Only 15 minutes from the Strip is a chocolate-loverâ€™s dream: the one and only Ethel M Chocolate Factory. The retirement project of one of Mars heirs (think Snickers and Mars Bars), the company is named after matriarch Ethel Mars. Not only is it named for her, but some of her own recipes are used in the manufacturing of the decadent treats offered.
Visitors to the Henderson facility can start off by taking a tour of the production process. A self-guided tour snakes through the glass-walled factory where you can see fillings and brittles being cooked, individual confections being enrobed in chocolate, and special molded chocolates being made. Video monitors are strategically placed throughout to explain the processes and ingredients.
At the end of the drool-inducing tour, you end up in the chocolate shop, where all manner of chocolates are available for purchase. Liqueur-filled chocolates, chocolate-coverered nuts, truffles, caramels, as well as seasonal treats (this summer there are HUGE decorated caramel apples). Something to tempt everyone.
Before you head home, it is worth checking out the adjoining Botanical Cactus Garden. There are 4 acres and over 350 species of cacti and other native plants arranged with 400 tons of imported rock.
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Ethel M Chocolate Factory
2 Cactus Garden Drive