Do you know where Pez originated? Or where it got its name from? Or that the candy was originally marketed as an alternative to cigarettes? Honestly, I didn’t either. But I do now. Thanks to this Refinery29 video that pulls back the curtain on anything you ever wanted to know about Pez.
I love a good ‘How It’s Made’ video, and this rendition does not disappoint. It starts with a brief history of the candy before diving into all things production. The whole process begins with sugar. Lots of it. Like, 600-pound vats of it. After some processing, flavoring, coloring, and pressing, the sweet tiny tablets emerge. Then, machines slip them into the iconic dispenser—by far my favorite part—and off they go to be crushed between the teeth of some sugar-hungry child. Check out the video below to learn more about Pez.
There you have it—a piece-by-piece peek into the Pez process. Hope you enjoyed, I definitely did.
Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.