Ross & the Chocolate Factory
Every boy has a dream. For Charlie, it was to see inside Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory as in the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Chocolate is so sweet. It’s that smell, taste and texture that makes you feel warm and fuzzy whether you’re four years old or 40. “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” is one of my favorite films. Not only is the chocolate factory a place made entirely out of chocolate, but a place where dreams come true.
If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, Ethel M. Chocolates just might be the place for you to fulfill your cravings.
In 1911, in Tacoma, Washington, Frank and Ethel Mars made and sold chocolate right from their kitchen. Mars, Inc. is one the best and biggest seller of chocolate candies. Some of their famous brands include Snickers, my personal favorite and M&Ms.
Frank and Ethel’s son, Forrest Mars Sr., started Ethel M Chocolates in 1981 to honor his mother, Ethel.
Their philosophy of providing outstanding chocolate taste with no preservatives stands as strong as Ethel’s long-lasting tradition and inspiration.
My sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece
Ethel M Chocolates is nothing like Willy Wonka’s factory, but you can view large windows displaying workers wearing blue hard hats and mixing up the chocolate through various machines. No, there’s no umpaloompas and no chocolate river.
The tour is self-guided. You can read the back wall for the factory’s history. I wouldn’t lick the wallpaper. I doubt they taste like schnoz-berries.
The History of Chocolate
And here's the CHOCOLATE!!!
It’s a short distance to the end of the viewing area of the factory, but at the end a worker stands behind a glass counter, handing out free samples of dark, milk and white chocolates. Yummy!
The factory ends at the entrance to the Ethel M. Chocolates Store where all sorts of chocolates can be found, purchased and devoured. They look SO good! (Beware: Also SO expensive.)
At the entrance of the building is an M&M Store where you can purchase all kinds of clothes, hats and gimmicks for kids.
Hummingbirds like it!
If the kids are now all jumping around with a serious sugar high, you can then take them through the beautiful cactus garden and hopefully they will be less hyper on your car ride home.
Sharing the experience is what it's about!
"I've got a golden ticket."
So, if you need to get the kids out of the house or want to take a romantic stroll with your significant other, Ethel M. Chocolates is the place to go.
Although Wonka Bars are from a different chocolate company, you may walk out singing “I’ve got a golden ticket.”
Ethel M Chocolates Factory is in Las Vegas, Nevada. See link for more information.
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