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29th ANNUAL WINTER WONDERLAND

PRESENTED BY JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, located in Greenacres (5190 Lake Worth Road), is pleased to announce its 29TH Annual Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will open to the public beginning on Saturday, November 16. The opening night festivities will include a Food Drive benefitting Palm Beach State College Panther’s Food Pantry. Hoffman’s Chocolates is asking guests to please bring a can of food or other non-perishables that will be donated to the Food Pantry.

Hoffman’s Chocolates 29th Annual Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will have more than 120,000 dazzling LED lights, captivating holiday light displays and archways, a 12-foot LaCroix Sparkling Christmas tree, life-sized Nutcrackers, and food trucks. This year, guests can take their photos with Santa in the Santa’s Village presented by KeyStaff every night from November 29 – December 23. The gourmet chocolatier is also excited to introduce its updated Hanukkah display presented by Florida Blue which will include a 9-foot Dreidel and other festive Hanukkah décor. Visitors will also be able to once again skate outdoors on real ice at the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink located in front of Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Factory and Shoppe.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be free and open to the public nightly, November 16 through December 30, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (excludes Thanksgiving Day-11/28, Christmas Eve-12/24, and Christmas Day-12/25). *The hours of operation and cost for ice skating at the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink are listed separately below.

“We are so excited to have all our community partners involved this year to help us make this holiday tradition amazing year after year,” said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “In addition, our new and updated immersive holiday displays are sure to be more festive than ever.”

Patrons can also register in advance to participate in a Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Factory Tour and Chocolate Class presented by Greenspoon Marder which will include a special behind-the-scenes interactive tour through Hoffman’s Chocolates Chocolate Factory, a special chocolate craft and a scoop of Hoffman’s Chocolates ice cream. Space is limited and the cost is $24.95 per person.

Hoffman’s Chocolates’ festively decorated Factory and Shoppe will offer mouthwatering treats for the whole family including seasonal ice cream flavors and Hoffman’s seasonal Milkshakes. Hoffman’s Chocolates Shoppe is also the perfect destination to find the sweetest holiday gifts.  Hoffman’s gourmet chocolates, specialty gifts and gift baskets are perfect for family, friends, loved ones, teachers, stocking stuffers and corporate gifts. Hoffman’s Chocolates can also ship to anywhere in the U.S.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Attractions:

Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice RinkA 2,400-square foot outdoor real ice-skating rink, located in the front of Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, where children and adults of all ages can experience winter joy in sunny South Florida. Each ice-skating session is 60 minutes. Florida Panthers’ mascot Stanley will make periodic appearances. For more information, please visit www.FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRink.

*Ice skating tickets include skate rental: General admission tickets are $15 including skate rentals, group admission (10+ skaters) is $13, and military and first responders are $10 (Valid ID required). A portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold will go back to the Florida Panthers Foundation.

Ice skating rink hours of operation: The outdoor holiday rink will officially open on November 16 and the hours of operation will be Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be closed on all Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The rink will open through December 30, 2019.

Santa’s Village presented by KeyStaff – An expanded holiday village decorated with poinsettias and holiday cheer, where Santa will have Meet & Greets with all his guests and pose for photos. Guests are welcome to bring their own cameras. Santa will be there every night from November 29 through December 23. Mrs. Claus will join Santa during various nights throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Wreath Program presented by Florida Window & DoorAn elaborate wreath display and contest that supports local nonprofits in the South Florida community.  The gourmet chocolatier has invited 10 nonprofit organizations (total) from Palm Beach and Broward counties to decorate custom wreaths that will be displayed during Winter Wonderland.  Throughout the holiday season, Winter Wonderland guests will be able to vote for their favorite wreath.  Hoffman’s Chocolates will then donate $1,000 to the organization that receives the most votes. Hoffman’s Chocolates provided each participating nonprofit with 48-inch wreath and $250 to cover the cost of supplies needed to decorate the wreath. The winning wreath will be announced the first week in January 2020.

Participating Broward County nonprofits include: Everglades Foundation, Flamingo Gardens, Habitat for Humanity, In Jacob’s Shoes, and No More Tears

Participating Palm Beach County nonprofits include: Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Future 6 Helping Hand, KidSafe, Little Smiles, and Place of Hope

Sponsors for this year’s Winter Wonderland include: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, KeyStaff, Florida Window and Door, Nissan Greenacres, Florida Blue, LaCroix, Bluegreen Vacations, First Horizon, Greenspoon Marder, Northwestern Mutual/Linda Buccilli, Palm Beach State College, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Ultimate Software, Iberia Bank, and FPL.

Admission to Winter Wonderland is complimentary for all guests. Please visit www.hoffmans.com/WinterWonderland for additional event details and daily updates on Winter Wonderland holiday performances and happenings.

For more information about the Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink, please visit www.FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRink. Follow along on social media @FlaPanthers on Twitter and Instagram and see all hours and events on the Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks Facebook page.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital hours and store hours are as follows:

Hoffman’s Chocolates Store Hours November 16 through November 24

Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, November 24: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Holiday Store Hours Beginning Monday, November 25

Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve (Dec 24): 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve (Dec 31):  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) and Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Saturday, November 16 – Monday, December 30

The garden will be open nightly from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

*Winter Wonderland will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Florida Panthers Hockey Holidays Ice Rink

Saturday, November 16 – Sunday, December 30

Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The rink will be closed on all Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah

December 26 – The Hanukkah Menorah lighting will take place at sundown in the Community Corner of Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland.Santa Claus will be available nightly for photos on Friday, November 29 – Monday, December 23:    Mrs. Claus will join Santa during various nights throughout the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will leave promptly at 10 p.m. on December 23 to deliver presents and start their journey back to the North Pole.

OPERATION: CANDY CORN

Donate a New or Gently-Used Costume and Get a Free Ice Cream Sundae and Trick-or-Treat Bag

Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with Neighbors 4 Neighbors to support the non-profit organization’s Operation: Candy Corn initiative, a children’s Fall costume drive. The donated costumes will benefit Broward Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART) Program & Palm Beach School’s Homeless Assistance Program.  These programs work within the school system to help students and families in unstable housing situations. 

We are so thrilled to be partnering with Neighbors4Neighbors to collect costumes for less fortunate children in our community

Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement

As part of the initiative, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be collecting new and gently used children’s costumes at all of its Broward and Palm Beach County locations from September 21through October 18. Anyone who donates a costume at a Hoffman’s Chocolates store will receive a free ice cream sundae and a trick-or-treat bag with goodies. Hoffman’s Chocolates and Neighbors4Neighbors are asking that all donations be complete costumes that are in good condition, with no rips or missing pieces. All collected costumes will be donated to the Homeless Assistance Programs.

Guests can ask a Hoffman’s Chocolates team member how to be entered for a chance to enjoy a Free Chocolate Haunted House Making Class for six people at their famed Chocolate Factory in Greenacres. 

“We are so thrilled to be partnering with Neighbors4Neighbors to collect costumes for less fortunate children in our community,” said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “At Hoffman’s Chocolates we believe in giving back to the community and we love to help put smiles on young faces. Additionally, Hoffman’s Chocolates will also be hosting a Taste of Fall Sampling at all of its stores in Broward and Palm Beach County on Friday, October 18 from 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. while supplies last. During the sampling, guests will be treated to free samples of the gourmet chocolatier’s seasonal fall favorite treats including, Fall inspired milkshake shooters, popcorn, nonpareils and our special pumpkin spice truffle.

said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “At Hoffman’s Chocolates we believe in giving back to the community and we love to help put smiles on young faces. Additionally, Hoffman’s Chocolates will also be hosting a Taste of Fall Sampling at all of its stores in Broward and Palm Beach County on Friday, October 18 from 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. while supplies last. During the sampling, guests will be treated to free samples of the gourmet chocolatier’s seasonal fall favorite treats including, Fall inspired milkshake shooters, popcorn, nonpareils and our special pumpkin spice truffle.

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Donate a backpack and get a FREE sundae!

CELEBRATE BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A FREE ICE CREAM SUNDAE AT HOFFMAN’S CHOCOLATES WITH THE DONATION OF A NEW BACKPACK TO CHILDNET

Backpack Drive is being held July 29 – August 11

All backpacks will be donated to ChildNet

GREENACRES, Fla. – As part of its ongoing support of the community, Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it is celebrating the start of the 2019/2020 school year by holding a Backpack Drive, on July 29 through August 11 at all of its retail stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties, to benefit ChildNet.  ChildNet is a Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agency in both Broward and Palm Beach counties that works to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Anyone who donates a NEW school backpack at a participatingHoffman’s Chocolates retail location on July 29through Friday, August 11, will receive a Free Ice Cream Sundae. The offer is limited to one Hoffman’s Chocolates Ice Cream Sundae per donated school backpack (no drawstring bags, messenger bags or fanny packs).  All backpacks should be brought to the store registers for redemption. Participating locations include Hoffman’s Chocolates stores in Greenacres, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Weston. Please visit hoffmans.com for store locations and hours of operation.

“Ongoing support of the community is a big part of what we do throughout the year” said Lois Marino, Director of Community Engagement for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “We do this to help as many children and families in the community as we can and provide the students with the necessary tools to go back to school and set them up for success”.

“Hoffman’s Chocolates support of ChildNet with this backpack drive year after year is a tremendous effort,” said Larry Rein, CEO and President of ChildNet. “The backpack drive not only provides children the resources they need for school but also provides the confidence a child needs to start the school year off on the right foot.”

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Sweet Creations for Sweet Donations

Ice cream sundae contest

We held our annual ice cream sundae competition, Sweet Creations for Sweet Donations, at our corporate office on June 18th. Eight nonprofit organizations each partnered with a store manager to create a special ice cream sundae for the competition. A panel of five judges determined that the Children’s Harbor sundae was the winner. Taking home first-place, Children’s Harbor received a donation of $1,500 from Hoffman’s Chocolates.

Below are the complete results of the contest:

Overall

  • First Place: Weston, Natalia Smashey – Children’s Harbor, Harbor Lights Sundae
  • Second Place: Las Olas, Debbie Goldin – Covenant House, Home Sweet Home Sundae
  • Third Place: BB&T Center, Rebekah Cohen – Flight Center, Welcome Home Sundae

Category Winners by Store

Hoffman’s Chocolates donated $250 to each nonprofit organization who participated. The participating nonprofit organizations included:

A panel of five judges sampled each organization’s sundae creation at the event. The judges included:

  • Jarett Levan, President of BBX Capital
  • Gregg Snowden of South Florida Ford
  • Mack of 93.9 MIA
  • David Armstrong of Broward College
  • Eric Yutzy of WPLG Channel 10

Click here to watch the entire contest on our Facebook page.

Click here to watch the winner annoucements.

Free ice cream for MADD

Hoffman’s Sweet Ride served complimentary ice cream to the runners and walkers at the 2019 Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash. Over 350 scoops were served. What better way to start the day then with a scoop of Stellar Coffee ice cream or end the race with a refreshing Rainbow Sherbet.

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NSU Experiential Learning Partnership

This was an opportunity for BBX Capital Foundation, Hoffman’s Chocolates, and the Department of Writing and Communication in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences of Nova Southeastern University to collaborate on an experiential experience for students. With BBX Capital underwriting the curriculum and Hoffman’s donating all of the product, current NSU undergraduate Communication students created chocolate-retail product mockups over the course of an eight-week course. The class gave students the time to generate a proposed chocolate product, create visual design elements, and strategize promotional campaigns with depth and nuance. It also gave students, keen on translating their communication knowledge into practical experiences, an incredible opportunity to share their talents in the real world

Pineapple Jam at Stranahan House

Hoffman’s Chocolates Sweet Ride provided complimentary ice cream to the guests attending the Pineapple Jam at Stranahan House: A Party in Paradise for Preservation benefiting the Historic Stranahan House Museum. All proceeds support the historic preservation and education programs at the Historic Stranahan House Museum

Besides the tradition flavors; Chocolate and Vanilla, Hoffman’s provided a Hawaiian Fruit Cup and Lemon Sorbet.

Delivery now available on Uber Eats

HOFFMAN’S CHOCOLATES ANNOUNCES UBER EATS DELIVERY PARTNERSHIP

Attention all Chocoholics! Hoffman’s Chocolates is NOW AVAILABLE on UBER EATS! The gourmet chocolatier announced its partnership with the popular app to provide delivery from its Las Olas Boulevard retail store in Fort Lauderdale located at 920 E Las Olas Blvd.

Hoffman’s Chocolates delivery menu currently includes the chocolatier’s famous Double-Dipped Milk and Dark Chocolate Pretzels, Classic Milk and Dark Chocolate Assortments, Coconut Cashew Crunch and Peanut Brittle.  In addition, Hoffman’s Chocolates famous ice cream can also be delivered to your doorstep, with 4-scoops or quart options available in addition to tasty toppings choices. Please visit Uber Eats for the full delivery menu. The delivery fee is currently set at $3.99 per delivery and will serve the downtown Fort Lauderdale area. For a limited time, Hoffman’s Chocolates fans who order from the Uber Eats app will receive a special promo coupon in their delivery bag for a future purchase in-store. Plans exist to expand the delivery service to other Hoffman’s Chocolates retail stores located throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties, in the near future.

Free Ice Cream for Government Employees

Attention Government Employees! To show our appreciation for what you do in our community, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be offering a free ice cream cup or cone with one topping to all furloughed government employees (with proper government I.D.) and one guest on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Stop by any of our South Florida locations to enjoy this offer. Click here to find a Hoffman’s Chocolates near you.

Valid in-store only on Sunday, January 27th. Must show valid Federal Government ID to receive offer, ID subject to verification. Limit one (1) per customer and guest. No cash alternative.

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We’ve teamed up with Funky Buddha Brewery to mix beer & chocolate

Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce a new gourmet chocolate truffle flavor created with Funky Buddha Brewery’s No Crusts Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale– No Crusts Dark Chocolate Truffle. The namesake truffles come in a four-pack that retail for $12.95 per box. They are now available at more than 80 Publix Supermarkets in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The No Crusts Dark Chocolate Truffles will also be available at Funky Buddha Brewery located in Oakland Park and Hoffman’s Chocolates retail locations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties later this month, while supplies lasts.

“The opportunity for our two brands to align, creating such a unique chocolate and beer flavor profile, was an idea that we loved collaborating on together,” said President of Hoffman’s Chocolates Randall Vitale.  “Seeing the great response we have had, we hope to work on other Funky Buddha beer-infused confections in the near future.”

Hoffman’s Chocolates and Funky Buddha Brewery, two South Florida legendary food and beverage companies, have been collaborating on this unique peanut butter and jelly truffle flavor since the fall as part of the Brewery’s Celebrate Local Pairings program. The four-pack of No Crusts Dark Chocolate Truffles are being sold alongside Funky Buddha No Crusts Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale at select Publix locations throughout the holiday season.

“Funky Buddha and Hoffman’s have had a fantastic collaborative relationship over the years, and the No Crusts Dark Chocolate Truffle represents a continued evolution of that partnership,” says John Linn, Marketing Director for Funky Buddha Brewery. “We’re thrilled to work with such a dynamic local company that takes innovative products and flavors as seriously as we do.”

Publix Supermarkets also carries Hoffman’s Chocolates assorted chocolates, sleeves of the dark and milk pretzels, Coconut Cashew Crunch, and Peanut Brittle. Click here for a full list of Publix locations that sell the new No Crusts Dark Chocolate Truffles.