Roadside Attraction QUICK Sugar fix
Location: Conveniently located off of exit 42 on I-95 in
Hours: Open daily, Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm and
Sunday 12pm - 5pm.
Price: Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids 3-12, and
children under 3 are free.
Bonus: A $2.00 credit is given for each ticket sold that can be used on
any item in the gift shop on the day of admission.
BRIEF HISTORY OF PEZ
The childhood candy has a rich history beginning in 1927 when Eduard Haas III created a peppermint sweet candy in Vienna, Austria. The name PEZ is derived from the German word for peppermint, pfefferminz. Originally the mints were sold in a small tin similar to the modern day Altoids container.
In 1957, Oscar Uxa, created the “regular” dispenser, which was billed as a more sanitary option and a deterrent to smoking. As PEZ was introduced to America so was the idea to place popular icon heads on the top of the dispensers. Jolly old St. Nick and Mickey Mouse were two of the early designs. Today the candy and their dispensers continue to be popular among children and collectors.
PEZ built the factory located in Orange. Connecticut in 1972 and opened the visitor center in 2011.
OUR TRIP TO PEZ LAND
My family and I decided to exit off the parking lot that is I-95 to visit the center on a hot July day. There was ample parking and the center had about a dozen people enjoying the history and nostalgia. The admission price was reasonable especially with the two dollar credit given to each ticket purchased. We paid a total of $14.00 and received $8.00 in credit, which paid for a commemorative magnet now residing on my refrigerator.
The visitor center was a pleasant experience that was well worth an easy on/off ramp to the expressway. We spent a little over an hour and completed a bingo scavenger hunt to located and record Pez dispenser release dates. This kids were excited to receive a free Pez dispenser and certificate upon completion.
Those curious on how the PEZ candy is created are happy to know there is a large window inside the visitor center that provides a look into the factory. Additionally there are videos of the process if you arrive during when the plant is not operational.
On a scale of one to five, I would give this a solid three and half Caravans.