Perguina traces its origins back to the early 20th Century, but wasn't introduced to America until the 1939 WOrld's Fair in New York. That proved to be the company's big breakthrough. The American public was introduced to Baci, the Italian word for kisses, which are hazelnut-filled chocolates. The wrapping is a love note, which added to Baci's allure. Today Perugina produces a large line of chocolates and other confections, including mints and many varieties of their Baci. Like so many successful chocolate makers, they were eventually bought by Nestle, which helped further spread the brand in America and worldwide.