Hoffman’s Chocolates is Helping to Keep KidSafe!




Partnership with KidSafe Foundation benefits

Elementary & Preschool students for completing program


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August, 2015) – Hoffman’s Chocolates is giving kids a treat through its partnership with non-profit organization KidSafe Foundation. The chocolatier is proud to be an active member of the community and is excited to provide a free ice cream cone to nearly 6,000 children who will complete the KidSafe for Kids program in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, as well as Central Florida.


The KidSafe for Kids program is an eight-week curriculum designed for children in grades PreK4 through fifth grade. Children participating in the program will learn important safety skills through fun not fear using developmentally appropriate techniques such as role play, song, art, discussion and the foundation’s two award-winning children’s books, “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” and “Jack Teaches His Friends to be KidSafe!”


“It is such a pleasure to reward our future generations for participating in this great program,” said Lois Marino, Director of Marketing with Hoffman’s Chocolates. “Hoffman’s Chocolates is proud to partner with KidSafe and looks forward to an ongoing relationship.”


Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Hoffman’s Chocolates is dedicated to the community in which they serve. With eight locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Hoffman’s Chocolates continues to use the time-honored tradition of candy making with the finest and freshest ingredients. The children who complete the KidSafe program will be able to redeem their free ice cream cone at any Hoffman’s Chocolates location.


“We’re so excited to add this special incentive to participating children,” said KidSafe Co-founder and Executive Director Sally Berenzweig. “Hoffman’s Chocolates has truly been a great organization to work with.”


KidSafe Foundation was founded in 2009 by Sally Berenzweig and Cherie Benjoseph, both of whom are child safety experts, mental health professionals, educators, authors, public speakers and moms. This non-profit organization strives to prevent child abuse through awareness and prevention education programs at schools and child care agencies across South Florida.



Hoffman’s Chocolates is a subsidiary of BBX Sweet Holdings that is part of the BBX Capital family. BBX Capital Foundation donated $2500 to KidSafe Foundation to help provide Child Sexual Abuse Prevention programming for children and adults in Broward County Title One Elementary Schools.


About Hoffman’s Chocolates

Headquartered in Greenacres, Florida, Hoffman’s Chocolates, a subsidiary of BBX Sweet Holdings, is a manufacturer of gourmet chocolates, with several retail locations throughout South Florida. The tradition of legendary chocolates began 40 years ago in a small chocolate shop in Lake Worth with a commitment to use the finest and freshest ingredients from around the world. The Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory is a popular tourist destination where guests from all over the world are greeted by the aroma of slow-simmering chocolate and caramel and watch the art of candy making first hand at its observation windows. The company is notable for its elaborate December holiday displays, including the Hoffman’s Holiday Wonderland, and products such as gift baskets and chocolate covered pretzels. Other extraordinary creations include the “Snoodle” and “Pecan Caramel Jitterbugs.”



Hoffman’s product lines includes over 70 varieties of confections all handmade using time honored traditions of candy making, plus Kosher O-U chocolates. Hoffman’s Chocolates is available via its retail store locations, thru online distribution channels and by direct shipping throughout the U.S. It has been a favorite local brand for residents throughout Florida. For more information, please visit www.Hoffmans.com. BBX Sweet Holdings is a 100% owned subsidiary of BBX Capital (NYSE:BBX).


About BBX Capital Foundation

The BBX Capital Foundation (formerly the BankAtlantic Foundation) was created in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) corporate foundation. Since then, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to charitable organizations throughout the state of Florida. The BBX Capital Foundation focuses on three key areas: the arts, education and human services. It considers requests for specific projects, as well as for general programs.




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"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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