Looking for a sweet way to get into the holiday spirit this year in Las Vegas? The Ethel M Chocolate Factory in nearby Henderson is the closest thing to a real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and even has a beautiful, fully decked-out Botanical Cactus Garden that you can tour.
While some might scoff at gourmet chocolates coming out of the Nevada desert, these fresh and sweet treats are some of the best in the world. Named after the iconic Ethel Mars (of the famous Mars candy chain), the Ethel M Chocolates were born in her kitchen in 1981 as a tribute from her son, Forrest Mars Sr. The idea was to pair Ethel’s signature recipes with Forrest’s love for sharing freshly crafted, small-batch premium chocolates that contained no preservatives while utilizing only the finest ingredients. All of the chocolate and popular pecan brittle is to die for, but its the smooth caramel and cream fillings that really set the Ethel M Chocolates apart from the pack. Ethel M Chocolates make its own rich and creamy caramel, grind its own nuts and each box of gourmet chocolates is packed by hand as you won’t find many automated machines inside. It’s that personal touch that has really endeared the Ethel M Chocolate Factory to so many people over the years. Typically the best times to visit the self-guided viewing aisle to see the Ethel M Chocolate Factory chocolatiers working their magic are Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4:30pm, but you can also go during the weekend, just be prepared for a lot more tourists.
Aside from the decadent chocolates, the gorgeous Botanical Cactus Garden at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory will take your breath away. Not only is it the largest in Nevada, but also it’s one of the world’s largest collections. Spanning over four acres, the garden features more than 300 different cacti and stunning succulents to admire while you take the tour. During the holiday season, the garden gets fully decked out with a stunning array of lights, to really provide a festive experience. We highly recommend visiting in the evening so you can really get the full experience.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth or simply want to tour the gorgeous botanical garden, savor a day at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory for a truly unique Sin City experience.
Ethel Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden
2 Cactus Garden Dr.
Henderson, NV 89014
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