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Daily Diversion: Mars’ chocolate history book

BY DSN STAFF

Chocolate has been around for ages, and Mars’ new book, “Great Moments in Chocolate History,” published in partnership with the National Geographic Society, is highlighting the most notable moments in chocolate’s long history.

Some of the facts that the book highlights include the fact that chocolate was once thought to treat apoplexy and that M&M's are an official part of NASA’s space food system and are eaten on the International Space — sounds better than astronaut ice cream. 

Check out more chocolate facts here and order the book here

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Black Friday starting early at Sam’s Club

BY Gina Acosta

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is introducing a new way for shoppers to get a head start on their holiday shopping: Pre-Black Friday.
 
The nation’s eighth largest retailer and the warehouse division of Walmart is planning to give Sam's Club members early access to exclusive savings on some of the most sought-after holiday items and Thanksgiving meal must-haves.
 
“Our members have told us that the holidays leave them feeling time-strapped. The new Pre-Black Friday Event is designed to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with preparing for a big meal and having a gift list to fulfill,” said Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “We want members to come explore our new holiday items, take advantage of the special savings, and enjoy getting their shopping done without feeling rushed.”
 
Kicking off Sat., Nov. 21 at 12:01 a.m. CST on SamsClub.com and in clubs at 7 a.m., families can save time by checking things off of their grocery and gift lists all in one trip. Event prices are good through Nov. 25, while supplies last.
 
Highlights of the deals from Sam's Club include:
 
  • Samsung 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with a $30 Sam’s Club Gift Card ($778)
  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray Player ($47.88)
  • Apple iTunes $60 Gift Card multipack ($49.88, in-club only)
  • Dyson Ball Total Clean ($289.98)
  • Garmin vivofit 2 ($59.98)
  • Save $50 to $80 on a set of four tires in Michelin, Goodyear, BFGoodrich and Pirelli brands
  • Samsonite 2-piece luggage set ($88.76)
  • Daily Chef Belgian Mini Pastries ($13.98, in-club only)
  • Henckels 9-piece cutlery stainless steel set with block ($50 savings, online only)
The retailer says the savings will continue at the Black Friday main event. It begins at 12:01 a.m. CST on Nov. 26 at SamsClub.com and starts in clubs Nov. 27 at 7 a.m. 
 
Those who prefer to shop without dashing through the snow can browse and buy during the Sam’s Club Cyber Week. Online deals will kick off at 12:01 a.m. CST on Nov. 30 and continue through Dec. 6. New offers at great values will be added daily throughout the week, including televisions, computers, home and outdoor playsets.
 
Starting Dec. 8, Shocking Values, Sam’s Club’s new online daily deals program, will feature seven days of curated offers, all at amazing savings. Each day, up to 10 giftable items will be available for purchase at values up to 60 percent off standard retail prices. These deals on items are for a limited time with limited quantities.
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Meijer pledges $400,000 to toy-giving program

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Any toy purchased at Meijer through Nov. 30 will help the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer grant a child's wish this holiday season.
 
Meijer is once again donating a portion of customer purchases made in the toy department, up to $400,000, to children's gift-giving programs throughout the Midwest.
 
"Meijer wants to help make the holidays happier for hundreds of children, because every child deserves to experience the joy of unwrapping a toy," said Dan Myers, divisional merchandise manager of toys for Meijer. "We know how much value our customers place on sharing their good fortune, and we believe the More Wishes Granted program will create lasting memories for children in need."
 
Purchases made on hundreds of toys – including national brands like Fisher-Price, Barbie, Lego and Nerf – will count toward increasing the donation, up to $400,000, to children's gift-giving programs within the retailer's six-state footprint of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Meijer will select the programs to ensure that the donations remain in the retailer's Midwest footprint.
 
"Meijer was built on a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live, which is why we donate more than 6% of our net profit to charities each year," Myers said. "Our ultimate goal this holiday season is to help our customers save money while still enjoying the tradition of gift giving whether those gifts are for loved ones or for children in their community who might otherwise go without."
 
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