PEZ was invented in 1927 in Vienna, Austria, as a peppermint flavored breath mint.
At first, the candy was sold in rolls as “Drops,” similar to Life Savers and other hard candy.
In general, patent numbers can give an indication but not a definitive date as to when a dispenser was produced.
Left over stems can be used for years, being added to newer heads and likewise, older, left over heads can sometimes be placed on newer stems. Patent 2,620,061 issued in 1952 described as a Pocket article dispensing container U. Patent 3,410,455 issued in 1968 described as a Dispensing Device for tablets U. Patent 3,845,882 issued in 1974 described as a Spring cage for use in a tablet dispensing receptacle U. Patent 3,942,683 issued in 1976 described as a Tablet dispensing receptacle U. Patent 4,966,305 issued in 1990 described as a Tablet dispenser U. Patent It should be noted that the 7.5 patent did not actually begin to appear in the market place until 2011 and many dispensers currently being shipped directly from Pez Candy, Inc. Additional patent numbers include the DBP 818.829 which is a German Deutsches Bundes Patent and dispensers made in Mexico which bear the patent number 141.242.
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Some of the first character dispensers were shaped like robots and Santa Claus.
The bodies of these dispensers from 1955 went beyond the rectangular outline of the refills inside them.
Eduard Haas III invented PEZ in 1927, in Vienna, Austria.
The name of the candy originated from the German word for peppermint, which happens to be “pfeffermintz.” Haas took the ‘p,’ ‘e,’ and ‘z’ from the German word to get the candy’s name, PEZ.