Ethel M the Best Chocolates on the Planet

Food | | February 9, 2007 at 11:01

To my palate, the best chocolates I have ever eaten, including all those rich and gooey Godiva’s and other European delicacies, are those of our local Ethel M’s. I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur of chocoate, although I have made it my habit to sample native and imported chocolates as I go around the world. But I’ll go out on a limb and declare these chocolates to be the best balance of sweet and cacao, neither one dominating, both complementing, that I have yet encountered. The little dark chocolate hearts alone are to die for.

There are many sales outlets locally, including several at the airport (handy for last minute shopping as you board your flight), but they also have a good website where you can order and ship online.

As a total aside, The Botanical Gardens next to the factory is drop-dead gorgeous at Christmas. There are millions (at least it seems so) of colored lights and the stroll through this wonderland is a treat for all ages. They do live caroling on certain nights by various choral groups and – "thank you Ethel M!" – spare us all that canned Chrismtas music which bombards our senses everywhere else we go. I know this is February and more Valentine season than Christmas, but keep it in mind for next season. p.s. The Botanical Gardens is intimate, peaceful and replete with a fascinating variety of, what else, indigenous desert vegetation.