Perfetti Van Melle is a relatively new company, but its roots extend further back. In 2001 the company formed when the Perfetti group acquired Van Melle, a confectionery from the Netherlands. The combined company ranks as the world's third-lartgest confectionery manufacturer. While the company owns many candy brands, it is most famous for two of them: Mentos and Airheads. In 1986 Airhead appeared on store shelves, and they soon disappeared. The fruity taffy candies proved a runaway hit. Since debuting, Airheads have been manufactured in an increasing number of styles and flavors. You can find sour Airheads, spicy Airheads, and Airheads lollipops. Mentos first appeared in the late 40s in the Netherlands, but became popular in the 90s whenits campy commercials, along with its slogan, "The Freshmaker," increased its presence in America. Mentos come in a huge variety of flavors beyond the original mint, including spicy and sour varieties.