Frequently asked questions and answers

Questions about PEZ

Questions about PEZ dispensers

Questions about ingredients and nutritional values

What do the letters P E Z stand for?

PEZ is a made-up name derived from the first, middle and last letter of the German word for peppermint, PfeffErminZ.

Who created PEZ and where?

The first PEZ candy was created by Eduard Haas III in 1927 in Austria. It was a peppermint candy.

What came first, the rectangular PEZ candies or the dispensers?

The first peppermint candies were invented in 1927. It wasn't until much later, in 1949, that the first dispenser was created in the form of a lighter.

Where are the PEZ dispensers and candies made?

PEZ candies are made an hour away from Vienna, in Hungary. The dispensers are made in both Hungary and China.
Quality and employee satisfaction are of utmost importance at all of our production locations.

How many countries sell PEZ products?

PEZ products are available in more than 80 countries worldwide. The range of products differs by country.

How many PEZ candies and dispensers are distributed every year?

70 million dispensers and 5 billion candies are distributed every year.

Why did the PEZ dispenser originally look like a lighter?

Eduard Haas III was a staunch anti-smoking advocate. With the PEZ dispenser and accompanying 'Smoking prohibited, PEZing allowed' campaign, he took up the fight against smoking.

How safe are PEZ dispensers for children?

Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of our little customers, which is why the safety of our PEZ dispensers is key. From the design of the dispenser and the raw materials used to production and final packaging, safety is of utmost importance to us.

In addition to undergoing numerous inspections during production, all dispensers are also subject to regular chemical and physical checks by external, accredited testing institutes in order to fulfil our strict specifications and ensure legally required standards.

All of our dispensers thus meet the minimum strict safety criteria of the EU Directive on the safety of toys (2009/48/EC) as well as European Standards on toy safety (EN71) and US Standards ASTM F963 for children above the age of 3, in the respective applicable version.

Naturally, the materials used to make the PEZ dispensers are suitable for direct contact with food, which is also regularly substantiated by migration tests on the materials themselves as well as regular checks on the finished dispensers in external, accredited testing institutes.

What was the first PEZ dispenser character for kids?

The first two dispensers for kids were Mickey Mouse and Donald. PEZ began cooperating with Walt Disney in 1962.

When a new PEZ dispenser is developed, is it automatically available worldwide?

No, individual country preferences are simply too different.
The decision as to which range is available in stores in which country is made together with our sales partners in the respective country.
The US is generally a completely independent market with its own subsidiary. Some ranges do overlap, but not all.

Do PEZ products contain gluten or lactose?

All PEZ products are lactose- and gluten-free.

Are PEZ products GM-free?

Yes, all products are GM-free.

Does PEZ use artificial colours and flavours?

Virtually all PEZ products are free from artificial colours and flavours!
PEZ Sour Mix is the only exception. Berry flavour contains the artificial colour 'Brilliant Blue FCF'. This is the colour that turns your tongue blue.

Are PEZ products organic?

We attach great importance to the quality of our raw ingredients, which are sourced from conventional farming.

Do PEZ products contain animal ingredients?

 

All of our products are free from animal by-products. A detailed list of which products are vegetarian and which are vegan can be found here:

 

 Vegan

Vegetarian

PEZ candies, Fruit x x
PEZ candies, Cola x x
PEZ candies, Fizzy x x
PEZ candies, Sour Mix   x
PEZ candies, Liquorice x x
PEZ candies, Peppermint sugar-free x x
Dextrose Fruit Mix, 30 g   x
Dextrose incl. 8 vitamins, calcium and folic acid, 45 g

x

x
Dextrose Rolls, 39 g  x x
Dextrose "Vita PEZ", 30 g x x
Fizzy Fruit Mix, 30 g x x
Fizzy Hearts, 30 g x x
Fizzy Rolls, 3 & 6 g x x

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Fizzy

Energy:1.647 kJ / 388 kcal (100 g), 140 kJ / 33 kcal (8,5 gg)
Fat:1,1 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8,5 gg)
Salt:2,1 g (100 g), 0,18 g (8,5 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Fizzy

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, sodium carbonates, acid (malic acid, tartic acid (L(+)-)), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated palm fat, flavouring, colours (betanin, curcumin, copper complexes of chlorophyllins, carotenes).

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

Strawberry, Green Apple, Tuttifrutti, Lemon, Orange

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Fruit

Energy:1.697 kJ / 400 kcal (100 g), 144 kJ / 34 kcal (8,5 gg)
Fat:1,6 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
    of which saturates:1,6 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
carbohydrate:95 g (100 g), 8,1 g (8,5 gg)
    of which sugars:95 g (100 g), 8,1 g (8,5 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8,5 gg)
Salt:0,83 g (100 g), 0,07 g (8,5 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Fruit

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, acid (citric acid), acidity regulator (sodium citrates), fully hydrogenated palm fat, emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), flavourings, fruit and plant concentrates: strawberry: (blackcurrant, black carrot), raspberry: (black carrot), cherry: (grape, black currant, black carrot), Orange: (apple, carrot, safflower, sweet potato), lemon: (safflower, lemon).

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours (sorted):

Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Cherry, Raspberry, Mango

 

 

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Cola

Energy:1.669 kJ / 392 kcal (100 g), 144 kJ / 33 kcal (8,5 gg)
Fat:1,4 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
    of which saturates:1,4 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
carbohydrate:93 g (100 g), 7,9 g (8,5 gg)
    of which sugars:93 g (100 g), 7,9 g (8,5 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8,5 gg)
Salt:1,6 g (100 g), 0,14 g (8,5 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Cola

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, acid (citric acid, tartaric acid (L(+)-)), acidity regulator (sodium citrates), sodium carbonates, fully hydrogenated palm fat, emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), flavouring.

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Mint

Energy:1.008 kJ / 242 kcal (100 g), 81 kJ / 19 kcal (8 gg)
Fat:0,6 g (100 g), 0,05 g (8 gg)
    of which saturates:0,6 g (100 g), 0,05 g (8 gg)
carbohydrate:99 g (100 g), 7,9 g (8 gg)
    of which sugars:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8 gg)
    including polyhydric alcohols:99 g (100 g), 7,9 g (8 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8 gg)
Salt:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Mint

Ingredients:

sweetener (sorbitol), natural flavouring, peppermint essential oil, fully hydrogenated palm fat, vegetable oils (palm, coconut), anti caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids), sweetener (sucralose).

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Sour Mix

Energy:1.707 kJ / 402 kcal (100 g), 145 kJ / 34 kcal (8,5 gg)
Fat:2,6 g (100 g), 0,2 g (8,5 gg)
    of which saturates:2,6 g (100 g), 0,2 g (8,5 gg)
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8,5 gg)
Salt:0,65 g (100 g), 0,06 g (8,5 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Sour Mix

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, acid (tartaric acid (L(+)-), malic acid, citric acid), fully hydrogenated palm fat, acidity regulator (sodium citrates), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), flavouring, colours (copper complexes of chlorophyllins, riboflavins, anthocyanins, carmines, Brilliant Blue FCF).

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegetarian.

 

Flavours:

Green Apple, Watermelon, Lemon-Lime, Berry-Mix (colors the tongue)

Nutritional values

PEZ Candy - Fizzy

Energy:1.647 kJ / 388 kcal (100 g), 140 kJ / 33 kcal (8,5 gg)
Fat:1,1 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g), 0,1 g (8,5 gg)
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g), 7,8 g (8,5 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), 0 g (8,5 gg)
Salt:2,1 g (100 g), 0,18 g (8,5 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

PEZ Candy - Fizzy

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, sodium carbonates, acid (malic acid, tartic acid (L(+)-)), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated palm fat, flavouring, colours (betanin, curcumin, copper complexes of chlorophyllins, carotenes).

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

Strawberry, Green Apple, Tuttifrutti, Lemon, Orange

Nutritional values

Fizzy Hearts 30 g

Energy:1.647 kJ / 388 kcal (100 g),
Fat:1,1 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:2,1 g (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Fizzy Hearts 30 g

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, sodium carbonates, acid (malic acid, tartic acid (L(+)-)), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated palm fat, flavouring, colours (betanin). 

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

Strawberry & Tuttifrutti

Nutritional values

Fizzy - Fruit Mix 30g

Energy:1.647 kJ / 388 kcal (100 g),
Fat:1,1 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:2,1 g (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Fizzy - Fruit Mix 30g

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, sodium carbonates, acid (malic acid, tartic acid (L(+)-)), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated palm fat, flavouring, colours (betanin, copper complexes of chlorophyllins). 

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

strawberry, green apple, tutti frutti

Nutritional values

Fizzy Rolls 3 g und 6 g

Energy:1.647 kJ / 388 kcal (100 g),
Fat:1,1 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:92 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:92 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:2,1 g (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Fizzy Rolls 3 g und 6 g

Ingredients:

sugar, glucose syrup, sodium carbonates, acid (malic acid, tartic acid (L(+)-)), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated palm fat, flavouring, colours (betanin, copper complexes of chlorophyllins). 

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

strawberry, green apple, tutti frutti

Nutritional values

Dextrose - Fruit Mix 30 g

Energy:1.563 kJ / 368 kcal (100 g), (30 gg)
Fat:0,6 g (100 g), (30 gg)
    of which saturates:0,6 g (100 g), (30 gg)
carbohydrate:89 g (100 g), (30 gg)
    of which sugars:89 g (100 g), (30 gg)
Protein:0 g (100 g), (30 gg)
Salz:0,38 g (100 g), (30 gg)

Ingredients + allergens

Dextrose - Fruit Mix 30 g

Ingredients:

dextrose (75 %), maltodextrin, acid (citric acid), acidity regulator (sodium citrates), flavour, raspberry fruit powder, fully hydrogenated vegetable fats (palm, rapeseed), anti-caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids), colour (curcumin).

 

 Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

Flavours:

Lemon, Orange, Raspberry

Nutritional values

Dextrose - Vita PEZ 30 g

Energy:1.527 kJ / 360 kcal (100 g),
Fat:1,1 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:1,1 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:86 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:86 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:0,83g (100 g),
Vitamin C:370 mg (100 g),
Riboflavin:9,7 mg (100 g),
Vitamin B6:8,6 mg (100 g),
Pantothensäure:39 mg (100 g),
Niacin:73 mg (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Dextrose - Vita PEZ 30 g

 Ingredients:

dextrose (86 %), maltodextrin, acid (citric acid), acidity regulator (sodium citrates), anti caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids), flavour, vitaminmixture (L-ascorbic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine-hydrochloride, calcium-D-pantothenate, nicotinamide), fully hydrogenated palm fat.

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

Nutritional values

Dextrose Rolls 39 g - Blackcurrant

Energy:1.545 kJ / 364 kcal (100 g),
Fat:0,5 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:0,5 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:89 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:89 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:0 g (100 g),
Vitamin C:80 mg (=100*) (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Dextrose Rolls 39 g - Blackcurrant

Ingredients:

dextrose (89 %) acid (tartaric acid (L(+)-)), anti-caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids), fully hydrogenated rapeseed fat, flavouring, vitamin C.

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

Nutritional values

Dextrose incl. 8 vitamins, calcium and folic acid - Strawberry

Energy:1.523 kJ / 358 kcal (100 g),
Fat:< 0,5 g (100 g),
    of which saturates:0,4 g (100 g),
carbohydrate:88 g (100 g),
    of which sugars:88 g (100 g),
Protein:0 g (100 g),
Salt:0 g (100 g),
Vitamin E:12 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Vitamin C:80 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Thiamin:1,1 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Riboflavin:1,4 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Niacin:16 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Vitamin B6:1,6 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Folsäure:200 µg (=100%*) (100 g),
Biotin:50 µg (=100%*) (100 g),
Pantothensäure:6 mg (=100%*) (100 g),
Calcium:260 mg (=33%*) (100 g),

Ingredients + allergens

Dextrose incl. 8 vitamins, calcium and folic acid - Strawberry

Ingredients:

dextrose (88 %), acid (citric acid), strawberry granulate (strawberry puree concentrate, maltodextrin), strawberry fruit powder, natural flavoruings, calcium carbonate, anti caking agent (magnesium salts of fatty acids), vitamin E, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid.

 

Lactose-free & gluten-free.

Vegan.

 

 

* nutrient reference values (NRV)

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