Introducing our new Sweet Ride food truck

Hoffman’s Chocolates is excited to celebrate the launch of Hoffman’s Chocolates Sweet Ride, its new mobile truck serving gourmet chocolate, ice cream, caramel apples, and an assortment of other confections.  The gourmet chocolatier’s new mobile extension strives to “Make Life Sweeter” for people as they “Celebrate the Everyday” with Hoffman’s Chocolates, wherever they are!

Hoffman’s Chocolates Sweet Ride will be run by Sweet Ride Manager, Grant Belgrave.  Patrons can indulge in an assortment of chocolate and confections, such as Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bites, S’mores, Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers, along with fan favorites – Coconut Cashew Crunch and Gourmet Caramel Apples.  In addition, people can order from a vast selection of ice cream flavors, toppings and milkshakes.

“We are thrilled to introduce the Sweet Ride to South Florida,” said Lois Marino, Director of Marketing for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “Hoffman’s Chocolates wants to make life sweeter for our community and now we have the opportunity to bring our treats to patrons on the road, whether it be a surprise stop on the street or at an event.”

Not only do customers have the opportunity to order delicious Hoffman’s Chocolates treats from the Sweet Ride food truck, but they can also enjoy an interactive photo opportunity. Customers are encouraged to take their photo in front of the food truck, upload their photo to Facebook and tag @HoffmansSweetRide for the chance to have their sweet snapshot appear on the digital photo screen on display on the side of the truck.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Sweet Ride is available to book for your events and special occasions like Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday parties, etc.   The Sweet Ride is available for South Florida events in Palm Beach County, Broward County and beyond. The next event the food truck will make an appearance at is on August 5th at 8 p.m. in Boca Raton at the screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Mizner Park. In the future, the Sweet Ride will be available for private events.

For more information on how to book the Sweet Ride for your special occasion or to find a Hoffman’s Chocolates location near you, please visit Hoffmans.com.

Donate a new backpack and get a FREE factory tour

All Backpacks Collected Between July 25 – August 15 will be Donated to Elementary School Students in Palm Beach and Broward Counties

GREENACRES, Fla. (July 25, 2016) – As part of its ongoing support of the community, Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it will celebrate the start of the 2016/2017 school year by holding a Backpack Donation Drive to benefit Palm Beach and Broward County elementary school students. As part of the Backpack Drive, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be will be giving away FREE Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory Tours to anyone who donates a new school backpack from July 25 – August 15 at participating locations which include the chocolatier’s stores in Greenacres, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Plantation and Weston. The FREE Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory Tours will take place on Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. “We are pleased to be collecting backpacks for the children of Palm Beach and Broward County,” said Lois Marino, Director of Marketing for Hoffman’s Chocolates. “For over 40 years, Hoffman’s Chocolates has been supporting our community and we are proud to carry on the tradition by creating a back-to-school drive.” Hoffman’s Chocolates will donate all of the collected backpacks to elementary school students in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Each backpack donor will receive 2 vouchers that can be redeemed for FREE Chocolate Factory Tours at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens, located at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres. During each sweet 15-minute tour, participants will receive a firsthand look at how Hoffman’s scrumptious gourmet chocolates and confections are melted, molded, carved, and wrapped. In addition to the tours, Hoffman’s Chocolates will also feature samplings of its gourmet chocolates and confections.

Reservations are required for the Chocolate Factory Tours and will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis, as space is limited during each time slot. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the tour.

Anyone who would like to donate new backpacks may drop them off at the following Hoffman’s Chocolates locations (please click here for hours of operation):

  • Greenacres: 5190 Lake Worth Road
  • Lake Worth: 705 Lake Avenue
  • Palm Beach Gardens: 10957 North Military Trail
  • Fort Lauderdale: 920 East Las Olas Boulevard
  • Hollywood: 341 Sheridan Street
  • Plantation: The Fountains – 801 South University Drive
  • Weston: Weston Town Center – 1727 Main Street

Buy One Ice Cream Cone or Cup, Get One FREE on Sunday, July 17th

In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it will be offering a special Buy One Ice Cream Cup or Cone, Get One Ice Cream Cup or Cone FREE (of equal or lesser value) promotion on Sunday, July 17th. The special BOGO promotion will be available at all of Hoffman’s Chocolates locations in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, except for its store in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Hoffman’s Chocolates offers a wide array of tasty ice cream flavors that will satisfy any craving. The variety of flavors differs at each store, but all locations have the classics such as Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Mint. Other flavors that can be found at select stores include Hoff Tracks, Stellar Coffee, Orange Dreamsicle, Banana Cream Pie and Toasted Coconut.

National Ice Cream Month was created in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to celebrate the popularity of ice cream among Americans. Today, National Ice Cream Month takes place every July and National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month. Celebrate an American tradition and indulge in this sweet refreshing treat from Hoffman’s Chocolates!

Hoffman’s Chocolates also recently announced the launch of its new “Stay Cool & Celebrate Summer” promotion featuring its scrumptious NEW limited edition ice cream sundaes and milkshakes. Through July 31st, Hoffman’s will be donating ten percent of all ice cream sundae and milkshake sales to United Way of Broward County’s ReadingPals Program and United Way of Palm Beach County’s, partner, Literacy Coalition. In addition, all guests are invited to visit any Hoffman’s Chocolates location to share how they “Stay Cool & Celebrate” by taking photos of themselves enjoying any Hoffman’s Chocolates treat and sharing via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CelebrateWithHoffmans. One photo will be selected randomly, and the winner will receive FREE chocolate for a year! Milkshakes and sundaes are not part of the July 17th BOGO promotion.

The eight Hoffman’s Chocolates stores participating in the BOGO promotion are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Lake Worth, Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, The Fountains in Plantation, Hollywood and the Weston Town Center in Weston. Hoffman’s Chocolates also recently opened a store in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Love Wins cookies raise money for OneOrlando Fund

Hoffman’s Chocolates is proud to announce that it will be supporting the Orlando, Florida community by donating a portion of sales of its special edition Love Wins Oreos® Box of 3 to the OneOrlando Fund. The South Florida chocolatier has created these special cookies, designed with a Love Wins logo, a rainbow heart and rainbow sprinkles, to signify its support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club tragedy, their families and the LGBTQ community. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recently announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund (#OrlandoUnited), to help provide financial support to the victims of the tragedy and their families.

Hoffman’s Chocolates Love Wins Oreos® Box of 3 costs $6.50 per pack and Hoffman’s will donate $1.00 of each pack sold to the OneOrlando Fund. The Love Wins Oreos® will be available at Hoffman’s Chocolates nine retail locations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and online at Hoffmans.com beginning the week of June 27th.

Lois Marino, Director of Marketing for Hoffman’s Chocolates, stated: “We mourn the loss of the victims of this horrific tragedy. Our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost loved ones in Orlando.”

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“Stay Cool & Celebrate Summer” Ice Cream Sundae & Milkshake Promotion

Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce the launch of its new “Stay Cool & Celebrate Summer” promotion featuring its scrumptious NEW limited edition ice cream sundaes and milkshakes. The promotion, which will run now through Sunday, July 31st, will benefit United Way of Broward County’s ReadingPals Program and United Way of Palm Beach County’s partner — the Literacy Coalition. Hoffman’s Chocolates fans will also have a chance to win FREE chocolate for a year.

Highlighting the promotion are Hoffman’s Chocolates new ice cream sundae and milkshake flavors, all created with Hoffman’s gourmet chocolates, as listed below:

Ice Cream Sundaes:

A nutty twist on a traditional banana split, the Choco Nana Peanut Butter Pie is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth — one scoop each of Banana Cream Pie and Captain Chocolate ice creams covered in Caramel Sauce, Hoffman’s Hot Fudge, Hoffman’s Peanut Butter Delight and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow confections, topped with whipped cream and crushed peanuts.

Dig in for a chocolate surprise with Captain Hoffman’s Buried Treasure – one scoop each of Vanilla Bean and Captain’s Chocolate ice creams, placed on top of two Hoffman’s Milk Chocolate Meltaways, smothered in Hoffman’s Hot Fudge; and topped with whipped cream and chopped pecan pralines.

Java lovers will be in for a sweet jolt with the Salted Coffee Chaos – one scoop each of Stella Coffee and Vanilla Bean ice creams drenched in Hoffman’s Hot Fudge and topped with Hoffman’s chopped Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel, Hoffman’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Crunch, whipped cream and half of a Hoffman’s famous Dark Chocolate Pretzel.

Beat the heat and try a cool, minty treat with the Mint to Be Mine – two scoops of Mint Chip ice cream topped with Hoffman’s chopped Dark Chocolate Nonpareils, Hoffman’s Hot Fudge Drizzle, whipped cream and a Hoffman’s Mint Meltaway.

Milkshakes:

Float away to the tropics as you sip the luscious Coconut Getaway – Toasted Coconut and Captain’s Chocolate ice creams blended with milk and Hoffman’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Haystacks, and topped with whipped cream and a crushed Hoffman’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Haystack.

Soak up the citrus with the Sun Kissed Sicle – Dreamsicle ice cream blended with milk, a Hoffman’s Tangerine Creme and Hoffman’s Dark Chocolate Bark and topped with whipped cream and shaved Dark Chocolate Bark.

Shake it up with the sensational Banana Hoffsters — Banana Cream Pie and Dolce de Leche Cheesecake ice creams blended with milk, Hoffman’s Dark Swiss Chocolate Rum Truffle, Caramel Sauce, Apple Pie Mix and Pecan Pralines, topped with whipped cream, Caramel Drizzle and Apple Pie Mix.

These exciting new treats, which were all created using Hoffman’s gourmet chocolates and confections, were chosen through a friendly internal competition among Hoffman’s Chocolates employees. On May 18th, managers and employees from Hoffman’s Chocolates’ nine Broward and Palm Beach County locations presented original ice cream sundae and milkshake creations to a panel of celebrity judges which included Paul Castronova, South Florida’s most famous radio personality hosting the Paul and Young Ron Show every morning on Big 105.9 and President of Castronovo Vineyards; Jarett Levan, CEO of BBX Capital, parent company of Hoffman’s Chocolates; Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County; Laurie George, CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County; and Allen Susser, Renowned Chef and Owner of Chef Allen’s Consulting. After tasting all of the mouthwatering treats, the panel chose the sundaes and milkshakes that will be featured in the summer promotion.

“We are so excited to introduce Hoffman’s Chocolates’ ‘Stay Cool & Celebrate Summer’ promotion and share it with our community,” commented Lois Marino, Director of Marketing at Hoffman’s Chocolates. “Our team worked hard and had a great time creating amazing ice cream sundaes and milkshakes that I’m sure everyone will love. We were also so privileged to have had a wonderful team of judges help us make this promotion possible.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to celebrate and make life sweeter for children and families in the community, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be donating  ten percent of all ice cream sundae and milkshake sales during the promotion to United Way of Broward County’s ReadingPals Program and United Way of Palm Beach County’s, partner, Literacy Coalition. In addition, all guests are invited to visit any Hoffman’s Chocolates location to share how they “Stay Cool & Celebrate” by taking photos of themselves enjoying any Hoffman’s Chocolates treat and sharing via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CelebrateWithHoffmans. One photo will be selected randomly, and the winner will receive FREE chocolate for a year!

“We are so thrilled to partner with United Way of Broward County and United Way of Palm Beach County to help support literacy programs that are so important to our community,” added Marino.

 

New store at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opens

Now sweet-toothed travelers can get their fix.

Hoffman’s Chocolates has opened at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The store is in Terminal 4 just after security clearance and offers more than 70 types of pre-packaged chocolates and confectionary items.

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Hoffman’s Celebrates with the Broward Center

Today the Broward Center for the Performing Arts celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Student Enrichment through the Arts (SEAS) program and 3 million students. Hoffman’s Chocolates Marketing Director, Lois Marino, presented Kelly Shanley, CEO of the Broward Center, with an amazing gift basket and a Chocolate Basketball Basket to the 3 millionth student, Eric Mehmi from Croissant Park Elementary.

Hoffman’s Chocolates loves to celebrate with organizations who support our community through wonderful programs like this. Click here for more information on the SEAS program.

Jason Taylor joins us to celebrate National Poetry Month

We were honored to have Miami Dolphins legend Jason Taylor join us in celebrating National Poetry Month at our store in Weston. We presented him with a check for the Jason Taylor Foundation, and were entertained by the poets from the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network.

Remember to stop in to any Hoffman’s Chocolates location and purchase our amazing gourmet caramel apples as we will be donating 10% of all apple sales to the foundation.

Hoffman’s Chocolates is CELEBRATING National Poetry Month with the Jason Taylor Foundation

Hoffman’s Chocolates to Donate 10% of All Gourmet Caramel Apple Sales to Jason Taylor Foundation during month of April

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 31, 2016)Hoffman’s Chocolates, a subsidiary of BBX Capital (NYSE: BBX), is pleased to announce that it will be celebrating National Poetry Month in April by teaming up with the Jason Taylor Foundation to support the young poets of the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network. Through the partnership, Hoffman’s Chocolates will donate 10% of all of its Gourmet Caramel Apple sales during the month of April to the Jason Taylor Foundation. The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network is an after-school spoken word poetry program serving students in South Florida Public Schools through the Jason Taylor Foundation.

Hoffman’s Chocolates recently introduced its decadent new line of Gourmet Caramel Apples to its vast selection of chocolates and confections. The Gourmet Caramel Apples are available in the chocolatier’s eight retail locations in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. In addition, a Hoffman’s Signature Blue Caramel Apple will be on display in each store to symbolize the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network and to help raise awareness of National Poetry Month.

The Jason Taylor Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. In addition to setting up the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, the Jason Taylor Foundation has also created the “Louder than A Bomb Florida” competition. Dubbed the “Super Bowl of Poetry,” Louder than a Bomb Florida features a friendly spoken-word competition between school-based poetry teams representing local high schools from Broward County, Miami-Dade and beyond.

“We are very excited to partner with the Jason Taylor Foundation and celebrate National Poetry Month,” said Jarett Levan, CEO of BBX Capital and Hoffman’s Chocolates. “We are pleased to be part of this program and believe in the importance poetry has in the growth and development of children.”

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Hoffman’s Chocolates and appreciate their continued support of the Jason’s Taylor Foundation,” said Jason Taylor.  “Hoffman Chocolates Signature Blue Apple is a fun and delicious way to symbolize the blueapple Poetry network and to get the community excited about National Poetry Month.”

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. According to poets.org, it is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers and poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

In addition, the BBX Capital Foundation is making a monetary donation to the Jason Taylor Foundation in support of the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network.

Chocolate bunnies top confection as Easter sales to set record

With Easter-related spending expected to reach a record high this year, the candy crew at Hoffman’s Chocolates has spent the past month making sure they have enough chocolate bunnies and creme-filled eggs to fill baskets across South Florida this weekend.

Chocolatiers at the 40-year-old brand have made more than 15,000 candy bunnies, ranging from 2.5 ounces up to 25 pounds, said Lois Marino, Hoffman’s Director of Marketing. The company also expects to sell more than 6,000 chocolate eggs filled with a variety of favors. Each of the eggs weighs a quarter of a pound, Marino said.

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