CARLE PLACE, N.Y. - Feb. 6, 2017 // PRNewswire // - 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC., the leading gourmet food and floral gift provider for all occasions has partnered with Chocolate Works, a national retailer and manufacturer of custom Belgian chocolate gifts, to create and deliver freshly made Fruit Bouquets by 1800Flowers.com. The Long Island-based companies are teaming up just in time for the most romantic day of the year; a wide selection of carved fresh fruit arrangements including chocolate dipped fruit varieties provides consumers with delicious and sweet gift options to celebrate Valentine's Day!
Chocolate Works will hand-craft and deliver signature Valentine's products from Fruit Bouquets by 1-800-Flowers.com including Sweet Love Story™, a fresh mix of strawberries, melon, grapes surround dipped and decorated pineapple carved into letters to spell L-O-V-E and Mugable™ Bunch of Berries that features plain and chocolate dipped strawberries in a keepsake mug designed exclusively by inspirational artist Sandra Magsamen.
"We are excited to work with a growing company that has the same commitment to providing its customers with quality product and an exceptional customer experience," said Tom Hartnett, President of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. "This is a unique opportunity for our chocolatiers to apply their skills in custom confections to create unique fruit arrangements," commented Joe Whaley, founder, Chocolate Works. "Everyone loves chocolate, but fruit dipped in Belgian chocolate is a truly loved combination," added Joe.
Fruit Bouquets by 1800Flowers.com offers more than 100 arrangements for all occasions. Gift enhancements include chocolate gift boxes, plush toys and mylar balloons. Valentine's Day is the second most popular holiday for fruit bouquets, with Mother's Day being the most popular. Valentine's Day is also Chocolate Works' second most popular holiday, with Christmas being the most popular. Fruit Bouquets by 1800Flowers.com is available nationwide and the collaboration with Chocolate Works currently covers delivering fruit bouquets to residents and businesses in New York City, Long Island and Westchester. Expansion to all regions is in development.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is a leading provider of gourmet food and floral gifts for all occasions. For the past 40 years, 1-800-FLOWERS® (1-800-356-9377 or www.1800flowers.com) has been helping deliver smiles for our customers with gifts for every occasion, including fresh flowers and the finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections, candles, balloons and plush stuffed animals. As always, our 100% Smile Guarantee® backs every gift. The company's Celebrations® suite of services including Celebrations Passport® Free Shipping/No Service Charge program, Celebrations Rewards® and Celebrations Reminders(®, are all designed to engage with customers and deepen relationships as a one-stop destination for all celebratory and gifting occasions. In 2016, 1-800-Flowers.com was awarded a Silver Stevie "e-Commerce Customer Service" Award, recognizing the company's innovative use of online technologies and social media to service the needs of customers. In addition, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. was recognized as one of Internet Retailer's 2015 Top 300 B2B e-commerce companies and was also recently named in Internet Retailer's 2016 Top Mobile 500 as one of the world's leading mobile commerce sites. The company was included in Internet Retailer's 2015 Top 500 for fast growing e-commerce companies. In 2015, 1-800-Flowers.com was named a winner of the "Best Companies to Work for in New York State" Award by The New York Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM). The Company's BloomNet® international floral wire service (www.mybloomnet.net) provides a broad range of quality products and value-added services designed to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably. The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. "Gift Shop" also includes gourmet gifts such as premium, gift-quality fruits and other gourmet items from Harry & David® (1-877-322-1200 or www.harryanddavid.com), popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory® (1-800-541-2676 or www.thepopcornfactory.com); cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl's® (1-800-443-8124 or www.cheryls.com); premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May® (www.fanniemay.com and www.harrylondon.com); gift baskets and towers from 1-800-Baskets.com® (www.1800baskets.com); premium English muffins and other breakfast treats from Wolferman's® (1-800-999-1910 or www.wolfermans.com); carved fresh fruit arrangements from FruitBouquets.com (www.fruitbouquets.com); and top quality steaks and chops from Stock Yards® (www.stockyards.com). Shares in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, ticker symbol: FLWS.
For four decades, Chocolate Works (516-506-3083 or www.ChocolateWorks.com) has hand-dipped and molded Belgian chocolate confections based upon family recipes. The product line of more than 200 items includes Artisan truffles available in 40 flavors; dipped Oreos, pretzels and marshmallows; caramels and nut treats; custom molds of any size; gift boxes and baskets as well as personalized favors. Chocolate Works is also the sole source of full-color sugar paper molded into chocolate. Any photo or image can be printed to make picture perfect gifts. Chocolate Works delicacies are available through national retailers and a franchise system. The franchise system currently operates 20 retail stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Missouri and California with plans to expand worldwide. Each location offers a wide range of hand-crafted confections, candies, custom favors and corporate gifts. In addition, every store has operating chocolate equipment, including a 20' chocolate car wash as well as two 175 lb. chocolate vats. These machines allow the store to produce fresh treats daily and fulfill custom orders. Children and adults are also invited to indulge in a hands-on chocolate making experience. Each guest can mold, decorate, and create their very own chocolate and candy masterpiece. Through birthday parties, workshops, field trips, troop meetings, private events and corporate events everyone dives into the chocolate. Chocolate Works' headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Freeport, NY. Chocolate Works was founded by second-generation chocolatier, Joe Whaley.
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