Kristien’s parents were in our ‘hood recently and we were scrambling to find something to do. A few days ago we found out about the Pez factory and Visitor Center in Orange, CT. Well, all signs pointed to going. We saw articles on Connecticut Day Trips and CT Out and About and had a few friends who talked about the factory and knew that it was destiny…a very sugary sweet destiny.
The trip didn’t take too long from Stamford, just about 40 minutes. When you arrive at the factory, you see a huge Pez sign and on the side three giant Pez ammunition packs. At the entrance you see tons of Pez dispensers behind glass and floating above you is the Pez bike built by Orange County Choppers. Adults pay $5, seniors pay $4, kids 3-12 pay $4, and children under 3 are free. Good news, though: keep the receipt and you’ll get $2 back with any purchase.
Follow along the walls and find how Pez has grown from a treat that was supposed to stop people from smoking in 1927 to a sugary sweet that people of all ages can’t get enough of. There’s lots to learn along the way and lots to see. You’ll have even more to see, though, if you check out the Visitor Center during weekdays. Yes, you can actually see Pez being created in the factory. Sweet!
When you’re done exploring and checking out the amazing collection of Pez dispensers, check out what’s for sale. You’ll find lots of fun and collectible dispensers for sale. Most of them are $1.99, so you can stock up and not go broke. Some of the fun collector sets are Lord of the Rings, Muppets, Marvel, Hello Kitty, and even Disney. My favorite part? The HUGE mix your own bucket of Pez station with 14 flavors. Yes, choose from Lemon, Strawberry, Orange, Sour Apple, Sour Blue Raspberry, Sour Watermelon, Sour Pineapple, Grape, Chocolate, Cola, and more and put them into a Pez pail for just $4.99. You get to keep the pail and will have tons of Pez to add into your new dispensers.
Our swag from the visit?
A surprise Hello Kitty lunch pail dispenser collection for my sister and a Batman dispenser for my best man, Paul.
Yoda, Animal, and Kermit for me.
Animal for Kristien…you can tell who the true Pez fiend is, huh?