The Pez Empire

In 1947 one of the most recognizable candy’s hit the market with an unusual target demographic. The Pez assortment character dispensers that are now seen as unique collectibles were actually made to look like cigarette lighters – with the intention to help adults curve smoking habits.

Austrian confectioner named Eduard Haas IIIĀ gave the Pez its name based off of the German word for peppermint, “Ppferrerminze”. P, E, Z, taking the first, middle, and ending letters to create PEZ. This brick-shaped candy also started in a rounded, mint shape and was called a ‘Pez Drop’ and was manufactured in small tins.

This unique mint candy quickly shifted its marketing strategy from the ‘Pez Girls’ advertisements to more of a child’s candy when American kids in the 1950s fell in love with the little candies.

In 1952 the candy set up shop in New York City and filed for its first patent on the unique dispensers we are all used to seeing. The Halloween Witch became the very first traditional character (1957) followed by Popeye being the first licensed character (1958).

From here the assortment of characters rapidly expanded. In 1984 a major update changed the Pez design forever. The addition of small tabs or ‘feet’ on the bottom of the dispensers not only helps the dispensers to sit upright but also gives the design an additional appeal.

The brand kept expanding from TV sitcom features (Seinfeld) and the first major Pez convention taking place in Mentor, Ohio in 1991.

Flash forward to the modern-day, Pez has a Connecticut-based visitor center to give Pez fanatics the full, Pez experience.

Cheers! National Marg Day- Every Day.

Hopefully you enjoyed National Margarita Day as much as I did this year! No worries if you missed it, here’s a margarita deal that will last the rest of February.

Chili’s $5 Margs, all month!

Still feeling like an alchy after National Marg Day? Don’t forget that Applebee’s still has it’s $1 drinks going strong. February is vodka strawberry lemonade.

Restaurant Week 2021

Despite our Covid-blues Kansas City Restaurant Week 2021 is still a go! This week long event will satisfy your hunger for getting out, and trying new things while staying safe during Covid-19.

January 8-17th visit the participating restaurants for discounted lunch and dinner menu options to feed your inner foodie. The special pricing for these featured spots are $15, $35 and $45 so that adventurous foodies can try these exclusive eateries for a portion of the price.

https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/restaurants

Complete, updated list of participating restaurants visit, the kc restaurant week website link here and sign up for updates. https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/restaurants

Where will you venture? Send your meal and review to @snackbreak

Happy snacking!

Watch Times Square NYE Ball Drop 2021

NYE 2021 Ball Drop Link + 2020 Wrap up.

Video is LIVE at 5pm ET, 4pm CST —– Countdown Entertainment/Times Square Alliance.

2020 has taken enough! There I said it. Thankfully, The New Years Eve ball drop in Times Square is virtual and free for all to see. I’m posting this for convivence to my followers so that YOU can enjoy this NYE tradition, even if you’ve cut the cord.

Free Mobile streaming can be found at:

TimesSquareNYC.org
NewYearsEve.nyc
TimesSquareBall.net

The changes this year has brought are vast and the challenges are far from over. Even so, something about 2021 feels fresh and hopeful.

Here are the positives we can take from 2020:

Drive in Movies (and concerts) are back! – I was so sad to see these be phased out by large box offices and streaming services but now I love to see the drive in movies packed!

Football – *sorry patriots fans* this is the first season since 1998 that the New England Patriots are not in the NFL playoffs.

Pet adoption – Looks like an increase of people were lonely this year and found a furry friend to offset this (I mean, I did) pet adoption was up

Stimulus checks – Two rounds of stimulus checks sent out across America (I hope you filed your taxes so you can qualify).

Pollution is low – I mean we were quarantined for half of the year so, I’d hope so!

Covid Vaccine – Medical improvements aren’t the only good thing to come from 2020. We are more prepared now for a pandemic and after this year, I have a feeling the world will be more up to date on the health and wellness supplies that we keep in stock in case of another crisis.

Adaptability – More people are working from home, or working remotely than ever. If you’re someone who is able to work from home please share – how’s it working in your PJs?

Gratitude – In a divided year filled with election split, and crisis management controversies there is something we all found common ground on. A mutual longing for things to be as they were, before 2020. It’s the small things we miss, and the small things that we can all be grateful for now. Individual freedoms that were taken for granted before – from going where you please, when you please to spending close time with friends and family.

NETFLIX – Oh no, of course I didn’t forget the highlight of 2020. A Netflix docuseries breaking records for number of watches on Netflix, Tiger King.

Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, I’ll talk to you next year.

-Megan.