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Wednesday 13 August 2003 @ 2:45 - GMT

When is a PEZ not a PEZ? That is the question. But what is the answer? A: Elton John.

The little candy has a brother - there's an Elton John dispenser shelling them out!

PEZ, derived from the German word for peppermint, was first produced for adult smokers in Austria more than 50 years ago. The Orange, Conn.-based company says more than 3 billion PEZ candies are consumed annually in the United States alone.

The Easton museum, which lays out the dispensers by era and genre, shows how the candies have changed over the years. There are NFL PEZ and superheros, Star Wars and Charlie Brown. Elton John and Santa Claus. There is also a Where in the World is Waldo game the brothers have set up on a wall display containing more than 500 dispensers.

There is a nominal entrance fee for the museum, and the store sells hundreds of PEZ products. It is the third PEZ museum in the country, joining ones in Myrtle Beach S.C., and Burlingame, Calif., near San Francisco. None are affiliated with PEZ Candy Inc.

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