The Unexpexted Origin of Pez

Did you know that Pez was originally invented as an anti-smoking treat? Lauren Donaldson of MSN's Deslish has that and 9 other weird origins of our favorite food:

Kids and adults alike collect PEZ dispensers to store the beloved candies. But PEZ wasn't always so fruity. It was developed as a peppermint candy more than 70 years ago in Vienna and marketed as a cigarette substitute. (In fact, the name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint: PfeffErminZ). Although PEZ has come a long way from its anti-smoking roots, it's still a popular treat. Today, more than 3 billion PEZ candies are consumed annually in the U.S.


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