Who Can Resist a Chocolate Factory?

We've had a busy couple of weeks and now it's time to head for home. Back to school and to work for some. Back to the new reality of being retired and writing full time for me. I'll have just enough time to get things organized before our next trip down this way for the National Finals rodeo. We haven't been for a number of years and I'm really looking forward to it.

But that is for another day. First things first. Before leaving Las Vegas, we made a visit out to Ethel. M's Chocolates in Henderson. Not only do they make some of the best chocolate around, this is also the home of Nevada's largest botanical cactus garden. The four-acre garden is covered with cacti and drought tolerant succulents. Most are native to the American Southwest, but there are desert trees and shrubs from Australia and South America as well. We were a little early for the Lights, Chocolate, Holidays! Christmas light display they have each year, complete with Santa and choirs. It runs from November 11 - January 1 and is worth a visit. Admission is free all year.

View of the cactus garden from the store
When you visit Ethel M's, be sure to take a walk through the self-guided viewing aisle where you can see chocolatiers making delicious small batch chocolates and brittles.

Mmmm, chocolate hearts

Hard at work in the candy factory

This was our grandson's favorite view
And don't forget to pick up your sample before you head into the store.

Be sure to get your sample of milk or white chocolate from the cheerful staff!
Your next stop is the chocolate shop itself where you will have a tough time deciding just which of the delicious chocolates and sweets you'd like to take home. We decided to design our own box with everyone's favorites! And we couldn't leave without some of their yummy brittle.

Hmmm...so many choices including champagne!
If you have time, stop in at the M&M store that's in the same building. Right now they have a fun Star Wars M&M fleece throw gift with purchase that is great for a gift or to keep in the car. They always seem to have discount coupons as well so be sure to pick one up at the counter. This time, one side was for M&M and the other for Ethel M's.

It was a fun morning and we even managed to get a bit of early Christmas shopping done.



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