Chocolate may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the desert, nor is it among the first images associated with Las Vegas, but perhaps this idea will change after getting to know the delicious products of the chocolate factory Ethel M Chocolate Factory.
Chocolate is always chocolate and the pleasure of tasting these delicacies and visiting the entire manufacturing process makes it an attractive experience to have in Las Vegas. The factory is actually located in Henderson, a city in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and just 15 minutes away from the Strip. This factory, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, is an attraction unlike any other, attracting over 70.000 tourists a year. Visitors have the opportunity to see the entire chocolate-making process, from the preparation of the filling to the labeling in a totally free experience!
A Ethel Mwas founded by Forrest Mars, the owner of the candy companyMars (which manufactures the famous Snickers andMilk Way). When he arrived in this region, he decided that he would open a factory to make chocolates to his taste, using the recipes and memories of his childhood. His mother’s name was Ethel and it was after her that the factory was named.
When you visit the factory today, you can see the entire manufacturing process through large glass windows. The first room on the tour is the kitchen, where all 50 types of filling are prepared.
The next room is for the chocolate layer that covers the fillings, made in long machines called enrobers. It is there that the chocolates take on the appearance known to all. The processes are explained on video monitors and there are nameplates in front of all the machines.
In the last room of the factory, you can see how the chocolates are individually wrapped in aluminum foil and labeled with the commercial name and nutritional information.
After this short tour of the factory, it is possible to taste some chocolates and try some of the delicacies prepared in the factory. Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Next to the tasting room is a little shop with a simple, pretty atmosphere. Cwith colorful walls, blinding lights and contemporary furniture, the Lounge Ethel Chocolate is the ideal place to escape the heat, relax and chat with friends while satiating your chocolate cravings. In addition to a variety of chocolate, hot fondues and iced drinks are also available.
Another great attraction is the store of the famous M&M brand, since part of the production of this chocolaterie is now dedicated to the production of these famous colored chocolate confetti.
In summer, don’t worry about the heat! The chocolate factory provides miniature cold packs to keep the goodies you buy.
As if the chocolate factory open to visitors wasn’t enough, Forrest Mars also built one of the most beautiful and extensive desert gardens in the country. This garden covers more than three hectares and has more than 350 different species of cactus and desert plants.
This same garden has beautiful Christmas decorations, which have made it famous in the region. The cactus garden is decorated with Christmas lights and also features Santa Claus and the beauty of several choirs who enchant the evenings with their music.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens
Henderson, NV 89014
Phone: (702) 435-2655
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live chocolate production usually takes place from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 16:00.