Baci means kiss in Italian. A kiss makes me very happy.
Baci is also the name of an iconic Italian chocolate and it is the Italian version of an edible kiss.
One of my favorite chocolates is Perugina’s Baci chocolate. It is a dark chocolate covered truffle of chocolate hazelnut paste, chopped hazelnut, and a whole hazelnut on the top middle. It is very craveable with it’s rich creamy yet nutty texture.
Along with every chocolate you will find a “Fortune Love Note” written in different languages like English, Italian, French, Greek and more . The note is typically a proverb, a quote or a random thought. The Baci chocolate is Italy’s answer to a Fortune Cookie.
Today Baci is accessible worldwide but, when I was a kid growing up in the Philippines Baci chocolates were a rarity. The only way you could get the tasty bite was if you were going to Europe or if you had family visiting from overseas.
My clearest Baci food memory was when a visiting friend from Austria came with a box of Baci. My sister and I were brought up to share, but we fought, pulled hair and battled for the chocolate. Once we struck our claim we hoarded the little bites of joy.
My husband Michael has a Baci love story. When his parents first met in Assisi, Italy they had one Baci chocolate each. They opened the chocolate and read their love note fortune. Coincidentally they had the same exact note and now they have been married for over 35 years! (I asked them what the fortune was, but they could not remember it!)
Happiness is being able to enjoy the simple things in life like a yummy piece of chocolate. I hope you have a great day today!