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Ross & the Chocolate Factory

Updated on December 29, 2012

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.

Sweet History

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

By the way, the Indians didn't scalp people in order to make chocolate. That's just a piece of my sister's hair.
By the way, the Indians didn't scalp people in order to make chocolate. That's just a piece of my sister's hair. | Source

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.)




M&M Store

At the entrance of the building is an M&M Store where you can purchase all kinds of clothes, hats and gimmicks for kids.





Cactus Garden


Hummingbirds like it!


Sugar High

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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    • Ross H Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Ross H Martin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ethel M Chocolates said on their FaceBook page:

      Wow! Thank you for sharing. This is fantastic. You covered it all....the history, the chocolate, the garden. We're happy to hear that you found your own "Golden ticket!"

    • Ross H Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Ross H Martin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Jean, first of all, thanks for your comment! Yes, it's very cool to see the process. Something like that always takes me back to childhood, favorite movies and of course a LOVe for chocolate!!!

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      Jean Kelsey 

      7 years ago

      I love the whole story and history about chocolate! It is a very powerful food and was used as medicine long ago. I love your comment under the picture about scalping!! That is great :) Isn't amazing to see the entire process of what they do to make chocolate candy?

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Nice hub. I once toured a Hershey's factory in Oakdale, CA. It is no longer producing, but the operations looked similar.

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      7 years ago from Indiana

      Enjoyed this hub and it made me want to visit Ethel M. Chcolates! I am curious about the photos of the humming bird and cactus, I can't seem to tie them to this hub. Voted up, thank you for the information.


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