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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.

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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.

Food For Thought Block Party

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Magic Shows & Face Painting at Hoffman’s

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate family fun by featuring magic shows and face painting at its stores in Greenacres on Saturday, August 5, and Palm Beach Gardens on Sunday, August 6.  Master Magician Gary from Midnight Magic Entertainment will perform two 45-minute magic shows at each location (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.). Guests can also have their faces painted with creative designs and glitter by the face painters that will be onsite throughout the event.

 

WHEN & WHERE:

August 5, 2017:

Hoffman’s Chocolates – Greenacres: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

5190 Lake Worth Road Greenacres, FL 33463

Magic Shows: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (45 minutes each)

Face painting: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

August 6, 2017

Hoffman’s Chocolates – Palm Beach Gardens:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

10957 North Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Magic Shows: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (45 minutes each)

Face Painting: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

 

The event is free and open to the public and will be held indoors at both stores.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Ice Cream Tacos

On May 5th and May 6th, Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by offering special Ice Cream Tacos at its Plantation location in the Fountains Shopping Center. The Ice Cream Tacos are served in a waffle cone shell filled with two heaping scoops of ice cream and are topped off with the guests’ choice of unlimited toppings ($6.95).

Hoffman’s Chocolates has also joined forces with LIME Fresh Mexican Grill Cinco de Mayo celebrations being held on Friday, May 5th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 6th from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. At the event, Hoffman’s Chocolates will have a tent outside its store filled with activities like giant jenga and cornhole.  Plus, the Hoffman’s Chocolate Wheel will also be there and can be spun to redeem prizes. Captain Hoffman might even make an appearance!

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Food For Thought Block Party To Benefit The Jason Taylor Foundation

HOFFMAN’S CHOCOLATES, LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL AND THE FOUNTAINS PRESENT THE “#LTABFLA FOOD FOR THOUGHT” BLOCK PARTY TO BENEFIT THE JASON TAYLOR FOUNDATION, SUNDAY APRIL 2nd

 

WHAT:  The Louder Than A Bomb Florida (#LTABFLA) Food For Thought Block Party Presented by Hoffman’s Chocolates, LIME Fresh Mexican Grill and The Fountains.

 

  • The Food for Thought Block Party, an afternoon of live entertainment will include the Jason Taylor Foundation’s Louder than a Bomb Florida (LTABFLA) “Coaches Slam” poetry competition and will take place in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill at The Fountains Shopping Center in Plantation, Florida.
  • The “Coaches Slam” is a poetry competition among middle and high school teachers from South Florida.
  • The Block Party, will also showcase performances by up-and-coming artists, a live band and DJ, poetry from top South Florida high school students, dance performances, and interactive games for the entire family.
  • The event is a part of LTABFLA’s 13-day festival, which takes place from March 27 – April 8 and features poetry bouts, workshops and exhibits that ultimately crowns Florida’s top youth poetry team.
  • Throughout the entire month of April, Hoffman’s Chocolates will donate a portion of its Gourmet Caramel Apple sales to the Jason Taylor Foundation to support the young poets of the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network. LIME Fresh Mexican Grill will also make a monetary donation.
  • A silent auction will also be held to benefit the Jason Taylor Foundation.
  • LTABFLA (Louder than a Bomb Florida) is a Jason Taylor Foundation arts and education project that is part of the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network and features a friendly spoken-word competition between school-based poetry teams across the state.
  • 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.

 

WHEN: Sunday, April 2nd 12 noon – 4 pm

 

WHERE: The Fountains (in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill)

801 S University Drive, Plantation, FL 33324

 

DETAILS: The Food For Thought Block Party is free and open to the public.

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Meet the Easter Bunny at The Fountains in Plantation

Donate a Prom Dress at the Event to Benefit Becca’s Closet and Receive a FREE Taco from LIME and Scoop of Ice Cream from Hoffman’s Chocolates

 

WHAT: Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill, located at The Fountains in Plantation, team up to host an Easter-themed celebration.

 

  • The fun-filled day of family-friendly activities will take place in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill at The Fountains shopping center in Plantation.
  • Kids will have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny, and then the first 500 children will receive an Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.
  • The eggs, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, will be filled with goodies and a voucher to redeem a plush toy from Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME will also be collecting prom dresses in support of Becca’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes dresses to high school girls with financial need. Anyone who donates a new or gently-used prom dress will receive a voucher from LIME to redeem a free taco and a voucher from Hoffman’s Chocolates to redeem a free scoop of ice cream.
  • Hoffman’s Chocolates will be stocked with Easter favorites such as scrumptious Dipped & Decorated Chocolate-Covered Oreos, Chocolate Easter Bunnies (available in different sizes), Gourmet Caramel Apples, foiled chocolate Easter eggs and other holiday treats.
  • Before filling up on sweets, guests can stop at LIME to enjoy flavorful items like tacos, burritos, bowls and more.

 

WHEN: Saturday, April 1st 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Fountains (in front of Hoffman’s Chocolates and LIME Fresh Mexican Grill) 801 S University Drive, Plantation, FL 33324

DETAILS: The event is free and open to the public.