There’s a day set aside to celebrate just about every kind of food these days. There’s a National Sardine Day, a National Deviled Egg Day and a National Escargot Day. Let’s face it — most people aren’t going to be rushing out to honor those anytime soon, but there is one day that’s actually worth celebrating — Oct 28 is National Chocolate Day. Las Vegas is full of restaurants, pastry shops and candy stores that are perfect for paying homage to chocolate. Here are 10 suggestions:
1) Dig into the S’mores Flatbread at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas. This unique dessert is priced at $12 and is a favorite creation of Executive Chef Billy DeMarco. The flatbread is made with white and milk chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and pizza dough.
2) Pay a visit to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson. You can see chocolates being made and indulge in a free sample. Head to the retail store for a dazzling array of chocolate goodies. During this holiday season you’ll find items like the Crème Liqueur Tin with milk and dark chocolate filled with creamy, premium spirits, and the Cocktail Collection, featuring concoctions like a champagne cocktail and a lemon drop in milk and dark chocolate.
3) On National Chocolate Day SHe by Morton’s inside Crystals at CityCenter will be offering a complimentary Box of Chocolates with the purchase of an entrée. The Box of Chocolates includes Godiva white chocolate cherry, mocha latte and chai homemade truffles.
4) Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor celebrates National Chocolate Day with Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake, which is made with chocolate sponge mousse cake and served with a chocolate fudge glaze, chocolate sauce and vanilla bean gelato.
5) What better place to celebrate National Chocolate Day than Jean Philippe Pâtisserie at the Bellagio? The pastry and chocolate shop has the largest chocolate fountain in the world. The 26-foot fountain circulates nearly two tons of melted dark, milk and white chocolate. At Jean Philippe Pâtisserie, items like pastries and chocolate candies are made on site with more than 80 bakers in the kitchen below the storefront. Everything is made fresh, nothing is made with preservatives. Stop by any time of year and see the beautifully crafted chocolate sculptures that act as the centerpiece to the Pâtisserie. The sculptures change seasonally and are ornate works of edible art.
6) With a name like Sugar Factory, you know there’s got to be lots of chocolate items on the menu. Sugar Factory Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas serves drinks like the Chocoberry with Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Fragoli Strawberry Liqueur and strawberry puree. Other chocolate choices on the menu include Chocolate French Toast made with chocolate stuffed brioche, strawberries and chocolate sauce; chocolate torte; a milk chocolate mousse bar; chocolate fondue and chocolate milkshakes. Head next door to the retail shop where you can find dozens of kinds of chocolate candy, pastries and gelato.
7) For a rich chocolate frozen treat, head to Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace. They are famous for their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a drink that blends 20 different kinds of chocolate into an icy, rich cocoa flavor. There are plenty of other chocolate delights on the menu like chocolate Blackout cake, ice cream sundaes, chocolate malts and shakes.
8) Chocolate junkies absolutely need to visit Max Brenner in the Forum Shops at Caesars. The restaurant serves hot chocolate including a Mexican spicy variety, chocolate milkshakes, chocolate chunk pizza, chocolate chunk cookies, chocolate fondue and the melting chocolate truffle heart cake and shake –- milk and white chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream, red berries and an iced milk chocolate shot. This is also the place to take kids who love chocolate. Max has a kids “secret chocolate menu” including a chocolate burger with strawberry ketchup and vanilla cream mustard; the Yumminummiwoopdidoohoo Chocolate Bagel with peanut butter or hazelnut praline and a whole chocolate bar melted inside; and even chocolate syringes filled with a portion you can squirt directly in your mouth. Visit the retail area next door to buy candies, hot chocolate and more.
9) Payard Pâtisserie at Caesars Palace has a full chocolate shop with delicately flavored chocolates and rich truffles. Try a melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut chocolate, a palate-pleasing pistachio chocolate or an indulgent liqueur-filled chocolate. Payard also has an intricate clock in the middle of the store that dispenses chocolate truffles every 15 minutes –- if you time it right, you’ll hit the jackpot.
10) M&Ms World in the Showcase Mall on the Strip offers four floors of chocolate heaven. One floor features a rainbow wall with 22 different M&Ms colors. The third floor features a station where you can personalize the chocolate candies with your own custom message.