The Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden!
Forrest Mars started the Ethel M chocolate factory in 1981. Forrest Mars' mother, Ethel, was a highly skilled chocolatier back in the early 1900's. Apparently Forrest Mars learned the fine art of gourmet chocolate making while spending time in the kitchen with Ethel and he put this knowledge to use shortly after retiring from a job in an unrelated industry. Forrest Mars ended up establishing the legendary Mars Candy empire, which includes the world famous M&M brand of chocolate candies.
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory produces fine gourmet chocolates that are rated as the best in the world. Ethel M Chocolates are also famous for being the official chocolates of many Hollywood awards ceremonies. Ethel M chocolates are the chocolates of the stars!
Ethel M takes pride in being a family owned and operated business. Ethel M Chocolates contain absolutely no preservatives. This company only does small batch production runs, in order to maintain high quality standards. The chocolate factory has an extensive quality control system that involves regular tasting to ensure that every chocolate creation is absolutely flawless. These high standards are the reason why Ethel M is number one!
The Ethel M Chocolate factory has an M&M retail store on site. Everything and anything M&M can be found there and sometimes there are unique M&M gifts on the shelf that can be found nowhere else.
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory has a retail store that is filled with gourmet chocolate creations. Modern creative chocolate creations and classic chocolates fill the display cases. Liquor chocolates, satin cream chocolates, turtles and truffles tend to be my favorites. Every chocolate variety from white chocolate to bitter dark chocolate is available. Every style of chocolate is on display.
The Ethel M Pecan Brittle is world famous and the Peppermint Bark is a crowd pleaser too. Artistic looking Giant Chocolate Caramel Coated Apples are offered and these items make great gifts for kids of all ages. Ethel M also offers an extensive line of sugar free chocolates and Kosher chocolate too.
Boxed collections of Ethel M gourmet chocolates are a nice choice. The box presentations are well thought out and the packaging is elegant. New Years Eve, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and Valentines Day are the biggest chocolate days of the year. Ethel M creates fancy boxed special chocolate collections for these occasions and more.
Customers can select their own choice of chocolates for customized box collections. I have selected chocolates for boxed collection gifts many times, both in person and via the Ethel M web site.
Ethel M employs the highest standards of packaging chocolates for shipping. Because no preservatives are used to make Ethel M chocolates, the chocolates have to be handled and packaged like perishable items. Ethel M uses insulated packaging with cooling packs to ensure that their chocolates arrive at the destination in perfect condition.
Tours of the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and the extensive Ethel M Cactus Garden are free of charge. Complimentary chocolate and pecan brittle tastings are offered with each tour, so the experience is a sweet one!
Over the years, I have often sent Ethel M chocolates to friends and family members as gifts. Every time that I got a thank you response for the chocolates, the first comment was always, "Those were the best chocolates that I have ever had!"
A few years ago, I gave a box of Ethel M Chocolates to the purchasing agent of a company that I worked for in Chicago after returning from a weekend in Las Vegas. I suggested that she share the Ethel M Chocolates with the other executives at the office. The purchasing agent actually hid the Ethel M Chocolates in a desk drawer and she said, "These chocolates are just too good to share!" It is funny what good chocolate can do to people!
The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is located on Cactus Drive near the intersection of Sunset Road. This intersection can be a little bit tricky to spot while passing by, because several roads meet in this area. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a few miles away from the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, but this destination is definitely worth the short hop.
Ethel M does have a few retail store locations in the Las Vegas Valley and one is conveniently located at McCarran international airport. The airport shop is a nice convenience for travelers, conventioneers and visitors of Las Vegas.