Las Vegas Strip Sweetness Factor: Hershey’s vs M&Ms worlds

Located across the street from one another on undoubtedly the sweetest intersection of the Las Vegas Strip, Hershey’s Chocolate World and M&Ms World satisfy tourists’ sugar cravings and boost the dental industry 365 days a year.

Due to their closeness in proximity and general candy-esque retail theme, we decided to compare the sweetness factor of these two mammoth Las Vegas shops. We compared everything about Hershey’s Chocolate World and M&Ms World from their exteriors to the photo opportunities found inside:

Sweet exterior

M&M's World Las Vegas

 

Hershey’s: A gorgeous 74-foot façade that complements the exterior of the New York-New York hotel with an enormous LED screen, eight giant floating Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Ranchers stained glass and an 18-foot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, painted to match the exact colors of an authentic peanut butter cup (actual peanut butter cup used in the paint-picking process).

M&Ms: Cute and colorful plastic yellow, green and red M&Ms guys chilling next to a big neon-lit bag of peanut butter M&Ms spilling out above the doors.

The winner: Hershey’s Chocolate World

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Sweet edible merchandise

M&M's World Las Vegas

 

Hershey’s: There are more than 800 types of Hershey’s brand products, a wall of self-serve Hershey’s Kisses in various flavors and colors, a wall of self-serve Jolly Ranchers in a variety of flavors and a bakery counter offering delectable freshly-made items including mouthwatering s’mores and fancy-looking candy apples.

M&Ms: M&M products and an M&Ms wall spanning more than 62 feet wide that includes 125 tubes of colorful M&M’s, offering 22 varieties and 11 flavors.

The winner: This one is a draw. The bakery counter and variety of products gives Hershey’s a slight edge, but we would be remiss to acknowledge that M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hands, and with more than 300 sunny days a year in Vegas that’s always a winning proposition.

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Sweet non-edible merchandise

M&M's World Las Vegas

 

Hershey’s: Spanning two floors and 13,000-square-feet, there’s a variety of retail offerings for just about every brand of Hershey’s candy, including T-shirts, mugs, cups, key chains, ear buds, soccer balls, tote bags, Hershey’s Kiss- shaped plush pillows and a variety of other plush items.

M&Ms: Four floors of merchandise spanning 28,000-square-feet including luggage, tote bags, cookie cutters, aprons, measuring cups, spatulas, utensils, glassware, lip gloss, tank tops, knee-high socks, soccer balls, footballs, Frisbees, basketballs, golf club covers, roulette candy dishes, paper clips, pens, laptop covers, business card holders, tape dispensers, notepads and even a Rolodex. There’s also Vegas-themed merchandise like slot machine dispensers and dice.

The winner: M&Ms World

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Sweet interaction

M&M's World Las Vegas

Hershey’s:  Touch screens allow you to send your friends a virtual Hershey’s Kiss, view a timeline of Hershey’s history, design a candy bar wrapper or discover your ideal Reese’s combination of chocolate and peanut butter. You can also customize a Hershey’s bar.

M&Ms: You can create your very own personalized M&Ms at a printer machine with 16 colors and 14 printable Las Vegas icons such as the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, a deck of cards, wedding bells, champagne and more. There is also a free and fun 3-D movie, “I Lost My ‘M’ in Vegas,” that shows daily.

The winner: M&Ms World

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Sweet photo opps

M&M's World Las Vegas

 

Hershey’s: An 800-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty carved from Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. A replica of the Empire State Building made from 1,800 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars. Hershey’s chocolate and strawberry syrup bottles that are bigger than a human head. On special occasions, there are Hershey’s-themed costumed characters.

M&Ms: Statues of the M&M guys in front of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, funny fictional M&Ms movie posters and a timeline of M&Ms’ evolution along the walls of the escalators and a  full-sized NASCAR race car.

The winner: Hershey’s Chocolate World

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