Did you know that there exists a very special history between Popeye and PEZ candy?  PEZ began making dispensers in the 1940s, and they were originally very plain and intended for adults who were trying to quit smoking.

Throughout the 1950s, PEZ introduced a number of more playful designs intended for children. In 1958, PEZ introduced the very first PEZ dispenser featuring a popular licensed character. If you guessed it was Popeye, you would be correct!


Yep, the world’s most beloved spinach-chomping sailor man was the FIRST famous character to get his face on a PEZ dispenser. PEZ even launched an entire ad campaign about it!

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