Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Monday, May 26, 2008

Pez Pusher: She Strikes Again

It happened around this time last year and she's back. This time with something even worse, Pez. Nobody can stop her. Her sisters tried to warn me but it was of no use. Once he had the dispenser in hand I couldn't wrench it away from him. He put four candies inside his dispenser and I promptly removed the rest.

An informant told me that he was caressing the dispenser as he examined the goods within. I watched him from afar and when he caught me glancing his way, he quickly hid the booty, slyly pretending to be doing something else. When he knew I was on to him, he ran off giggling.

Later on he asked, "Why do those candies look like medicine? Why don't you eat some too?" It hadn't occurred to me but they do look an awful lot like medication of some kind. Certainly another strike against them.

p.s. I had a thing for Pez dispensers as a child. I also probably had a thing for Pez. The package says "natural flavors." I must investigate


Anonymous said...

That's hysterical. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

hmmmm, very suspicious indeed!

Anonymous said...

Serving Size: x

Nutrition Facts
Calories 35(Kilojoules 146)
% DV**
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Sat. Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol - 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Total Carbs. 9 g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 9 g
Protein 0 g
Note: A dash indicates no data is available.

It could be worse.....

Anonymous said...

Very funny: I love the notion of the gift of candy as "pushing."

Oh, how I loved Pez as a kid! Just bought two for my kids: not healthy, of course, but a fun surprise to while away the hours of a transcontinental flight...

Izzy's Mama said...

Anonymous: My pleasure!

Anonymous 2: I should say so!

Anonymous 3: Thanks for the Pez info but what are the ingredients?

Anonymous 4:I was a big fan of Pez myself. In general I would rather that Izzy not develop a taste for such things. That being said, Pez might be a lesser evil in the candy department. And no doubt they would be quite entertaining on a plane flight..hmmmm now that he has already been exposed I might just use that trick!

Anonymous said...


This site will help you though many pez questions including the ingredients list. The list, as referenced is:
sugar, corn syrup, adipic acid, hydrogenated palm kernel & palm oils & soybean oil mono & diglycerides, natural and artificial flavors, artificial colors (including FD&C red3, yellow5, yellow6, blue2 � depending on flavor).

You may be interested to know (again, go to the site) that there used to be a vitamin enriched Pez called "IZO" and Kosher Pez is rare but available too.


I think we've spent enough time on Pez but again, I appreciate the story and the distraction!

Izzy's Mama said...

Anonymous: Give yourself a name! Thanks for doing the research. The ingredients are worse than I would have imagined. Funny but the package says "Natural Flavor." Now I need to find out what is in cotton candy mix!