Pez Dispensers & Refills
PEZ dispensers and refills - We are still trying to figure out if this is a candy company or a toy company. Either way PEZ sure is a lot of fun.
PEZ candy was invented as a breath mint in Vienna, Austria by Eduard Hass III. The name PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint, "pfefferminz," taking the P from the first letter, E from the middle and Z from the last letter. [continued below]
[continued from above] In 1948 Oscar Uxa designed the first PEZ dispenser called "Box Regulars" which resembled cigarette lighters encouraging people to quit smoking.
To grow the US market in the early 1950s PEZ introduced fruity flavors and character dispensers, targeting them toward children. The first dispensers were a full-body Santa, full-body robot and a space gun.
Popeye was the first licensed character with only the head rather than a full body. Mickey Mouse was introduced in the early 1960's.