Great Moments in Candy History

Austria, 1927: Candy executive Eduard Haas took a break from his struggle to invent a groundbreaking new confection to bathe his cat Fleurnbleurn. The bathwater made the ordinarily floofy cat look like a giant head on a stick, and as Haas noticed this, the cat spit out a bar of soap he had accidentally swallowed, inspiring Haas to create the classic Pez dispenser we know today.

And indeed the very first candies were soap-flavored, but they didn’t catch on.

Via Reddit.

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17 thoughts on “Great Moments in Candy History

  1. fkaWaldenPond August 19, 2016 / 1:58 pm


    • Gigi the cat lady August 19, 2016 / 2:58 pm

      I used to love Thrills when I was a kid, but I didn’t think they tasted like soap. At least not the soap we used at home.

      • Murray C. August 19, 2016 / 3:36 pm

        Not familiar with this – confection is it?

        • fkaWaldenPond August 19, 2016 / 6:48 pm

          A Canadian ‘confection’… it was ‘big’ in the 70’s and 80’s up here. The gum your big brother or sister would come home with and give under the guise of well, gum… I kinda grew to love, hate it… officially according to wiki, it is rosewater flavoured (how very old-continent and I can’t believe the gum isn’t a present day hipster hit.)

  2. debg August 19, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I want to see how floofy this cat is when dry. That’s a really skinny body!

  3. Murray C. August 19, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Wow, the original Pez dispenser – now I can rest easy.

  4. hilz August 19, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I used to use Pez as fake soap in my dollhouse 🙂

    • Faye August 19, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Great memory.

    • Murray C. August 19, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      How creative!!!😀

    • allein 🐾 August 19, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      That’s freakin’ genius!

  5. donna August 19, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Are you sure it was soap flavored? Maybe ginger! After all, it’s a ginger kitty. Jelly Belly used ginger for the “soap” flavor in the Harry Potter “all-flavor” beans!

  6. Faye August 19, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    The build up was so funny and I had an inkling of the pic and actually was a bit afraid to scroll down because it would be too funny. I started to laugh at the odd feeling of anticipation of impending cute…

    Mike delivered!! Yup, PEZ dispenser for sure.

    • Murray C. August 19, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      A wet and hairy Pez dispenser.😜

  7. Gigi the cat lady August 19, 2016 / 6:40 pm

  8. allein 🐾 August 19, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Giggling in the middle of the bookstore again. Thanks, Mike.

  9. Pamela Sinclair August 22, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Pez-zy cat!

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike August 22, 2016 / 11:21 am

      Hee hee hee! Welcome, new user, and thanks for leaving a funny first comment! I hope we’ll hear from you again soon. 😀

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