It's official: spring is here -- fortunately, the temperature is still relatively cool.
Which means Easter is just around the corner.
Whether you believe it was the resurrection of Christ or you don't even care, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate the day -- the chief of which is chocolate.
Where the whole candy and Jesus connection came from, we have absolutely no idea; however, we're most certainly not going to turn down any occasion to eat sweet treats.
To prepare for the upcoming holiday, Hoffman's Chocolate is hosting a family-friendly Easter Eggstravaganza this weekend, with tours of the factory, photos with the Easter Bunny, and a chance to win an Ultimate Easter Basket worth more than $3,000.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the legendary chocolate factory is opening its doors for Easter.
Families are invited to tour the grounds and facilities to see how the crew at Hoffman's makes their highly acclaimed chocolates and confections (and yes, samples will be handed out).
"We welcome visitors to tour our chocolate factory to take in the sights and flavors of a working chocolate factory and regularly offer tours to non-profit organizations, business groups, schools, camps, birthday parties and for other special events and requests," says Fred Meltzer, President of Hoffman's Chocolate. "Additionally, our operations are always viewable from our factory store in Greenacres during store hours. We thought it would be fun to include a tour of our Chocolate Factory as part of our Easter Eggstravaganza celebration."
The Easter Bunny will be onsite; framed photo souvenirs are available.
To amp up the excitement, the chocolatier is raffling off Florida's Ultimate Easter Basket. Valued at over $3,000, it includes and assortment of Hoffman's specialties and other surprise offerings.
"The Ultimate Easter Basket has over 115 pounds of Chocolate and Confections," says Meltzer. "Some noteworthy items include a three foot White Chocolate Bunny, multiple two foot Milk and Dark Chocolate Bunnies, carrot shaped white chocolate caramels, a nest with a chocolate duck and ducklings, and 20 solid foiled eggs, among other special treats."
The raffle opened on April 1 at all Hoffman's Chocolate store locations (Greenacres, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Downtown Lake Worth and Stuart) or online at Hoffmans.com.
The drawing will take place on Wednesday, April 16th at Hoffman's Chocolate Factory Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour, & Gardens in Greenacres.
No purchase is necessary to take part in the festivities or the raffle, and the winner need not be present during the drawing.
Hoffman's hosts several holiday events throughout the year, including an Annual Winter Wonderland. It is hoping to turn the Easter Eggstravaganza into a yearly occurrence, as well.
Hoffman's Chocolate Factory Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour, & Gardens is located at 5190 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres. Call 561-792-5753, or visit hoffmans.com.
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