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Dessert for good – A university study proves chocolate is a source of Vitamin D!
Buzz60Chocolate Candies.(Photo: Getty Images. (Note: Image does not depict a See’s Candy product))October is the month of sweets.Two weeks after National Dessert Day and three days before Halloween, Sunday is National Chocolate Day. According to the National Confectioners Association there are 16 different made-up holidays for chocolate and a few dates have been designated as National Chocolate Day. But Oct. 28 is the most commonly cited day, says National Today, a website that has a calendar of these holidays.There are a lot of ways to enjoy chocolate aside from a candy bar. Ranker, a crowd-sourced voting platform, found the five best chocolate products are: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate brownies, Kit Kat, Twix and Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream.More: Best October deals: Your guide to this month’s spooky specials and freebiesMore: Burger King says its new Halloween creation ‘Nightmare King’ can induce nightmaresMore: Starbucks scares up new ‘Witch’s Brew Frappuccino’ for HalloweenCLOSE
Skittles, M&M’s and Snickers are America’s most popular Halloween candies overall, but each state has a favorite treat.
USA TODAYLimited-time dealsHere are the best deals, available at participating locations, while supplies last. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through Halloween, the chain’s Pizookie dessert will be $3 each, which is more than half off the regular price. No minimum purchase is required. New members of the chain’s rewards program get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com. Cheesecake Factory: Not a National Chocolate Day deal, but Monday through Wednesday, place a $30 or more Cheesecake Factory delivery order through DoorDash and get a free slice of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake or Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake with promo code TREATORTREAT.Coco’s Bakery: Through Oct. 31, the West Coast chain has a pie sale going on with prices ranging from $9.99 to $10.99. Join the chain’s eClub for a free slice.Eli’s Cheesecake: Through 11 a.m. CST Monday, use promo code 18CHOC and get $5 off chocolate cheesecakes at https://shop.elicheesecake.com/category/chocolate.Ethel M Chocolates: Get a free 16-piece Classic Collection with an online order of $25 or more at www.ethelm.com Sunday with promo code NATCHOC. Or get a Halloween Classic Collection free, a $25 value, when you spend $75 with code SPOOKSWEET.Fannie May: Get 20 percent off in-store and online purchases at www.fanniemay.com Sunday. For online orders, use coupon code 42287.Gelson’s Markets: Get a free pint of Coolhaus Chocolate Molten Cake ice cream when you show an Instagram post Sunday. While supplies last. Limit one per customer.Godiva: On Sunday, get a free sampler of the G Cube Collection with any $25 online order at www.godiva.com or go to a local Godiva boutique to pick up a free chocolate case piece with any in-store purchase. Sign up for Godiva Rewards Club for more deals and freebies.Hershey’s Store: Through Halloween, save 40 percent off glow in the dark and bulk Halloween candy at www.hersheysstore.com with code HALLOWEEN40. Or join the email list to save 10 percent off your first order.Lake Champlain Chocolates: Through Halloween, save 20 percent on purchases $75 or more at www.lakechamplainchocolates.com. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.Lindt: Through Sunday, get a free gift with purchase with in-store purchases of $25 or more or $50 online purchases at www.lindt.com. The in-store gift is a Lindor eight-piece tube and the online gift is a free Lindor Classic Gift or Milk 12-piece gift box. Also online through Sunday, save 25 percent off case and bulk candy.Do you know this Sunday is #NationalChocolateDay ?! To celebrate, we are offering 20% off everything on our retail shop https://t.co/gckgsNlahr this weekend only! Which of our chocolate will you get ? All of them is a good answer ???? (Promotion excludes classes and cards) pic.twitter.com/DvLgylWE1Q— Valrhona USA (@valrhonausa) October 26, 2018Mrs. Fields: For National Cookie Month, get 15 percent off online orders through Oct. 31 with promo code COOKIE.My M&Ms: Through 11:59 p.m. PT Tuesday, get 25 percent off sitewide at www.mymms.com with code CHOCOLATE25. No minimum purchase required, but excludes NFL, MLB, clearance and sale items.Prana: Through Sunday, get 50 percent off the brand’s organic chocolate barks at www.prana.bio. No coupon code is needed.???? We can dream, right?! It’s #NationalChocolateDay! ???? Check out our selection of sweet treats, here! ???? > https://t.co/7B6iOvZLoNpic.twitter.com/kcFKX4yZEU— QVC (@QVC) October 28, 2018QVC: The shopping channel and website has National Chocolate Day sale Sunday at www.qvc.com on select items. Plus, new QVC shoppers can get $5 off their first order with code FIVE4U.Simply Chocolate: Through Sunday, get 10 percent off and free shipping on select items at www.simplychocolate.com with promo code SCGIFT. The promotion includes the Max Brenner Fondue Tower Set with chocolates and select gift sets and baskets.Valrhona: Get 20 percent off everything through Sunday at www.valrhona-chocolate.com.World Market: Get 30 percent off all chocolate bars Sunday.CLOSE
If someone told you they lived on a healthy diet of beer, wine and chocolate, you’d say they were coo coo for coco. Buzz60’s Mercer Morrison has the story.
Buzz60Sweet sign-up offersJoining a rewards program or signing up for an email list has its perks. Be aware that sometimes the sign-up offer can take a couple hours to days to arrive in your inbox. Also because offers are available at participating locations, check with your closest location before heading out.Baskin-Robbins: Download the app for a free scoop of ice cream. In October, small Cappuccino Blasts are $2.99.BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: New members of the chain’s rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream: New Sweet Rewards loyalty club members a $3 reward to use toward ice cream purchases at participating shops. Sign up at www.brusterssweetrewards.com or download the app.Captain D’s: Join the chain’s VIP Rewards Program and receive a free dessert. Sign up at www.captainds.com/d-club-and-deals.Carvel: Join the Fudgie Fanatics email club for savings.Cinnabon: Sign up for Club Cinnabon and get a coupon for a free Minibon. Coco’s Bakery: Join the West Coast chain’s eClub for a free slice of pie.Cold Stone Creamery: Join My Cold Stone Club Rewards and get a buy one, get one free Creation coupon loaded to your account.Corner Bakery Café: Get a free dessert for signing up for the eClub at www.cornerbakerycafe.com/eclub.CREAM: Join CREAM Rewards at www.creamnation.com/rewards for savings. The chain’s name stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me.Culver’s: Create a MyCulver’s account and get a free scoop.Dairy Queen: Find deals in the chain’s mobile app and for a limited time, download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. Not valid in Texas.CLOSE
When life hands you extra candy, make these bars.
Thanksgiving.com, Thanksgiving.comDippin’ Dots: Join the Dot Crazy! Email Club for coupons and promotions. Jack in the Box: Sign up for offers at www.jackinthebox.com/offers.Krispy Kreme: Join the chain’s reward program and get a free doughnut of your choice.Marble Slab Creamery: Get free ice cream at Marble Slab or MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream for downloading the Slab Happy Rewards app.McDonald’s: The fast-food chain’s app has ongoing coupons. Download the app at www.mcdonalds.com.Mimi’s Cafe: Get a free, classic two pack of Mimi’s muffins or croissants when you join the e-Club. Sign up at www.mimiscafe.com/eclub.Olive Garden: Get a free appetizer or dessert with purchase of two entree and a coupon you’ll get for signing up for emails.Panera Bread: Earn rewards for your purchases and get a birthday freebie with the MyPanera loyalty program. Sign up at www.panerabread.com.PDQ: Join the chain’s Fan Club for coupons and a birthday freebie at www.eatpdq.com.Pizza Inn: Choose a free medium Chocolate Chip Pizzert or pepperoni twists when you sign up for the rewards program.Shake Shack: Sign up for exclusive offers at www.shakeshack.com.Sonic Drive-In: Find deals at www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app. Also with the app, get drinks and slushes for half price when you order ahead.CLOSE
If you’ve got a few bags of Halloween candy lying around, surprise your sweet tooth with these easy recipes, instead of gorging on candy alone. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more.
Buzz60Starbucks: Earn free drinks with the Starbucks Rewards program and get perks including free in-store refills and a birthday freebie. Learn more and register at www.starbucks.com.Steak ‘n Shake: Find savings, learn more about half-price happy hour and join the rewards program at www.steaknshake.com.sweetFrog: Join the chain’s loyalty program at www.sweetfrog.com/loyalty for discounts.TCBY: Through Oct. 31, download the TCBY app at www.tcby.com/loyalty and get a $3 reward toward your next purchase of $10 or more.TGI Fridays: Join the rewards program and choose a free appetizer or dessert.TooJay’s: Get a free dessert for joining the Delicious Rewards program at www.toojays.com/delicious-rewards.Village Inn: Join the eClub for a free slice of pie.Wendy’s: Get special offers with the chain’s smartphone app. Yogurtland: Get three ounces of frozen yogurt for free for registering for Yogurtland Real Rewards.More: Wendy’s french fries deal alert: Any size fries for $1 starting MondayKelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at [email protected] Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/newsletters. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/10/28/national-chocolate-day-2018/1798801002/