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This article is about the peppermint brand. For other uses, see Pez (disambiguation). "Pez dispenser" redirects here. For the Seinfeld episode, see The Pez Dispenser. Pez PEZ peppermint pieces Course Peppermint Place of origin Austria Region or state Vienna Created by Eduard Haas III Invented 1927 Main ingredients Sugar Variations Many flavors Nutritional value(per 8.5 g (1 roll) serving) Protein 0 g Fat 0 g Carbohydrate 7.

9 g Other information   Media: Pez Pez (trademarked PEZ in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian candy and associated mechanical 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 Pez pieces. Pez was invented in Austria, and later exported worldwide.

The all-uppercase spelling of the logo echoes the trademark's style on the packaging and the dispensers, with the logo drawn in perspective and giving the appearance that the letters are built out of 44 brick-like Pez mints (14 bricks in the P and 15 in each of the E and Z). Despite the widespread recognition and popularity of the Pez dispenser, the company considers itself to be primarily a candy company, and over 3 billion bricks are consumed each year in the U.

S. alone.[1] Pez dispensers are part of popular culture in many nations, an example being 'Soul Candy' in Japanese manga series Bleach.[2] Because of the large number of dispenser designs over the years, they are collected by enthusiasts. History A Hello Kitty Pez dispenser Pez was first marketed as a compressed peppermint sweet in Vienna, Austria in 1927 by Eduard Haas III. The name PEZ is an abbreviation of PfeffErminZ (German for peppermint).

[1] Haas created the peppermints 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 was the first to sell Pez products. 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 and Mickey Mouse were among the first character dispensers.

Since 1950, over 1500 Pez dispensers, including the original character dispensers, have been created. Pez vending machines were used in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The first German machines were introduced around 1954 and were produced by DWM (Deutsche Waggon- und Maschinenfabrik) and GWS (Georg Wiegandt und Söhne), both of Berlin, Germany. Machines were later introduced in Switzerland and then in Austria, in October 1956; these were produced by Glerios / R.

Seipel & Co. and/or Theodor Braun (Vienna). In 1973, Pez built a factory in Orange, Connecticut, U.S. In 1983, Scott McWhinnie became the president of the Pez company. He retired in 2003. Joe Vittoria became president of the company in 2004. Around 2005 the size of the original factory was doubled and the Pez dispenser line was expanded. In the mid-1990s peppermints were reintroduced 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 Pez mints are produced in Traun and Orange, Connecticut, U.S. while the dispensers are produced in Hungary and China. Patents Pez, Inc. has applied for and received patents related to the Pez dispensers, and usually molds the patent number onto the stem of the design.

The patent number cannot be reliably used to determine how old the dispenser is.[3] Collectors refer to the first two digits of a patent number as a shorthand for a given patent number. For example, the 5.9 (5,984,285) 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 U.S. Patent 7,523,841 2009 Tray for storing and individually dispensing tablets 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 which mold position the specific piece came from.

Another, found on the side of the stem, indicates the country of origin. The IMC code 4 is followed by a superscripted second number which identifies a specific facility within that country.[4] IMC Country 1 Austria/Hungary 2 Austria/Hong Kong 3 Austria/Hungary 4 Austria 5 Yugoslavia/Slovenia 6 Hong Kong/China 7 Czechoslovakia 8 Austria 9 United States V Yugoslavia Characters When the price for Pez in a vending machine was increased to 3 coins, extra space for the bigger cash-box had to be fitted below the chute.

It shows "Pez die süße Freude" (Pez the sweet joy) and "Wenn Münzen gefallen, Knopf fest drücken" (When coins have dropped, press button firmly). Early Pez dispensers did not have character heads on them. They were what is known now as "regulars". A regular dispenser is just a rectangular box with a contoured flip top for dispensing the candy. Toy character head dispensers were introduced in 1955, after the candy was introduced in the United States.

There are over 550 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.

Star Wars Pez dispensers have been amongst the most popular collectibles since they were introduced in the 1990s. 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 resemblance.

In 2007, a limited edition Elvis set was released featuring three dispensers from different time periods in Presley's life. In 2008, the first Star Trek dispensers were released in a gift set with the seven original series crew and the Starship Enterprise. A second Star Trek gift set, based on The Next Generation series, was released in Fall 2012. In 2009, in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Pez released a boxed set with dispensers in the likenesses of the following characters: the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy Gale, Toto, Glinda, the Wizard of Oz, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Only 300,000 sets were made. In 2010, Pez released a Snow White and the seven dwarfs set, featuring a story book. These are the first characters featured on the "Short Stem" body. Only 250,000 sets were made. In 2011, a two-piece limited edition set was released for charity, featuring Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife-to-be, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In 2011, an eight-piece limited edition set was released featuring characters from The Lord of the Rings as they appear in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films: Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gollum.

Only 250,000 sets were made. 150,000 Walmart-exclusive sets were made. The Walmart sets did not have Bilbo. Instead, they came with the Eye of Sauron. In October 2012, Pez released a limited edition KISS gift set. The Starchild, The Demon, The Catman, and The Spaceman are displayed in a reusable metal gift tin. In 2013, Pez released the Monsters University pez. The characters were Mike Wazowski, James P.

"Sulley" Sullivan, Scott "Squishy" Squibbles and Randall Boggs. In September 2013, Pez released the Hobbit gift set. Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield, Fimbul the Hunter, Radagast, Kili, Bofur, and Dwalin are displayed in a printed cardboard box. In 2013, Pez released a series of 18 wheeler trucks. There were companies like Walgreens, Nice, Wawa, Safeway, Randall's, up market, Havoline, and many more.

In 2014, Pez released a giant Raphael. Raphael is from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2014, Pez released an Angry Birds gift tin. It had Red, Bomb, Stella, and a Minion Pig in a reusable metal gift tin. List of Pez sets of popular characters Name Characters DC Comics Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Catwoman, Two-Face, The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin Marvel Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, Sam, Gandalf The Grey, Aragorn, Legolas, Thorin Oakenshield, Fimbul the Hunter, Radagast, Kili, Bofur, Gimli, Gollum, Dwalin, Sauron Star Wars Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, R2-D2, C-3PO, Stormtrooper, Emperor Palpatine, General Grievous, Chewbacca, Yoda, Darth Vader, Death Star, Clone Trooper, Porg Pokémon Pikachu, Torchic, Treecko, Mudkip, Jirachi, Meowth, Plusle, Minun, Deoxys, Munchlax, Weavile, Lucario, Piplup, Mew, Pachirisu, Psyduck Disney Princess Rapunzel, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, Tiana, Jasmine, Merida The Simpsons Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Maggie Simpson SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Gary the Snail, alternate attire SpongeBob Mario Mario, Yoshi, Koopa, Wario, Toad, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong Angry Birds Red, Chuck, Bomb, Stella, Pig Minion DreamWorks Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Puss in Boots, RJ, Verne, Hammy, Stella, Po the Panda, Master Shifu, Tigress, Monkey, B.

O.B., Branch, Princess Poppy, Guy Diamond, The Missing Link, Insectosaurus, Barry B. Benson, Adam Flayman, Pollen Jock, Vanessa Bloome Pixar Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex, Slinky the Dog, Nemo, Bruce, Dory, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Randall Boggs, Scott "Squishy" Squibbles, Remy, Mater, Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson, Linguini, Chef Skinner, The Incredibles, Sally Carrera, Hamm, WALL-E, EVE, Emile, Bailey, Hank, Finn McMissile, Alien (Toy Story) Looney Tunes Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, Road Runner The Muppets and Sesame Street Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Elmo, Ernie, Bert, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Big Bird The Wizard Of Oz Dorothy Gale, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Glinda, Wizard of Oz, Wicked Witch of the West Fandom Value of Pez dispensers Some Pez dispensers can sell for large amounts as collectibles.

The highest verifiable sale of a Pez dispenser was a private sale of a Mickey Mouse softhead at $7,000 between an Austrian dealer and a US 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 Pez researcher David Welch, the dispenser was later proven by chemical testing to be a well-made fake.

The most valuable Pez dispensers are three Political Donkeys, each valued at over $13,000, one of which was owned by JFK. Pez conventions and gatherings The Pez collecting hobby has grown to the point where several conventions are held annually around the world. The oldest convention is Pez-a-Mania, which has been held in Ohio since 1991. Conventions are also annually held in Austria, Finland, France, Sweden, and in the U.

S. in Missouri, California, Minnesota, Connecticut, Michigan and South Carolina. Pez conventions are a place where collectors and dealers can meet to buy and sell Pez merchandise.[5] There are also typically auctions for charity and games and contests with Pez items as prizes. Film adaptation Envision Media Arts are developing an animated film version of Pez with Cameron Fay writing a screenplay, Lee Nelson & David Buelow producing and Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer & Jonathan Hung executive producing the film.

[6] See also Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia Pez Card Game References ^ a b "About Us". Pez Candy. Retrieved 2009-05-13. ^ "Bleach: 02 The Substitute". Game Vortex. Retrieved 2014-09-04. ^ Welch, David (September 1994). Collecting Pez. Bubba Scrubba Publ. p. 2. ISBN 0-9644956-0-0. ^ Welch, David (September 1994). Collecting Pez. Bubba Scrubba Publ. p. 290. ISBN 0-9644956-0-0. ^ "John LaSpina, of Middletown, N.

J., shows off one of his favorite... Photo-photo.85098 - StamfordAdvocate". StamfordAdvocate. Retrieved 2015-04-04. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (August 3, 2015). "Pez Candy Animated Movie in the Works". Variety. Further reading Geary, Richard, More Pez for Collectors, Schiffer Publishing; 3 edition (October 1, 1999). ISBN 978-0-7643-0994-6 Peterson, Shawn (2007). Shawn Peterson Collectors guide to Pez.

Krause Publications. ISBN 978-0-89689-635-2. Chertoff, Nina; Kahn, Susan (2006). Celebrating PEZ. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-4027-4227-9. External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pez. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Pez Official website Official North American Site Tropez collectors database for Windows Online database of PEZ dispensers and items CNNMoney: Every piece of Pez is made here (video) Retrieved from "https://en."

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Fascinating facts about the inventionof 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 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, 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 PEZ1948 Oskar Uxa invents a device to dispense Pez candy shaped like a cigarette lighter1952 Eduard Haas files for trademark for PEZ1952 PEZ dispenser Patented in U. S. by Oskar Uxa and assigned to Eduard Haas1955 The company placed heads on the dispensers and marketed it for childrenARYs: 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.'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 FinderON THE BOOKSHELF:Warman's Pez Field Guideby 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 Guideby 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 Pezby 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: )PEZ HistoryIt all started in 1927 in Austria when Edward Haas came up with this new peppermint candy.

(URL: 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: Burlingame Museum of Pez MemorabiliaThe 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 headshave been made.(URL: PEZ ResourcePEZ Candy Dispenser Patent Number 4,966,305 they have the actual Patent application.(URL: )TroPEZThis 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: 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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