There’s Free Fun Waiting For You In Las Vegas At Ethel M Chocolate Factory & Cactus Garden: Date Night, Wine Tasting & An Epic Lights Of Love Experience— Another Vegas Off The Beaten Path, Best-Kept Secret

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Date night the Ethel M Chocolate Factory way

Do you like chocolate and wine?

I know— it’s kind of a dumb question, especially asking if you like chocolate.

And since the answer is obviously a “Yes,” you should follow my lead and head to Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden for a chocolate and wine tasting experience in Henderson, Nevada.

How far is Ethel M Chocolate Factory from The Strip?

Just minutes away! Only a 15-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

There’s wine tasting and free fun at Ethel M Chocolate Factory waiting for you!

 

 

 

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Selfie Wall

 

 

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Ethel M Chocolates Exclusive Valentine's Day Tasting Experiences


 

A date night to never forget!

Does Ethel M Chocolate Factory have free tours?

Yep! And The Mister and I went there first to check out the chocolate factory and make sure everything is A-OK for you!

I mean— somebody had to go first, so we raised our hands for the full experience— cactus farm and all!

Well, I’m happy to say it’s *ALL* good— and made with *all good* ingredients because Ethel M excludes artificial preservatives when crafting their chocolates!

 

Bean To Box Las Vegas Premium Chocolate Factory

 

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Las Vegas

 

Ethel M is the Mama of Mars Candy (you know, the family that brought you Snickers & M&M’s), so it’s only the best of ingredients when Mama’s in charge!

Plus, during our visit, we learned that chocolate’s pretty much a fruit. So when you pair it with wine, it’s a kind of a fruit salad win-win!

Las Vegas locals— Visit Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden light-display for Valentine’s with a scheduled tasting experience just like me and my boo did!

Not a Las Vegas local (womp womp)? No worries, you can still order goodies from Ethel M Chocolates online. They got you!

 

 

 

Las Vegas Botanical Cactus Garden - Ethel M Chocolates

 

12 fun facts about Ethel M Chocolate Factory

1. Ethel Mars was the mother of the Mars chocolate empire.

 

Las Vegas Factory Fresh Chocolate Tasting Experience

 

2. Snickers bars were named after the family horse, Snickers.

 

3. In 1978, Ethel’s son, Forrest Mars Sr. retired from the family business and moved to Las Vegas to pursue his passion for cacti and to grow a cactus garden.

 

Las Vegas Off The Beaten Path - Cactus Garden & Chocolate Factory

 

4. Eventually, Forrest Mars got bored of retirement and opened the premium Ethel M Chocolate Factory in 1981, paying homage to his mother.

 

Ethel M Chocolates Flagship Store, Las Vegas

 

5. There are over a million and a half lights in the cactus garden when it’s lit up for the Christmas season or Valentine’s celebrations! Valentine’s at Ethel M Chocolate Factory Lights of Love, pictured above and below.

 

 

 

Las Vegas Holiday Cactus Garden - Free Vegas Holiday Festivities To Enjoy

 

6. Ethel M Chocolates are crafted in small batches at the Las Vegas chocolate factory and flagship store.

 

Ethel M Chocolate Covered Pretzels Made In House

 

7. Each piece of candy is hand-packaged and boxed on site.

 

Taste Of Las Vegas - Ethel M Chocolates

 

8. No two Ethel M Chocolates have the same stripes!

 

No Two Candies Have The Same Stripes! Las Vegas Chocolate Factory

 

9. Their 3-ingredient peanut butter is made in-house.

 

10. As the luxury tier of the Mars family brand, these chocolates are free of artificial preservatives.

 

Cactus Garden Cafe, Las Vegas

 

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Retail Store, Las Vegas

 

11. The chocolate factory is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. I can see this as a new holiday destination for our family— hello Valentine’s, Galentine’s, Easter and hot chocolate on Christmas Eve!

 

12. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning twice, chocolate comes from the chocolate cocoa pods— and that makes it a fruit!

 

 

 

Ethel M Chocolate Tasting Room Experience. It’s a sensory and flavor exploration like none other!

 

Ethel M Chocolate Fountain, Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas Secret Ingredients Ethel M Chocolate Factory

 

Do this!

Take the tasting experience and tour and get 20% off your purchase at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory retail store.

And take a selfie at the in-store Chocolate Wall.

 

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Take A Sweet Selfie

 

Las Vegas Instaworthy Photo Ideas - Ethel M Chocolate Factory

 

Don’t do this!

The Mister and I were so excited about the fantastic tour and tasting that we spent half an hour picking out the perfect chocolate presents for our moms— and forgot to bring home Ethel M Chocolates for ourselves!

We purchased for our moms the 4-piece Smile Collection and The Champagne & Cordials Premium Chocolate Collection.

 

 

 

 

What can you do for free in Las Vegas?

For more day trips from Las Vegas, free tours, things to do and travel guides, check out these posts:

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3. 9 Day Trips From Las Vegas Worth The Drive

4. A Unique & Good Day Trip From Las Vegas: Seven Ways To Return To The Las Vegas Strip Even More Inspired After A Tour Of Seven Magic Mountains

 

Ethel M Chocolates Sweet Gifts

 

Ethel M Chocolates Smile Collection

 

Ethel M Chocolates Champagne & Cordials Collection

 

Ethel M Chocolates- Bring Home A Vegas Original

 

I highly recommend you schedule an Ethel M Chocolate Tasting Room Experience. It’s a sensory and flavor exploration like none other— duh, it’s Las Vegas, baby!

 

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows

 

Las Vegas Chocolate & Wine Tasting Experience

 

The best in chocolate paired with the best in wine

1. Berry filled chocolate + Prosecco. I recommend Ethel M Raspberry Satin Crème Milk Chocolate.

 

2. Peanut butter chocolate + Chardonnay. I recommend Ethel M Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate.

 

Ethel M Chocolatier - Date Night Wine Tasting Experience

 

3. Chocolate with caramel and nuts + Malbec. I recommend Ethel M Pecan Caramel Rapture Milk Chocolate.

 

4. Dark chocolate + Pinot Noir. I recommend Ethel M Dark Chocolate Lemon Satin Crème.

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. Karen Cairns
    June 28, 2020 / 8:08 pm

    wow wish I lived close enough to go there!

    • June 28, 2020 / 9:24 pm

      If you visit Vegas, add Ethel M to your list!

  2. Marlene V
    June 30, 2020 / 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the great idea – we visit Vegas often and are always looking for something new and different to do:)

    • June 30, 2020 / 10:35 pm

      Awesome! You’ll love this Vegas treasure.

  3. Brittany Gilley
    July 1, 2020 / 5:41 am

    I can’t wait to go to Vegas and check it out!

    • July 4, 2020 / 12:16 pm

      You’ll love the wine tasting and chocolate pairings!

  4. rita leonard
    July 6, 2020 / 10:54 am

    This sounds like the perfect night in Las Vegas

    • July 6, 2020 / 11:49 am

      Definitely! I’m looking forward to visiting Ethel M during the holidays to see the cactus lights again!

  5. Donna
    July 9, 2020 / 10:46 am

    This sounds like an amazing date night! Chocolate and wine is perfect!

  6. Barrie
    July 11, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    Wow! What a place! I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but my hubby would DIE to go there! lol

  7. Susan Smith
    July 12, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    Looks like you had fun, we went there too last time we were in Las Vegas. We had a great time. Great chocolate!

    • July 13, 2020 / 1:06 pm

      So happy to hear you’ve experienced Ethel M Chocolates, too!

  8. Max Morais Dos Santos
    July 20, 2020 / 5:32 pm

    Anywhere you have chocolate, it’s worth going, 🙂

  9. Antoinette M
    July 26, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    Awesome place to visit. And all that chocolate…yummm!

    • July 26, 2020 / 6:24 pm

      My thoughts exactly! Yum- chocolate AND wine!!

  10. Debbie P
    November 14, 2020 / 10:20 pm

    I LOVE chocolate. When I get to Vegas this will be my first stop!

    • November 15, 2020 / 2:00 am

      A wonderful part of Las Vegas history (& a tasty one, too!).

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