While on our way NYC, my best friend and I passed a huge billboard advertising the PEZ candy factory. I do believe we both said "whaaaat?!" and vowed to stop there on our way home. Both of us have a sweet tooth, though her more than I, so spending time at candy factory sounded amazing. Am I glad that we did because it was a fun detour!
Fun fact: did you know that the name PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint: "pfefferminz?" Yup, its true...P from the beginning, E from the middle, and Z from the end.
And colorful! The bright colors of America's most collectible candy dispensers dominated the entire floor. And I'm not kidding when I say dominated. On display was more PEZ dispensers than I ever thought possible, including rare, old, and a few less than PC ones. It was a lot of fun looking through the collection, which was housed all around the floor in display cases.
A large viewing window allowed peeping access onto the candy making floor, though you can't actually get back there. Just as well because I probably would've been removed by security for running rampant through a candy factory...
There was a bunch of other neat features, such as the world's largest PEZ dispenser.
My personal favorite part of the tour was scooping myself a bucket of all the different PEZ flavors, some of which I'd never seen before. Heads up - the chocolate one isn't that good but the Sour Blue Raspberry is excellent. (Obsessed with blue candy.)
Believe me, all the flavors made it into this mini bucket.
The self-guided tour cost us each $5, though you recoup some of that with a $2 gift shop credit. Either way, not expensive for an hour of fun!
The PEZ Factory is located at 35 Prindle Hill Road, Orange CT - right off route 95, exit 41.