What's at the PEZ Vistor Center and Factory?

I LOVE PEZ, and a tour of the factory is the collector's dream come true. I was able to realize this dream a few years ago when PEZ opened their Visitor Center and the Northeast PEZ Convention hosted a bus trip there with an exclusive tour of the factory! This year they did it once again  and added a PIZZA party. A single bus full of collectors arrived on a lovely Thursday afternoon just in time for a pizza party in the upstairs loft of the factory.

PEZ Visitor Center Parking

PEZ Bus Tour Group

Tall Mary Belyski rallys the troops.

PEZ Pizza Party

Hosts Richie and Mary Belyski make sure we always have a great time, and this year, while the trip was to the Visitor Center and included a Pizza party, we didn't know that they arranged for a tour!

Each small group was presented with the factory rules (don't touch anything!) from famed collector, author, and now PEZ employee,  Sean Peterson. Our tour guide, Chris, is a 15 year PEZ veteran who runs IT. All dressed in our coats and hair nets, Chris took us on our way.

  Shawn PetersonOur tour guide, Chris
The candy is made in Orange, Connecticut at the factory, and the dispensers are made in Austria and China. We started the tour with some fresh candy, straight out of the sweet brick making machines! Flavors for the day were strawberry and orange, and fresh PEZ not only tastes excellent, it smells good too!! Chris caught each of us our flavor pick in a plastic cup so we enjoyed the rest of our tour in a sugar rush!

Fresh Strawberry PEZ Candy

Next he took us to the place where it all starts ... the sugar silo. The sugar comes in by truck, is loaded into the silo, then it's brought into the factory where it is ground to an 8x sugar. It's then mixed with the flavor in hoppers that fit the candy making machines. PEZ has 3 of these brick making wonders. 

PEZ Sugar Silo

PEZ Sugar Grinder

8x sugar for PEZ Candy

Filling the PEZ hoppers

Pre-PEZ flavored sugar

The candy bricks are stored in plastic bins and are delivered to the candy packing room next door, via a conveyor belt system, for wrapping. "Reject" packs are not wasted. They are gathered up and sold to local farms as pig feed! Kinda funny since they did make a Porky Pig PEZ dispenser long ago!

PEZ Candy machine

PEZ Candy getting packaged

PEZ Candy getting packaged

'Reject' PEZ Candy

Each candy pack then moves on to be bundled for sale or combined with dispensers. The automated system makes sure all the candy packs face in the same direction. An "Info Board" lets everyone know what is being packaged on the line for that shift. The day of our visit they were bagging "My Little Pony" dispensers.

PEZ Candy Packaging

PEZ Candy Packaging

Today's PEZ Packaging

My Little Pony PEZ

My Little Pony PEZ

My Little Pony PEZ

Rounding out our tour was a trip to the huge warehouse where they store all the PEZ. We got a peek into where they package up PEZ.com orders as well.

PEZ Warehouse

Once our tour was over we went shopping! Ok, I went shopping, Bubba was taking all these awesome photos!  It's a collectors bonanza in the gift shop, all the current dispensers, as well as some Visitor Center exclusives are on sale. A giant PEZ Boy dispenser even simulates serving up a giant PEZ brick!

PEZ Visitor Center

PEZ Visitor Center

PEZ Visitor Center

PEZ Visitor Center

There is an extensive collection on display in the Visitor Center. Dispensers as well as a handful of candy machines. I'm lucky enough to have one of the smaller yellow candy machines in my collection thanks to my awesome gift-giving hubby!

PEZ Vending Machines

Vintage Cocoa Marsh PEZ

Vintage PEZ Guns

Vintage PEZ Candy

All in all, another great visit to PEZ Candy! Thanks Richie & Mary!!!


PEZ sign

PEZ sign