Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Did you know? PEZ edition!

Top ten facts you might not know about PEZ candy!

  1. The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint, Pfefferminz, because it was the original flavor.
  2. Over 3 billion of these sweet brick like treats are consumed in the United States alone annually.
  3. PEZ originally came in a small tin much like Altoids today.
  4. This candy has been around since 1927
  5. It wasn’t until 1955 that the now familiar PEZ character dispensers were created
  6. The highest sale of a PEZ dispenser was a Mickey dispenser sold from an Australian dealer and a California collector for $7000.
  7. There is a PEZ convention in Ohio called Pez-a-mania ( that has been around since 1991
  8. Discontinued flavors include but are not limited to coffee, flower, and yogurt.
  9. The traditional spring cage design was patented in 1974
  10. The first PEZ dispensers made in the actual likeness of living people were manufactured in 2006. They were of the Teutul family from Orange County Choppers.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fun with food, one thing Mom was wrong about!

Mom always said it was never okay to play with my food,
but we've found some cases where it just makes sense!
Here are some fun ideas to keep your kids learning this summer.

Spelling your name (and other words) just got SO much more fun when you're spelling in candy. You can also use pieces to create shapes, build scenes from favorite books (Tootsie Roll Canoe anyone?) or make a map of the USA.

Use smaller candies such as Runts or Sweetarts to practice counting and simple mathematics.
These candies are also perfect for creating custom picture frames or artwork with some Elmer's glue wooden frames or construction paper.