This Is The World's Largest PEZ Dispenser

Go big or go home. That's the motto, right? There's something undeniably satisfying about seeing something that's usually small suddenly presented in an extra-large fashion. In today's modern world, you can find everything from 1-pound Reese's, 5-pound burgers, and a nearly 18,000-liter cup of soda. It seems the goal is always to be the greatest, the biggest, or the most sensational — if not, pack your bags and head back to where you came from.

OK, so not really. But with organizations like the Guinness World Records, there is always the underlying — if not well-intentioned — competition to be the largest, longest, heaviest something. And if you're a PEZ aficionado, the obvious way into the challenge is to own the largest PEZ dispenser.

However, before you jump headfirst into the competition, you should probably know what you're up against. The world's largest PEZ dispenser is big — like, really big. So big, in fact, that it weighs about the same amount as a middle school kid. Whether you're looking to top the record, or just curious how large a PEZ dispenser can actually be, read on to learn about the world's largest PEZ dispenser.

The Guinness World Record for largest PEZ dispenser was awarded to a museum

Nestled along the San Francisco Bay sits Burlingame, California. According to the local government's website, it is a suburban area with about 28,000 residents, but it just so happens to be the home of the world's largest PEZ dispenser.

Located at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia, the world's largest PEZ dispenser is 94 inches tall, weighs 85 pounds, and holds 6,480 PEZ candies. According to a Wired article, the museum now uses the dispenser to dish out "smaller souvenir PEZ dispensers, complete with a certificate of authenticity ('I hereby declare that this is real plastic')."

The dispenser is shaped like a giant snowman and is likely taller than any person who stands next to it — unless you're nearly 8 feet tall. Owned and operated by Gary and Nancy Doss, the museum also featured every PEZ dispenser ever sold — over 550 — per Atlas Obscura. Unfortunately, the museum is now permanently closed to visitors, but despite the physical closure, nobody has yet to break their PEZ record.