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The Top 6 Reasons You Need to Visit the New Ethel M Chocolates Factory

Ethel M Chocolates Facotry in Henderson, NV

October was definitely a thrilling time here at Ethel M® Chocolates. Not only was it our 35th anniversary, it was also the Grand Opening of our new factory and flagship store! The complete overhaul is amazing, and it brings a whole new look and atmosphere to our Henderson headquarters. We can’t wait for fervent fans and new friends alike to visit us for a tour and maybe enjoy a bite or two of our delicious, handmade sweets.

If that last sentence wasn’t reason enough, here’s a handful of others that will have you putting us in your must-visit itinerary!

Take a look into the chocolate viewing aisle to see what magical treats are being made.

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Reason #1: Our Self-Guided Viewing Aisle is a Favorite

Ever wondered how our tasty treats are made? Wonder no more because we have an all-new and popular self-guided viewing aisle! Visitors can watch us turn separate high-quality ingredients into fantastic confections. The sight of our professional chocolatiers using high-tech machinery alongside old-school equipment like copper pots is completely fun and totally unforgettable. Even better — it’s free!

Chocolate covered strawberries being dipped in premium chocolate

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Reason #2: Our Chocolatiers are Busy Creating Fresh Snacks

Here in our amazing factory, we create dozens and dozens of varieties of chocolates and other delectable treats. With our newly enhanced demonstration area, you’ll have the opportunity to observe our talented chocolatiers do what they do so well: create delicious preservative-free treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries, pretzels, marshmallows and more.

Fresh snacks from the Ethel M Cactus Garden Cafe

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Reason #3: Delectable New Café Selections

All the sights, sounds, and wonderful aromas in our factory just might make you a little bit hungry. That’s why we built a new café space with an extended menu. Looking to munch on some light bites? Consider dark chocolate ganache cupcakes, coconut macarons, chocolate chunk brownie cookies, or chocolate-dipped strawberries. Needing a delicious wake-me-up? Consider us your local coffee shop! Choose from our caffeinated beverages such as mocha, cappuccino and fresh-brewed coffee. Craving for an Ethel M specialty? Grab a cup of our world-famous hot chocolate. Trust us. You won’t regret it!

Take a chocolate tasting class in the Ethel M Tasting Room

Reason #4: New Chocolate Tasting Room

If you’re a true aficionado of cacao, you’ll want to join us for one of our educational — and entertaining — Chocolate Tasting Experience. During the session, one of our expert chocolatiers will present a tasting of four of our unique handcrafted premium chocolate pieces. Your host will share how we make our tasty treats, and you’ll also learn a little history about Ethel M and our founder, Forrest Mars, Sr. It’s a great experience to share with friends and family. Be sure and call ahead, though, as seats fill quickly. You can reserve your spot at 702-435-2655.

Shop in newly redesigned chocolate shoppe
Reason #5: Shop Away in Our Expanded Candy Shop

Another great aspect of our chocolate factory upgrade is the newly designed 7,500 sq. ft. retail space. It’s decorated with eye-catching colors and materials that pay tribute to our original copper kettles as well as the natural beauty of our Botanical Cactus Garden. On the shelves of our candy story, you can find a smorgasbord of our fine chocolates ranging from Almond Butter Krisp dipped in milk chocolate to our best-selling Lemon Satin Crèmes® in dark chocolate. In addition, chocolate gifts are everywhere- from customizable chocolate baskets to Design-Your-Own stations to handpicked sampler boxes. Now you have a special treat for your next weeding gift, birthday present, corporate gifts, Christmas presents, and everything in between!

Celebrate the holidays in the Ethel M Cactus Garden decorated for the holidays with 1 million christmas lights

Bonus Reason #6: Our Botanical Cactus Garden is Wander-ful

After your tour, be sure to stroll through our breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden. It's the largest botanical preserve in Nevada, and is one of the most significant collections of its kind. Based on the naturalistic English landscape model, it features four acres of desert-tolerant ornamentals, cacti, and other desert plants. More than 300 species of plants flourish in the beautiful expanse. About half of the fauna is cacti and succulents native to the American Southwest; the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the nearby region plus the far-flung continents of Australia and South America. Whether you are looking to wander about on a relaxing stroll or are a budding botanist looking to learn about drought-resistant plants, you’ll love our unique arboretum. And did we mention, the garden lights up with more than 1 MILLION dazzling lights during the holiday season!

Walk the holiday cactus garden lights and get in the holiday spirit

Bonus Reason #7: Our Factory is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

If you can’t experience the sparkling lights during the holiday or just want to see it again in February- don’t worry- because our cactus garden will light up for Lights of Love. The lights will be on leading up to Valentine’s Day and it makes for the perfect V-Day date! Plus… you can stroll into the factory store for gifts that are made with love and/or take a seat in our fresh-new Tasting Room for a unique chocolate tasting with one of our knowledgeable chocolatiers.