Welcome to JUST PEZPeople have been collecting PEZ candy dispensers almost as long as they've been collecting stamps. It was one of the first pop culture products to become a contemporary collectible.
PEZ was created in Austria in the 1920s, and was originally marketed as a compressed peppermint candy. The first PEZ mint dispensers, known as "regulars", were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter, and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking.
The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint - PfeffErminZ - and it is correctly written in all capital letters. In the 1950s, the company began to release PEZ dispensers with character heads.
Kids began to buy the product for the dispenser, the candy was secondary, and a phenomenon was born.
PEZ dispensers are difficult to date because of the numerous releases and variations. Generally those made before 1989 can be identified because they have no "feet". The feet on the current models allow the dispenser to stand upright.
Some of the very early versions actually came in a box, and those in mint condition can be worth several hundred dollars on the secondary market. Some of the rarer dispensers include Baseball Glove (no feet), Batman with black hood and cape and Captain America (no feet).