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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.

New Holiday Signature Collections and Collectable Tin Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday Specials

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to make you aware of Hoffman’s Chocolates seasonal product line that they are introducing this year – Come Together.  The holiday products are outlined below:

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates Come Together

Hoffman’s Chocolates Come Together collection, with its festively plaid and polka-dotted holiday themed packaging, relays a spirted and warm message about community coming together during this special time of the year. The perfect gifts for family, friends and colleagues alike, the Come Together collection includes the Double Pretzel Gift Box, a Brittle & Bites Box, Gourmet Oreo Box, and other holiday assortments. Hoffman’s Chocolates will offer these special limited-edition gift boxes during the holidays and are available at all eight of their locations.

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates Come Together Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal

Additionally, Hoffman’s Chocolates has created a Come Together Signature Collection that they are offering for Black Friday (November 23, 2018).   This special Black Friday offer includes one pound of Hoffman’s Chocolates famous Coconut Cashew Crunch, 12 delicious Milk Chocolate Covered Oreos and 6 oz. each of the gourmet Milk and Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bites in the festive Come Together packaging. The cost for this deal, only available in stores on Black Friday, is $39.95 per box (regularly $59.95 per box). The same deal will be available online only at Hoffmans.com on Cyber Monday (November 26).

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland Bark Tin

Hoffman’s Chocolates is also launching its very special themed collectable Winter Wonderland Bark tin celebrating the chocolatier’s 28th Annual Winter Wonderland that will take place in the Gardens at its Factory Store in Greenacres, Florida on November 17 through December 30. The commemorative tin, which features a beautiful photo of Winter Wonderland’s spectacular holiday lights display, is filled one and a half pounds of Hoffman’s Chocolate’s mouthwatering Peppermint Bark ($29.95).

 

As part of its on-going support of the community, Hoffman’s Chocolates will donate $2.00 from the sale of each Winter Wonderland Bark Tin to the non-profit organization, Little Smiles. Little Smiles, based in Palm Beach Gardens, helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. Little Smiles believes every child deserves to smile.

 

Additionally, Hoffman’s Chocolates will have its traditional assortment of holiday chocolates, gift baskets, platters, stocking stuffers, etc. available in all store and online throughout the holiday season.  These include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Holiday Oreos – Festively decorated Oreo cookies are covered in chocolate and topped with beautiful holiday icings. Available in singles ($1.50) or 6-pack ($12.50).
  • Pretzel Stack – Six of Hoffman’s Chocolates specialty chocolate-covered pretzels wrapped in a clear bag and topped with a bow. A sweet surprise for anyone’s stocking ($9.95).
  • Oreo Stack – Six chocolate-covered Oreos wrapped in a clear bag and wrapped with a bow to make a perfect stocking stuffer ($9.95).

 

As a reminder, don’t forget about the Holiday Chocolate Class & Factory Tour with Santa and Hoffman’s Chocolates 28th Annual Winter Wonderland (only available at 5190 Lake Worth Rd, Greenacres)

Join us as we lead you on a behind-the-scenes tour through our factory while our Chocolatiers are hard at work making holiday treats. This special touring event takes place starting November 26 thru December 19 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Each guest participating will receive a scoop of gourmet ice cream and an opportunity to create their very own chocolate bar and decorate it with colorful candy toppings. The tour also includes a special Santa Meet & Greet. $24.95 per person.

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates 28th Annual Winter Wonderland will have more than 125,000 LED lights, captivating holiday displays, a giant 12-foot Christmas tree, live entertainment, fountains, an Arctic zone with lighted polar bears and penguins, a Nativity scene, Christmas trees and a stunningly-decorated Hanukkah display. Winter Wonderland will be free and open to the public nightly, November 17 through December 30, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  

Florida Panthers Announce ‘Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks’ Presented by Hoffman’s Chocolates

The Florida Panthers, the City of Fort Lauderdale and Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres announced today they will partner to host ‘Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks,’ two outdoor ice skating rinks in South Florida during the holiday season.

 

The Panthers and Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres have collaborated once again to create a 60×40 foot outdoor skating rink along side of Hoffman’s Chocolates Winter Wonderland holiday display.

 

“We’re thrilled to present Hockey Holidays Ice Rinks for a second year in a row at Hoffman’s Chocolates in Greenacres and a third year in a row at Huizenga (Bubier) Park in Fort Lauderdale,” said Panthers rep. “We hope these outdoor rinks bring the holiday spirit to the South Florida community and everyone gets the chance to experience them.”

 

The Greenacres outdoor holiday rink will officially open on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. and the hours of operation will be: Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m and Saturday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will have an early closure on Christmas Eve (6 p.m.) and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

 

The Florida Panthers and the City of Fort Lauderdale have collaborated for the third year to create a 80×40 foot outdoor ice skating rink at Huizenga (Bubier Park) at the intersection of Las Olas and Andrews Ave located right near Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk. The Bubier Park outdoor rink will open on Sunday, Nov. 25 and go until January 7, 2018. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will have early closure on Christmas Eve (6 p.m.) and closed on Christmas Day. On Nov. 25 only, the rink will open at 10 a.m. in conjunction with Winterfest Family Fun Day.

 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the holiday season again with Florida Panthers Ice Rink at our Annual Winter Wonderland,” stated Randall Vitale, President of Hoffman’s Chocolates. “For almost 30 years, Hoffman’s Chocolates has been wowing families of South Florida with our Winter Wonderland in Palm Beach County, and we’re excited to continue to bring the magic to their smiling faces. We can’t wait to lace up our skates.”

 

The outdoor ice skating rinks will be built on site at Huizenga (Bubier Park) and Hoffman’s Chocolate Factory in Greenacres. Both rinks will be fully enclosed by a tent. The temperature in the rink will be controlled with chillers to keep the ice cool at 32 degrees and will be constantly shaved and replenished to provide the best skating experience for guests.

 

General admission tickets are $15 including skate rentals, group admission (10+ skaters) is $13, military and first responders are $10 (Valid ID required). The Panthers will also offer a Panthers ticket package at both rinks that begin at $25 for an upper level ticket voucher and $55 for a lower level ticket voucher.

For more information, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRinks. Follow along on social media @FlaPanthers on Twitter and Instagram and see all hours and events HERE.

 

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Adelyn Biedenbach (954-249-4817)

Chrissy Parente (954-224-5257)

Mike Lewis (954-240-7839)