Who has never seen a Pez head candy dispenser?
They are those tiny plastic colored containers that hold a small brick of candy that are much along the lines of “Sweet-Tarts.” The top of the dispenser has synthetic head that is modeled after a popular character. TV or movies, cartoons or history figures are just a few of the designs these heads have. The odd thing is that the head has to be pulled back for the Pez candy to slip out. It is like the candy comes out of its throat.
The first Pez dispenser did not have a head and was initially aimed at adult smokers by looking like a cigarette lighter. Allina wanted to aim it more at children and added Santa Claus, a robot and Mickey Mouse to the top. It soon added more and became a collectible pop-cultural artifact. According to the Pez website the candy company sells tens of thousands of dispensers each year in 80 countries and adds new characters regularly.
Collectors are all over the internet and a few dispensers run as much as thousands of dollars apiece. There even a Museum of Pez Memorabilia in Burlingame, California. Imagine all your favorite Pez dispensers under one roof.
My first Pez candy dispenser was bought when I went to a local mall and was waiting for my mother at Newberrys. There I saw a Batman Pez. I remember pretending that every time I took a Pez I would have a super power and could then fight the imaginary villains who were invading our backyard.
Through the years I also remember owning Spider-man, Bug Bunny, Fred Flintstone, Thor, Pluto, Darth Vader and Tazmanian Devil. I have older friends who still collect the Nascar Pez and even the Star Trek Pez.
In 2009 I was out shopping with my niece and found that Pez has a collection out for the anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. She now owns a Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman Pez dispenser. Will she keep them and be a collector as well?
What was your favorite Pez dispenser when you were a kid?