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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Nestle Baci Confirmed sighting: Nestle Baci
Posted: 22:05 Tue 26-Oct-2004. Price: Not noted. Location: Tesco Southampton. Nutritional unusualness: "Wrapped in love".
"choccieman" reports: This is the first unusual Christmas product to appear that I've seen (although have since seen Terry's Chocolate Orange Sparklers). I'll assume it's Christmassy as it was in that part of the store and Valentine's is still a long way off. I'm pleased to report that Nestle hasn't found the essence of "love" (yet?) - the "wrapped in love" bit is all about little notes, a la fortune cookies, wrapped around the chocolate and containing little messages of love. Ah how sweet. Each message of love is in 4 languages so there are no doubt some opportunities for pushing the various texts through Babelfish to look for amusing machine translations. As for the product itself, I don't remember how much they cost but pretty sure they were expensive for what you get (not many in a packet). Very nice wafer/ mousse thingy below the hazelnut (if only they turned that into a product by itself), hazelnut is fine (but I've said before I'm not keen on them). I guess it could be seen as a trendy Walnut Whip (though I doubt we'll be so lucky as to find ones that miss having a nut put in them as so often happened with the latter product a while ago).

...And congrats to "choccieman" for tracking down this apparently delayed new launch, and also to his cohorts for locating the mysteriously unreported White Chocolate Mint Matchmakers in Woolies. And, in other Nestle unusualness, I thought I saw a (Hungarian?) Boci Aero in the newsagent outside Hatton Cross tube station the other day - does anyone know how they differ from the Aeros we enjoy here in the UK?


Posted: 12:43 Wed 27-Oct-2004 by "Marcello" # permalink comment
Comment: "Baci" are very popular in Italy as this chocolate was created in 1922. The wrap is sky blu with stars and Baci (meaning "kisses" in Italian) is always been very popular amongst people in love. They are quite expensive and the chocolate has always been wrapped with small messages of love (there are many collectors of these messages in Italy). You can see more at http://www.baciperugina.it under "prodotto" tag to see the product. They are lovely if you like hazelnuts, otherwise forget them.
Posted: 12:51 Wed 27-Oct-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: now I'm intrigued as to the nature of the "messages" - are they philosophical like fortune cookies, or more direct (like the reworked Love Hearts' "TXT ME" and the - more controversial - "WANNA CYBER?")
Posted: 20:00 Tue 14-Dec-2004 by "Aitch" # permalink comment
Comment: Bring back the originals - these UK ones are awful!
Posted: 09:29 Wed 15-Dec-2004 by "Steve" # permalink comment
Comment: Agree with Aitch - Uk version is terrible compared to the original. I only hope that it is an additional product rather than a replacement.
Posted: 10:54 Thu 16-Dec-2004 by "Victoria" # permalink comment
Comment: The messages are amazing! I have only seen a couple, in baci that came with coffee in a restaurant (a restaurant, I have to add, that probably likes to think of itself as fairly upmarket, so why they thought that Baci would be the perfect end to a meal, I really don't know), but as far as I can remember, they were rather along the lines of 'pull back the curtains in your heart and let the two of you be no longer put asunder', or something like that. Once we'd stopped laughing, we decided that it would be charitable to try and believe that something was lost in the translation (each message comes in about 5 or 6 languages).
Posted: 11:20 Sat 19-Feb-2005 by "Ian" # permalink comment
Comment: Trust Nestle to ruin Baci. Perugina version is a million times better.
Posted: 14:11 Tue 30-Aug-2005 by "Claire" # permalink comment
Comment: The originals are the best; the red box versions are a poor substitute. 28221 4
Posted: 22:58 Sun 02-Mar-2008 by "bacilover1986" # permalink comment
Comment: messages include: "there is no love like that of a mother for a child." romantic....?? and "on the clock of love kisses are the minutes". never read so much rubbish in my life!
Posted: 19:51 Mon 03-Mar-2008 by "Zeddy" # permalink comment
Comment: They should bring out a Ltd edition version of chocolate, peppers and turnip and call it " Wacky Baci".
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