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

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (March 28, 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.

Hoffmans.Celebration.blue.appleHoffman’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 xin 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” festival. 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 our work,” said Jason Taylor.  “Hoffman’s Chocolates Signature Blue Apple is a fun and delicious way to symbolize the bluapple Poetry Network and to get the community excited about National Poetry Month and Louder Than A Bomb Florida.”

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.

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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 in Greenacres 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 Winter Wonderland, and products such as gift baskets and chocolate covered pretzels. Other extraordinary creations include the “Snoodle” and “Pecan Caramel Jitterbugs.”

Hoffman’s Chocolates product lines includes over 70 varieties of confections (all hand made using time honored traditions of candy making). Hoffman’s Chocolates are 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 Jason Taylor Foundation

In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The 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. Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. To learn more about the Jason Taylor foundation, visit www.jasontaylorfoundation.org.

About The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network

The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network is a multifaceted, after-school spoken word poetry program available free to students actively attending Broward, Miami-Dade,  Palm Beach and St. Lucie County schools. It was created as a collaboration between the Jason Taylor Foundation and the School Board of Broward County’s Diversity, Cultural Outreach and Prevention Department, but will continue to expand into the tri-county area of South Florida and beyond. To learn more about The Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, visit www.bluapplepoetry.org.