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A typical PEZ dispenser and packaging

PEZ is the brand name of an Austrian candy, the pocket mechanical dispensers for such candy, and an abbreviation of PEZ Candy Inc. The candy takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged blocks (3/8-inch- (1-cm-) long), with PEZ dispensers holding 12 pieces of PEZ candy. Pez or PEZ may refer to: Look up pez, Pez in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A typical PEZ dispenser and packaging. ...


The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz, the first PEZ flavor.[1] PEZ was originally introduced in Austria, later exported, notably to the U.S., and eventually became available worldwide. The all-upper-case spelling of PEZ echoes the trademark's style of type on packaging and the dispensers themselves, drawn in perspective and looking as if the letters were built out of 44 brick-like PEZ candies (14 bricks in the P and 15 in both the E and Z). Binomial name Mentha × piperita L. Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a (usually) sterile hybrid mint, a cross between watermint (Mentha aquatica) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). ...


Despite the world-wide recognition of the PEZ dispenser, the company considers itself to be primarily a candy company, producing over 3 billion candy bricks each year in the U.S. alone [1]. PEZ Dispensers are part of popular culture in many nations. Because of the large number of dispenser designs over the years, PEZ dispensers are collected by enthusiasts. Popular culture, sometimes abbreviated to pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... // The hobby of collecting consists of acquiring specific items based on a particular interest of the collector. ...

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History

PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy in Vienna, Austria. The candy was invented in 1927 in Vienna by a confectioner named Eduard Haas III. Haas invented peppermint candies using family owned baking powders, and decided to serve the mints in small, hand-size containers. He manufactured a small tin to hold the mints, similar to the modern Altoids tins. The first PEZ mint dispensers, known as "regulars", were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter, and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking. They were invented by Oscar Uxa. Haas Food Manufacturing Corporation of Vienna, Austria, was the first to sell PEZ candies. For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term confectionery refers to food items rich in sugar. ... Eduard Haas III. was an Austrian barker and confectioner who invented PEZ candy in Vienna sausage in 1927. ... Altoids Wintergreen Altoids are a popular brand of breath mints that turn you into a flaming homosexual like Sammy Traverso and have existed since the turn of the 19th century. ...


World War II slowed marketing and production. In 1945, manufacturers devised and promoted the PEZ Box Regular. In 1952 Eduard Haas introduced his product to the United States, and Curtis Allina headed PEZ's U.S. business. In 1955, the PEZ company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed them for children. Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse were among the first character dispensers. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ...


After being unavailable for several years, peppermint flavored PEZ candies were reintroduced in the late 1990s along with remakes of the "regulars".


In early 2006 the family of the original founder of the company bought back 32.5% of the stock from investment company PGH for 18M. They now own 67.5% of the company. The headquarters are in Traun, Austria. The candies are produced in Traun and Orange, Connecticut. Dispensers are produced in Hungary and China. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... Traun is a city in the Austrian state (Bundesland) of Upper Austria. ... Orange is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...


Value of PEZ Dispensers

Some PEZ dispensers can sell for large amounts as a collectible. The highest verifiable sale of PEZ dispenser was a private sale of a Mickey Mouse softhead at $7000 between an Austrian dealer and a California collector. This dispenser was never available for sale to the public, and was a factory prototype. The high prices which some PEZ items fetch has led to the manufacturing of fake PEZ items as well. The 2006 EBAY sale of a clear 50s Space Gun for $11,000 took place but according to noted PEZ author, David Welch, the dispenser was later proven by chemical testing to be a well made fake.[citation needed]


PEZ in popular culture

Pez Candy is a part of American pop culture. One can find references to PEZ in music[2][3][4], Television[5][6][7], and film[8]. One common misconception is that eBay was founded to facilitate trading PEZ dispensers. While founder Pierre Omidyar's wife is a PEZ collector, this story has since been revealed as an invention created for marketing purposes. Popular culture, sometimes abbreviated to pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... Pierre M. Omidyar (born 21 June 1967) is a French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist/economist, and the founder/chairman of the eBay auction site. ...


Candy

PEZ candy has come in a wide variety of flavors over the years, including:

General

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Dextrose
  • Flower
  • Grape

General (Cont.)

  • Lemon
  • Menthol/Eucalyptus
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Yogurt

Sour Flavors

  • Sour Watermelon
  • Sour Green Apple
  • Sour Blue Raspberry
  • Sour Pineapple

Sugarfree Flavors

  • Sugarfree Orange
  • Sugarfree Lemon
  • Sugarfree Strawberry

The common American flavors of orange, lemon, grape & strawberry are available in kosher form in specialty markets. The circled U indicates that this can of tuna is certified kosher by the Union of Orthodox Congregations. ...


Patents

There are several patents related to the PEZ dispenser. PEZ, Inc. has applied for and received patents related to the PEZ dispensers. Usually, the patent number is molded onto the stem changed every time PEZ, Inc. made a change in the design of the dispenser. The patent number cannot be reliably used to determine how old the dispenser is.[9] For example, the 5.9 Patent was granted in 1999, but didn't first appear on a PEZ item until 2002. By 2007, 4.9 patented items were still regularly appearing on store shelves. Dispensers can also be found with several non-US patents, such as the German "DBP 818.829" (Deutsches Bundes Patent), and the Mexican "Patent Nr 141,242." The patent number timeline related to PEZ dispensers are the following.

Patent Year Name of patent; notes about the patent
U.S. Patent 2,620,061  1952 Pocket article dispensing container; First patent for the PEZ dispenser
U.S. Patent 3,410,455  1968 Dispensing Device for tablets
U.S. Patent 3,845,882  1974 Spring cage for use in a tablet dispensing receptacle
U.S. Patent 3,942,683  1976 Tablet dispensing receptacle
U.S. Patent 4,966,305  1990 Tablet dispenser
U.S. Patent 5,984,285  1999 Plastic spring

For other uses, see Patent (disambiguation). ... A year (from Old English gēr) is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ...

Injection Mold Codes

PEZ dispenser Stems will usually also be embossed with several injection mold codes [IMC]. Some, like those found on the bottom of the dispenser feet, will tell what mold position the specific piece came from. Another, found on the side of the stem, tells you the country of origin. The IMC code 4 is followed by a superscripted second number which identifies a specific facility within that country.[10] For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ...

IMC Country
1 Austria/Hungary
2 Austria/Hong Kong
3 Austria/Hungary
4 Austria
5 Yugoslavia/Slovenia
6 Hong Kong/China
7 Hong Kong/Austria
8 Austria
9 Vermont, Connecticut/USA
V Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija in the Latin alphabet, Југославија in Cyrillic; English: South Slavia, or literary The Land of South Slavs) describes three political entities that existed one at a time on the Balkan Peninsula in Europe, during most of the 20th century. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ...

Characters

A Bugs Bunny PEZ dispenser.

Toy character head dispensers were introduced in 1955, after the candy was introduced in the United States. There are over 450 unique dispenser heads with thousands of variations. The company formerly had a general rule against creating likenesses of real people. In the 1970s, three historical figures were created: Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, and Paul Revere which were released as part of the Bicentennial series. These dispenser heads were not made to actually look like the people they represented, but instead used generic faces with different accessories. In 2006 a limited edition series of three PEZ dispensers were made to look like the Teutul family from Orange County Choppers. These are the first dispensers to have been made in the actual likeness of living people. The NASCAR-themed dispensers are based on the helmets of famous drivers, rather than their actual likenesses. In 2007 a limited edition Elvis set was released featuring 3 dispensers from different time periods in the kings life. There are many books and websites which catalog all PEZ dispensers which have been manufactured. Some will be found in the external links and references sections below. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 357 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (464 × 779 pixel, file size: 34 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) PEZ dispenser distributing pez candy. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 357 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (464 × 779 pixel, file size: 34 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) PEZ dispenser distributing pez candy. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Artists interpretation of Betsy Ross and two children presenting her sewn flag to George Washington and others Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 - January 30, 1836) was an American woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. ... This 1820 oil painting by Chester Harding is the only portrait of Daniel Boone made from life. ... For the song by the Beastie Boys, see Paul Revere (song). ... An anniversary is a day that commemorates an event that occurred on the same day of the year some time in the past. ... Orange County Choppers store near Montgomery, New York. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ...

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References

  1. ^ a b http://www.pez.com/USA/about-us/
  2. ^ Rockstar (Nickelback song)
  3. ^ Less Than Jake
  4. ^ Warlords of Pez
  5. ^ Seinfeld
  6. ^ The Pretender (TV series)
  7. ^ Lover's Walk
  8. ^ Stand by Me (film)
  9. ^ Welch, David (1994). Collecting PEZ. Bubba Scrubba Publ., p. 2. ISBN 0964495600. 
  10. ^ Welch, David (1994). Collecting PEZ. Bubba Scrubba Publ., p. 290. ISBN 0964495600. 

Rockstar is a country rock song by the Canadian country rock band Nickelback from their 2005 fifth studio album All the Right Reasons. ... Less Than Jake is an American ska punk band from Gainesville, Florida. ... The Warlords of Pez hail from the Planet Pez. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning, American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC for four seasons between 1996 and 2000. ... Lovers Walk is episode 8 of season 3 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Stand by Me is a 1986 drama film directed by Rob Reiner. ...

See also

The PEZ Card Game is a multiplayer party collectible card game based on the popular PEZ candy . ...

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PEZ (324 words)
The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint - PfeffErminZ - and it is correctly written in all capital letters.
PEZ dispensers are difficult to date because of the numerous releases and variations.
PEZ Candy is manufactured in Orange, Connecticut, and the dispensers are manufactured and imported from Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, China, and Slovenia.
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