One of the places I went while in Las Vegas was the factory for Ethel M Chocolates. They're about 15 minutes off the strip, and pretty easy to get to. If you're traveling to Vegas and don't have time to go to the factory, there are shops in the airport.
A little backstory: Ethel M Chocolates is a specialty gourmet branch within the Mars company, named after Forrest Mars Sr's mother. Apparently he started the project to fight off boredom after retirement. It was established in Nevada, since Nevada allowed the sale of liquor-filled chocolates... which by the way, those liquor filled chocolates are SO good!
My family discovered Ethel M's when we lived in Tucson, with a store at the mall. Even though we moved away from Tucson in 1994, we keep going back to the chocolates for special occasions.
I knew after I signed up for the race, I needed to get to the factory. I had a list of chocolates to get for the family, and after scouting out the store in the airport terminal I flew into, I knew what I needed to get at the factory. The airport store didn't have everything, and my family loves the almond butter krisp the company makes.
If you're at the factory on a busy day, you'll hopefully see the kitchen staff working and making chocolate. I knew since I was going on a Saturday, it would most likely be quiet, but there is a self guided tour with tidbits on the glass as you watch the chocolate process. Then it ends in the store, where you can buy pre-made boxes, or make your own. There are two selection counters where you can get whatever you want for your box.
|This isn't even all the chocolate!|
I'd say I have a chocolate problem, but more than half of what I bought was either for my parents, my grandfather, or chiropractor. I wanted to get my chiropractor a box even before the race since she's kept my body together. I tell you, with my history of injuries, it's not easy.
I'll happily admit I'm done with one of the boxes, but most of the boxes have 16 pieces. 2 pieces a day means it doesn't take me long to get through a box.
So what did I buy? Various boxes of:
Almond Butter Krisp
Dark Chocolate collection
Taste of Las Vegas