Ethel M Peanut Butters
(Sept. 19 Photo) Peanut butter and chocolate. A tale as old as time, and one of my favorite flavor pairings. When you bite in to one of these, you get the perfect combination of milk chocolate shell and peanut butter. Over 2,500 pounds of peanuts are ground in-house every year for their peanut butter. They are actually "peanuts" and I've never seen another chocolate quite like it.
I don't want to make it seem like Ethel M is just "peanut butters". They have incredible Sea Salt Carmel Dark Chocolates, fun things like Lemon Satin Creme Dark Chocolates, and seasonal selections like Cinnamon Pecan Chocolate Truffles.
These are a special treat in my family and we always try to get a box when we are in Las Vegas. Ethel M will ship them to you if you have to have some right now. In fact, they're offering free shipping over $45 at the moment.
If you do make it to Las Vegas, make sure you look into their chocolate experiences. The factory is less than a half hour from the strip in Henderson, NV. If you plan on stopping by, they offer a "self guided viewing aisle" to spy on the chocolate making process. You can also take a walk through the largest botanical cactus garden in the Southwest United States.
November 7th is their Holiday Cactus Garden Lighting Ceremony, and it stays glittering through January 3rd. If you plan ahead, they offer full tours, chocolate tasting classes, and free tickets to the cactus lights. If you'd like to stay closer to the strip and everyone in your group is 21+, they even have a chocolate tasting with a glass of wine while on the High Roller observation wheel. The 550ft up in the air tastings are led by an official chocolatier and available on Thursdays from 5:00-8:30pm. Make sure you have a peanut butter!