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Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden

2 Cactus Garden Dr., Henderson, NV
+1 702-435-2608
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Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Henderson
Type: Factory Tours, Gardens, Tours, Specialty Shops
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Come visit the Ethel M Chocolates factory, botanical cactus garden, and chocolate gift shop. Ethel M offers visitors the opportunity to look through... more » Owner description: Come visit the Ethel M Chocolates factory, botanical cactus garden, and chocolate gift shop. Ethel M offers visitors the opportunity to look through our viewing aisle into the chocolate factory and Ethel Mars's Kitchen where we make Pecan Brittle, Chocolate Bark, and all of our signature fillings. Our viewing aisle window is open Monday - Thursday from 8am - 4pm, but for optimal viewing of chocolate production, mornings are best. Please note, in order to produce high quality premium chocolate, we have a varying production schedule, and can not guarantee that the chocolate factory will be producing chocolate at all times. We can guarantee that you will get the opportunity to learn how Ethel M Chocolates has been making chocolate for over 30 years, as taste some of our free chocolate samples and visit our chocolate gift shop. Choose from our premium chocolate collections or pick your favorite pieces from our chocolate cases. Ethel M makes the perfect gift for a friend or even a great self indulgence. Finish your visit by strolling our beautiful botanical cactus garden. Our botanical cactus garden is one of the largest in the southwest United States and features over one hundred varieties of cacti and exotic plants. « less
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Santa Clarita, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Ethel M Chocolate factory, but the "tour" is a short walk passed windows overlooking the factory. You don't go inside the factory. Through the windows, you get to witness the mixing, pouring, cooling and packaging of the chocolates which was fun, and smelled wonderful. You are led straight into (of course) the gift shop,... More

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Churchton, Maryland
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34 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Chocolates were very good, creamy and rich and accordingly pricey. The short, self-guided chocolate factory tour was interesting and showed the careful hand-crafting that goes into making Ethel M chocolates. Everyone gets a sample at the end of the tour. There is an adjoining store to purchase Ethel M chocolates, and another shop that sells every type of M&M imaginable.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A quick ride from Vegas if you've got a car. Both the candy factory and the cactus garden are self-guided. They make and sell their own gourmet chocolates which were delicious. There is also an M&M store on-site because they are a division of Mars Candy. The cactus garden is lovely too. It's a a bit of a weird combination... More

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Haines City, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Since it was late in the day, they were no longer making Candy, but it was nice to get off of the bus and walk around. The cactus gardens were nice and well taken care of. The chocolate is good, but very over-priced. We were surprised to see an M&M store which for me just didn't belong and actually took... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is an extremely clean place that we would have loved to see people working, but unfortunately it was Labor Day and they were not making chocolates. It's nice that someone was still there so we could buy bunches of their yummy chocolates to bring home.. OH! and it was amazing that when they bagged your souveniers they put these... More

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58 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We stopped off here after our Hoover dam tour. The place is ok. I wouldn't say you should make a special Journey as you will be disappointed. If your passing by then drop in. The factory is nothing more than a plexiglass shield with some workers behind it. It lasts all of 2 minutes. It is free though and you... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you're driving in between Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, this is a nice place to stop --- but it's short and mostly a store. The cactus garden is very cool, and is free to walk around. The factory tour isn't so much a tour, but rather an opportunity to watch people making chocolate, which is sort of cool. They... More

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Taylorsville, Utah
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The chocolate factory tour was fun and interesting, but pretty simple and quick. The chocolates are very tasty, but very expensive. The highlight for us was the cactus garden outside. It is just beautiful with interpretive signage about the different species. We loved walking through it and reading all of the interesting facts and tidbits. Compared to the incessant noise... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have visited this attraction in all four seasons. The choc is outstanding, made with quality ingredients but as others have stated, the quality does not come cheap. I, in particular, really enjoy the desert botanical garden. In a relatively small space they have created a wonderful, diversified, desert scape. If you look closely, there are also rabbits, road runners,... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

These chocolates are wonderful but are very expensive. We're from Colorado so they're not available there. It's worth the side trip to the factory for the self-guided tour of chocolate making and a great selection of chocolates and truffles. There's also the M&M store in the same building which is fun to check out.

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