THE PEZ STORY
Pez (stylised as PEZ) is the brand name of an Austrian candy and associated manual candy dispensers. The candy is a pressed, dry, straight-edged, curved-corner block 15 mm (5⁄8 inch) long, 8 mm (5⁄16 inch) wide, and 5 mm (3⁄16 inch) high, with Pez dispensers holding 12 candy pieces.
1927 – PEZ is born when Austrian Eduard Haas II introduces tins of peppermint candy. known as ‘Pffefferminz’ in German, hence PEZ.
1949 – After years of selling them in small tins, the inventor Oscar Uxa patents a small mechanical dispenser and shows it at the Vienna Trade Fair that same year. It held 12 tablets, just as the latest dispensers do.
1952 – PEZ sets up operations in the USA in New York City and gets their first dispenser patent
1956 – A dispenser styled like a space gun is released, followed a year later by a three-dimensional character head, and then a year after that, their first licenced dispenser – Popeye.
1960’s – The range of flavours and character styles increases dramatically, with unusual flavours like Chlorophyll and Flowers.