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History of PEZ (and other useles information)

What does PEZ stand for? PEZ comes from the first, middle, and last letters of the German word for peppermint, PfeffErminZ.

Who invented PEZ? PEZ was invented by Eduard Haas III.

How long has PEZ been around? PEZ candy was created in 1927 in Vienna, Austria. The PEZ dispenser was invented in 1948. PEZ candies and dispensers have been marketed in America since 1952.

Did you know... That PEZ was first marketed as a compressed breath mint in Austria. It was initially targeted for adult smokers, and the first dispenser was designed to look like a cigrette lighter(no character heads). After being introduced in America in 1952, market research with children led to the introduction of fruit flavors and character heads featuring top licensed characters. Today PEZ is available around the world in more than 60 countries.