Part gourmet chocolate factory and part desert cactus garden, the home of Ethel M Chocolates offers a glimpse into the chocolate making process. From the larger scale production machines to the pecan brittle made by hand, it’s a chance to see how one of the world’s favorite sweet treats comes to be.
The Ethel M chocolates are special to the Mars family, inspired by their mother’s fresh and small-batch premium chocolates. There’s also a Tasting Room Experience with a bit of history about the chocolate company and a variety of their different chocolates to sample.
After you’ve had your fill of chocolate, you can opt to take a stroll in the four acre cactus garden. It’s one of the largest desert gardens in the world, grounded in naturalistic design. The variety of cacti and succulents comes from all over the world, including plants native to the Southwestern United States. They’re particularly beautiful when in bloom.
Located in Henderson, Nevada, the Ethel M Chocolates Factory is easily accessed from the Las Vegas Strip (about a 20 minute drive.) It’s located near Mountain Vista and Sunset Road. The self-guided viewing aisles are open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Due to the privacy of some practices, chocolatier sightings are not guaranteed. The cactus garden is free and open to the public.