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Fascinating facts about the invention
of
PEZ Candy by Eduard Haas in 1927.
PEZ® CANDY
AT A GLANCE:

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. In 1948, Oskar Uxa an employee of PEZ Candy invented the candy dispenser to look like a cigarette lighter. In 1955, the PEZ company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed it for children.
Invention: PEZ® Candy
PEZ photo courtest PEZ
Function: noun / Trademark
Definition: A compressed, dry candies, straight-edged and shaped like 3/8-inch- (1-cm-) long bricks. Derived from the German word for peppermint.PfeffErminZ
Trademark: PEZ trademarked on May 27,1952. Reg. No. 0559256
Invention: PEZ® dispenser,
PEZ photo courtest PEZ
Function: noun / Pocket Article Dispensing Container
Definition: A pocket mechanical dispensers for such candy. (holds 12 pieces of pez candy). Invented by Oskar Uxa a Pez Candy employee.
Patent: 2,620,061 (US) isssued December 2, 1952

Milestones:
1927 Eduard Haas III markets a compressed peppermint candy he names PEZ
1948 Oskar Uxa invents a device to dispense Pez candy shaped like a cigarette lighter
1952 Eduard Haas files for trademark for PEZ
1952 PEZ dispenser Patented in U. S. by Oskar Uxa and assigned to Eduard Haas
1955 The company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed it for children
ARYs: PEZ, PEZ candy, PEZ dispensers, Eduard Haas, Oskar Uxa, history, invention, story, facts, biography, inventor.

An integral part of the American scene for approximately since 1952, invented in 1927 by Eduard Haas III, PEZ Candy continues to be enjoyed by generations of Americans.

PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy over 70 years ago in Vienna, Austria. The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint...PfeffErminZ.

With great tasting flavors and collectable dispensers, PEZ is more than just a candy...it's the pioneer of "interactive candy" that is both enjoyable to eat and fun to play with. The PEZ dispenser, invented in 1948, was initially targeted for adult smokers, and the first dispenser was designed to look like a cigarette lighter (no character heads).

PEZ Dispensers are a hot collectable for adults and children alike as well as being a staple and part of American pop culture.  New character dispensers are introduced regularly to capitalize on current trends. Available around the world in more than 60 countries, PEZ Candy and Dispensers truly have universal appeal. Today, over 3 billion PEZ Candies are consumed annually in the U.S.A. alone.

TO LEARN MORE

RELATED INFORMATION:
History of Toys  from The Great Idea Finder

ON THE BOOKSHELF:

Warman's Pez Field Guide
by Shawn Peterson, Tracy L. Schmidt /Paperback: 510 pages / Krause Publications (2004)
Hundreds of listings of the most collectible PEZ dispensers and rare variations, as well as the latest PEZ releases. A history of PEZ accompanies a vibrant illustrated glossary, with over 200 highly detailed, full-color photos.
Collector's Guide to Pez: Identification & Price Guide
by Shawn Peterson  / Paperback: 192 pages / Krause Publications; 2nd edition (March, 2003)
This full color reference contains more than 600 images to assist in dispenser identification, and includes rare European releases. Variations are discussed for each dispenser and updated pricing accompanies each listing.
More Pez
by Richard Geary / Paperback - 80 pages 3rd edition (October 1, 1999) / Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
RIchard Geary's classic reference is now bigger and better with new discoveries and new PEZ products

ON THE WEB;
Welcome to the World of Pez
PEZ Candy, Inc. manufacturers home page. The official Web site for PEZ Candy, Inc..
(URL: www.pez.com )
PEZ History
It all started in 1927 in Austria when Edward Haas came up with this new peppermint candy.
(URL: www.pezcollectorsnews.com/history.html)
More Pez History:
An integral part of the American scene for approximately 50 years, PEZ Candy continues to be enjoyed by generations of Americans. PEZ was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy over 70 years ago in Vienna, Austria.
(URL: pezco.securesites.com/USA/index.php)

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

The first Pez dispensers, known to collectors as "regulars", did not have character heads. Around 1952, cartoon heads and fruity flavored candy were introduced. Since then, over 250 different heads
have been made.

(URL: www.burlingamepezmuseum.com/)
Ultimate PEZ Resource
PEZ Candy Dispenser Patent Number 4,966,305 they have the actual Patent application.
(URL: www.popapez.com )

TroPEZ
This is a FREE database program that helps you keep track of all the dispensers that you own.
Along with the program, you will get the latest version of the Master Database, which is a complete listing of all the different dispenser variations ever made.
(URL: www.stan-tropez.com/)

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The dispensers are manufactured and imported from Hungary, China, and Slovenia.

  • The Candy, both Regular and Sugarfree as well as PEZ Peppermint mints are produced and packaged with the dispensers in their Orange, Connecticut facilities.

  • The regular candy is produced in Orange, Grape, Lemon and Strawberry flavors. The Sugarfree is produced in Orange, Lemon and Strawberry flavors.

  • The first Pez dispensers, known to collectors as "regulars", did not have character heads. Around 1952, cartoon heads and fruity flavored candy were introduced. Since then, over 250 different heads have been made.

  • Today, over 3 billion PEZ Candies are consumed annually in the U.S.A. alone.

PEZ® is a registered trademark of Pez Candy, Inc.
Reference Sources in BOLD Type This page revised December 4, 2006.
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