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Mar 22, 2018

If you follow The Story Behind on Instagram, you may have seen our weekend adventure with the family to the factory where today’s sugary-sweet topic is made. We looked at the old uniforms ladies used to wear to dispense the candy, which is funny because the candy already comes in a plastic dispenser to begin with.

Find out the history of this almost 100-year-old treat, including the outlaw in the ‘90s who sold made a Black market for the dispensers. And by the way, there will be details at the end of the show for how you can enter to win a giveaway of today’s topics.

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Media:

PEZ dispenser in E.T. movie - YouTube

Music for Makers

Sources:

About Us - PEZ.com

This Michigan Farmer Made $4 Million Smuggling Rare Pez Containers into the U.S. - Playboy

The History of PEZ Iconic Candy Dispensers - Candy Favorites

PEZ Candy Animated Movie in the Works - Variety

The Surprising History Behind Pez Candy And Their Iconic Dispensers - LittleThings.com

ALL-TIME 100 Greatest Toys: PEZ Dispenser - Time

PEZ Information - Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the PEZ Dispenser - CNN Money

10 Indispensable Facts about PEZ - Mental Floss

Every Piece of Pez is Made Here - CNN Money

Pez Candy Movie in the Works - The Wrap

Top 10 Most Valuable PEZ Dispensers - eBay

Eduard Haas III - Lemelson.MIT.edu

As a Teenager, the Inventor of PEZ Created One of the World’s First Ready-Made Cake Mixes - Today I Found Out

Quest for the Pez Holy Grail: International Smuggling Meets Father-Son Bonding - Collectors Weekly

Steven Glew’s eBay page

Steven Glew’s Current Blog - PEZ Outlaw Goes to Hollywood

Steven Glew’s Original Blog - PEZ Outlaw