, Austria as a breath mint for adults?
The word PEZ was created using the first, middle and last letter in the German word for peppermint PfeffErminZ?
That in 2000, the Chicago Cubs hosted the first, ever, Pez Dispenser Day at the ballpark? (Uhm…how did it take the so long to do this? It seems like someone would have done this before!)
The first PEZ dispensers were know as regulars and did not have character heads on them. They were marketed to adults as an alternative to smoking. Original dispensers have sold for more than $100 each?
That Santa Clause is the best selling PEZ dispenser of all time? (Makes sense when you think about how perfect they are for a stocking stuffer!)
When making a single piece of PEZ Candy it takes 3,000 pounds of pressure to compress the sugar into the familiar brick shape of a PEZ Candy? (Woah. 3,000 lbs!)
Liquorice, coffee, and chlorophyll were all once PEZ candy flavors? (Chlorophyll? Seriously!? Oddly enough…there’s a huge part of us that wants to try that one…)
The first national gathering of PEZ collectors was held on Saturday June 15, 1991 in Mentor, Ohio. Since then collector conventions have popped up all over the United States?
In 2007, PEZ celebrated 80 years as a brand and continues to introduce new character dispensers all the time?
PEZ dispensers are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide?
The peach flavored PEZ have never been sold in the United States? (I don’t know about you, but we’d love to try those. They sounds pretty good to us!)
There are 12 pieces of candy in a regular roll of Pez?
That the small tabs on the bottom of each dispenser are called, ‘feet’? (Seems fitting!)
The name of the part located on the back of the dispenser head that pushes a single piece of candy out when the head is tilted backwards is called the ‘kicker’?
Albert Einstein has never been on the head of a dispenser–yet, Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone and Uncle Sam have? (Hmmm. I think it’s time to make an Einstein dispenser!)
Jagoda (ja’goda) used in Eastern Europe and Erdbeer used in Germany are the words for the flavor Strawberry? (So, if you’re ever over seas and buy some PEZ–these names are gonna equal awesome flavor–while tasting pretty familiar.)
Eduard Haas III first invented PEZ candy as an alternative to smoking in 1927? (So…how, exactly, does this work?)
If you’re a PEZ collector, you’re a PEZhead? (Though, obviously, all PEZ collectors would already know that. D’uh.)
PEZ Candy comes is the following flavors: Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Grape, Orange, Lemon, Strawberry-Vanilla, Raspberry-Lemon, Chocolate, Cola, Sour Blue Raspberry, Sour Green Apple, Sour Pineapple, Sour Watermelon. (We’re still gunnin’ for Peach!)
The first PEZ dispenser was invented by Oscar Uxa in 1948?
In 2002, the first glow-in-the-dark PEZ dispenser’s were sold in the U.S.? They were: Halloween Glowing Ghosts – Happy Henry, Naughty Neil, Slimy Sid, and Polly Pumpkin.
In a seemingly fitting turn-of-fate, Orphan Annie, Peppermint Patty, and Wile E. Coyote have all had their own PEZ dispensers–yet, Underdog never has.
In PEZ terms, a dispenser with only a cap and no character head is a, ‘Regular’? (Aka: A ‘Boring’. ;) )
Jack-in-the-Box was the first fast food restaurant to feature their mascot as a PEZ dispenser?
All of this trivia is straight-from-the-horses-mouth, aka: The PEZ Website, so, you know it’s the real deal. If you’re curious about more PEZ trivia, check out this link: www.pez.com/history. PEZ has a really fun website, that is easy to get lost clicking around in. If there’s a specific dispenser you’re looking for, or would love to see in our store, give us a call and we’ll do what we can to make it happen!