Founded in 1927 by Eduard Haas III in Austria marks the birth of PEZ.  The name PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint, "Pffefferminz" taking the P from the first letter, E from the middle letter and Z from the last letter to form the now iconic brand name PEZ.

PEZ was introduced to the U.S. in 1952. The first ever PEZ collector convention was held in Mentor, Ohio on June 15, 1991. Collectors from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan help make PEZ an international phenomenon.

Courtesy of the PEZ® website