Here’s how to get a free bottle of McDonald’s Big Mac Special Sauce

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Palm Beach County residents may be able to score one of 10,000 limited edition bottles of McDonald’s Big Mac Special Sauce by visiting the chain’s restaurant on Northlake Boulevard on Thursday.

The giveaway — part of a national promotion announced by McDonald’s this week — begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the McDonald’s at 3805 Northlake Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens. The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant is one of 9 McDonald’s locations in the state participating in the giveaway.

Customers must say the special code phrase —  “There’s a Big Mac for That” — in order to get one of the free bottles.

Quantities are very limited.

The giveaway is part of a national promotion. Information on how to get a bottle in other parts of the country can be found here.

For customers who aren’t in a location convenient to the designated restaurant, there will also be a chance to win a bottle by following McDonald’s on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. McDonald’s will be hosting a live giveaway across each of these channels on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The national giveaway comes after McDonald’s last year revealed its newest creations —  larger and smaller versions of the Big Mac.

The Mac Jr. and Grand Mac burgers will be available through March 20 while supplies last.

McDonald’s to give away bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce

McDonald’s is giving away 10,000 limited edition bottles of its Big Mac Special Sauce, the company announced Tuesday.

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Bottles of the sauce will be available on Thursday (Jan. 26) at participating restaurants nationwide and on McDonald’s social channels. Quantities will vary per location.

The company said it will release additional information on Wednesday detailing how and where customers can get their hands on a bottle.

 

Here’s how to get FREE Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for a year

Dunkin Donuts will celebrate the opening of its new Loxahatchee location on Jan. 21, and the first 100 guests in line at 11 a.m. will get FREE coffee for a year. image1

The first guests in line will also get to meet former Miami Dolphins players Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Mercury Morris.

A flyer announcing the event notes that “certain restrictions apply” when it comes to the coffee giveaway, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The restaurant is located at 15689 Southern Blvd in Loxahatchee Groves.

In addition to the giveaway, there will also be face painting,  balloon art and samples of Dunkin’ menu items.

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates saw record attendance at annual holiday light display

A record-breaking 64,000 people visited the annual holiday light display at Hoffman’s Chocolates last month, the company announced Tuesday.

Hoffman's annual display. (photo provided)
Hoffman’s annual display. (photo provided)

The 26th Annual Winter Wonderland ran through Dec. 30 at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe, Ice Cream Parlour and Gardens at 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres.

RELATED: Police on lookout for Grinch who stole Hoffman’s Christmas display 

The company said the display featured more than 100,000 LED lights.

Credit: Hoffman's Chocolates
Credit: Hoffman’s Chocolates

“We are thrilled that more people than ever celebrated the holidays with us at Hoffman’s Chocolates,” stated Randall Vitale, Regional Vice President of Hoffman’s Chocolates.  “We are pleased to present Winter Wonderland as a way to give back to the community and we look forward to this event every year.”

Hoffman’s said it will also be donating $1,250 to ARC Broward for being the non-profit organization that received the most number of votes in the gourmet chocolatier’s Inaugural Circle of Celebration Holiday Wreath Display and Contest.  Hoffman’s Chocolates invited 10 Palm Beach and Broward County non-profit organizations to decorate custom wreaths that were on display at the Winter Wonderland.  Throughout the holiday season, guests voted for their favorite wreath.

RELATED: Not so sweet news: Lake Worth’s Hoffman’s Chocolates closing 

Hoffman’s Chocolates will also be donating $250 to each of the other nine non-profit organizations that participated which included Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Quantum House, The Center for Creative Education, Palm Beach Zoo, Florence Fuller Development Center, United Way of Broward County, SOS Children’s Village, Women in Distress of Broward County and Deliver the Dream.

The Fresh Market plans giveaways, freebies for new store opening

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The Fresh Market will open its newest Palm Beach County location next week, and the grocery chain is planning a series of giveaways and freebies to mark the occasion.

On Jan. 11, the specialty grocer will open its store at 5540 North Military Trail in Boca Raton. The grand opening festivities start at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and continue through Jan. 22.

The store marks the company’s third in Boca Raton and the 43rd in the state.

Grand opening promotions include:

Wednesday, Jan. 11

·         FREE meal for four from The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal program for the first 50 guests

·         FREE reusable shopping bags and sample size coffee for the first 1,000 guests

·         Chef demonstrations featuring crab cakes and Mama Mancini’s meatballs

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from Stonewall Kitchen and Good Health Snacks

Thursday, January 12 – Friday, January 13

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department

Saturday, January 14

·         FREE 9-inch old fashioned apple pie for the first 100 guests

·         Celebratory mini cupcake sampling

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department, The Fresh Market’s Roasted Chicken Salad and Pear Broccoli Salad from the deli department

·         Live music featuring Rhythm Trail Steel Drum Band

Sunday, January 15

·         Chef demonstrations featuring crab cakes and Frontera White Bean Turkey Chili

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from Gelato Petrini, Parmigiano Reggiano and Cajun Krab Dip

Friday, January 20

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store, including favorites from the bakery department, Suja Life and Super Crab Dip

Saturday, January 21

·         Grilling demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s gourmet beef burgers and a variety of sausages

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Live music featuring Rhythm Trail Steel Drum Band

Sunday, January 22

·         Chef demonstrations featuring The Fresh Market’s signature Little Big Meal

·         Food sampling throughout the store including favorites from the bakery department

These new eateries, businesses are coming to West Palm Beach

Two new restaurants and two new businesses are set to open early next year at Village Commons, a 169,118 square-foot shopping center off Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

PitaBar, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, has signed a 5 year lease for 2,245-sqaure-feet of space in the shopping center. The eatery is set to open in March, according to officials with the shopping hub.

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2012-06-15 (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) — WEST PALM BEACH –A file photo of the old Publix in Village Commons, before it was demolished and rebuilt.

Aroma Indian Cuisine will be opening a 3,828-square-foot, sit-down restaurant in February, officials said.

Oxxo Care Cleaners and Reel Clips have both signed 10-year leases for space at the shopping center. Both businesses plan to open early next year.

Meanwhile, Smoke Inn will be relocating to a larger space in the shopping enter, with an opening date set for March, officials said.

Atlanta-based real estate investment firm Jamestown LLC bought the shopping center on Village Boulevard in July 2014. Jamestown LLC said it has invested $6.5 million to beautify the shopping center.

A new Publix opened at shopping center last year. The grocery store replaced an existing store that was closed in 2014. The building was demolished and a new one was built in its place.

 

Applebees to host “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Florida and Georgia will host their annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser on Saturday, December 10 to benefit the U.S. Marines Corps Toys for Tots program, the chain said.

Palm Beach Mall Santa. Photo by Shannon O'Brien/The Post
Palm Beach Mall Santa. Photo by Shannon O’Brien/The Post

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tickets, which can be purchased by calling or visiting a local Applebee’s, are $10 each, and advanced reservations are required as seating is limited. Children under the age of 2 are free.

The event includes breakfast along with goodies, raffle tickets for door prizes and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus.

All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program to be distributed to local families, Applebee’s said.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Toys for Tots for the 2016 holiday season,” said Ed Doherty, founder and CEO of Doherty Enterprises. “The holidays are such a special time to give back to our local communities. We love interacting with our guests at every level to provide a fun-filled morning for all to enjoy the spirit of the season. We are thrilled to be able to support this amazing organization and encourage everyone to come out for a fantastic day of holiday cheer and charitable giving.”

 

Palm Beach County McDonald’s offering even bigger Big Mac

Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast area McDonald’s restaurants are among the first in the nation to offer the chain’s latest creations — larger and smaller versions of the Big Mac.big-mac-event-graphic-final

Starting this week, local McDonald’s franchises will be offering the Grand Mac and Mac Jr.  The two new items will be available for a limited time on McDonald’s Florida menu in advance of a national rollout in early 2017, the company said.

The two are twists on the original Big Mac which boasts two 100 percent all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. 062112 OPENLATE 3

The Grand Mac is made with two 100 percent pure beef patties for a total of one-third pound with two slices of  American cheese and special sauce served on a larger sesame seed bun with lettuce, onions and pickles.

The Mac Jr. is a single-layer Big Mac that’s easier to eat on the go.

“The Big Mac is a legend and a great-tasting burger with hints of pickle relish, mustard, garlic and onions,” said McDonald’s Chef Mike Haracz. “We listened to our customers who told us they wanted different ways to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Big Mac taste.  The classic combination of ingredients remains timeless and customers around the world continue to enjoy its signature taste.”

 

Hoffman’s Chocolates opens new Palm Beach County location

Hoffman’s Chocolates has opened its tenth retail location in South Florida at the Delray Marketplace, the company announced this week.

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To celebrate the opening of the new location, Hoffman’s Chocolates will host a Family Fun Day Grand Opening event from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

RELATED: Hoffman’s Chocolates celebrates 40th anniversary while expanding

The event will feature music and giveaways from Y-100, product samplings, kids activities, a face painter and appearances by Disney’s Princess Elena from the new Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor” and her sister Princess Isabel. Guests will also have a chance to spin the Wheel of Chocolate and win great prizes.

Free samples of Hoffman’s Chocolates favorites will be served, including gourmet double-dipped chocolate covered pretzels, coconut cashew crunch and specialty milkshake shooters.

Hoffman’s said 50 percent of all sales from the event will be donated to the American Association of Caregiving Youth.

“We are thrilled to join the Delray Beach community and continue expanding our legendary brand in Palm Beach County,” said Randall Vitale, Regional Vice President of Hoffman’s Chocolates. “We look forward to being part of the community and are excited to make life sweeter for the residents.”

 

Veterans Day 2016: Here’s where to find a deal today

Several national chains and local businesses are giving away freebies and discounts this Veterans Day to honor veterans and active-duty military.

Here’s where you can find a deal. This list will be updated, so check back for new promotions.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is offering a complimentary small order of Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese to any active or former United States Armed Forces personnel on Friday, November 11. In addition, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurants will be dropping off complimentary lunch to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Centers in a dozen of the brand’s regions throughout Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Pat and Frank Donnellon from Boynton Beach salute the flag during Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Pat and Frank Donnellon from Boynton Beach salute the flag during Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Applebee’s

For the ninth consecutive year, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will honor veterans and active members of the military by offering each a free meal at its nearly 1,900  restaurants in the US on Veterans Day.

Guests must provide proof of military service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

This year all current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed between November 12 and November 27, 2016.

A group of veterans parade with the flags at the start of the Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
A group of veterans parade with the flags at the start of the Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Applebee’s will offer seven of its signature menu items on its Veterans Day menu:

Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes
Oriental Chicken Salad
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
American Standard All-In Burger

Chipotle

All active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID can buy a burrito and get a second one for free from 3 p.m. to close on Veteran’s Day. The offer is available at all Chipotle restaurants in the US and is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

Dine for Veterans

You can dine at select South Florida restaurants and the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to help veterans. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

On Veterans Day, Duffy’s will donating 5 percent of its total company sales for the day to Veterans. The chain plans to split the sales amount between the Honor Flight and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach programs. The program is estimated to generate up to $10, 000 for Veterans causes.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel will receive a complimentary entrée and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Veterans Day. Verification through ID or Uniform will be required.

 Veterans Day Special Menu:

·         10 Wings (Jumbo or Boneless Wing Dippers)

·         Yuengling® Beer-Battered Fish & Chips

·         BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla

·         Beach Burger Sliders

·         Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

·         Chicken Sandwich (Grilled or Crispy)

·         Tacos (Tropical Chicken or Carolina Pulled Pork)

The chain has locations in Wellington, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.

IHOP

IHOP Restaurants will offer veterans and active-duty military with proof of service a complimentary stack of patriotic Red, White & Blue Pancakes on Veterans Day.

The promotion is available at participating U.S. IHOP locations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion for retired and active duty military personnel.

Proof of service includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

The restaurant will offer offer all veterans and military personnel a complimentary original taco and fountain drink. The promotion is valid at all Lime Fresh locations, excluding college campuses. Guests must show military IDs.

Lime Fresh has one Palm Beach County location in Shadowood Square, 20642 State Rd. 7, Boca Raton.

Nick & Johnny’s Osteria

The newly opened Nick & Johnny’s Osteria, in Juno Beach will donating 10 percent of gross sales for the day of November 11th to honor Veterans. Nick & Johnny’s has partnered with the Renewal Coalition of Jupiter to support a local Veterans cause.

Publix

Service members and their families with a military ID will receive a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day.  The offer excludes gift cards, alcohol, tobacco, lottery items, stamps and prescriptions.

Red Lobster

Active duty military and reservists will get a free appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10 and 11.

Guests may choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu that includes:

Appetizers
Sweet Chili Shrimp
Mozzarella Cheesesticks
Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
Lobster and Langostino Pizza
Signature Shrimp Cocktail
Desserts
Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie
New York-Style Cheesecake
Warm Apple Crostada
Chocolate Wave
Brownie Overboard
Key Lime Pie

Red Lobster has locations in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and Jensen Beach.

Red Robbin

All Veterans and active-duty military members with proof of service receive a FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. No purchase is necessary. Dine-in only.

Red Robbin has locations in the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach and Wellington.

TooJay’s

Veterans and active military eat FREE from a special menu this Friday for Veteran’s Day at all TooJay’s locations. Veterans must show Military ID.

TooJay’s, which began its first restaurant on Palm Beach in 1981, now has 28 locations statewide. Ten of those restaurants are in Palm Beach County.

Winn-Dixie

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of  Winn-Dixie stores, has launched a Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program in all stores. Now through November 15, customers and associates can show their support for veterans of the armed forces by making a donation at checkout to benefit Hope For The Warriors, an organization that provides service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.