A Trip To This Nevada Chocolate Factory Will Make All Your Childhood Dreams Come True

Who remembers Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and how excited the five children with the golden tickets were to tour the iconic factory? Even though there is no Gene Wilder to sing catchy tunes or little orange Oompa-Loompas, Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory—just a thirty-minute drive from Las Vegas—is most certainly a sweet spot to visit. Named for his mother, Forrest Mars Sr. created Ethel M Chocolates in 1978 and used her recipes for fresh, homemade, small-batch, premium chocolates. Visitors have enjoyed touring this iconic Nevada chocolate factory and the on-site botanical gardens since it opened in 1980.

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The next time you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, or, frankly, any day you crave chocolate, take a day trip to Ethel M’s. You won’t be sorry! Have you toured the factory and cactus gardens? Please share your experiences below.