Seven-year-old Olivia Stevens, daughter of Melissa and Michael Stevens, of Dallas, will display her PEZ collection at the Back Mountain Memorial Lbrary in February.
A second-grade student at Apple Tree/Susquehanna School, Olivia has been collecting PEZ candy dispensers for six years and began when she started receiving them as gifts.
Her mom informs us that PEZ candies were first made in Austria as a breath mint in 1927. The word comes from the German word, pfefferminz, for peppermint. The mints were originally made for adults to discourage smoking and it was not until the 1950s that the company started to market the candy in fruit flavors for children. The original dispensers were a Santa, a robot and a space gun.
Olivia has over 50 dispensers in her collection and said, I like them because I don't waste them and I can keep them and use them as toys. She also likes the candy very much. One of the dispensers is a giant Barbie Pez. Her favorite is a Rudolph plush because his nose is cute.