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Pez

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Pez (trademarked PEZ, in capitals) is the brand name of an Austrian confectionery and the mechanical pocket dispensers for the same. The confectionery itself takes the shape of pressed, dry, straight-edged blocks (15 mm (5/8 inch) long, 8 mm wide and 5 mm high), with Pez dispensers holding 12 Pez pieces.

The name Pez was derived from the letters at the start, the middle and the end of the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz, the first Pez flavor. Pez was originally introduced in Austria in 1927, later exported, notably to the U.S., and eventually became available worldwide. The all-uppercase spelling of the logo echoes the trademark’s style on the packaging and the dispensers themselves, with the logo drawn in perspective and giving the appearance that the letters are built out of 44 brick-like Pez confectioneries (14 bricks in the P and 15 in each of the E and Z).

Despite the widespread recognition of the Pez dispenser, the company considers itself to be primarily a confectionery company, and says over 3 billion confectionery bricks are consumed each year in the U.S. alone. 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.

3 Comments to Pez

  1. i loved the classic ones like a clown or something, the ones now are becoming too big and obnoxious looking to be put in pants pockets, nothing wowed a 4th grade girl like my pez despencer collection untill starwars edition came out and Wade was the new cool-guy, the good old days fade quickly
    P.S. fuck you Wade, darth vador was only novel with a voice impression, i had the Ewok one bitch

  2. glen@work on June 29th, 2011
  3. hehe Those are still around to this day, and they still taste really good. :D Now I want some!

  4. Kendall on July 7th, 2011
  5. The candy is really good. The whole dispenser thing never worked for a four year old (or even five) When the dispenser is put inside a kid’s mouth, the saliva jams the candy and the kid ends up destroying the dispenser to get the candy out. I tried one at age 45 and it went just fine, with no accidents. I gave one to my 4 year old daughter and it was the spit-jam all over again.

  6. Dick Tater on September 11th, 2011

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