Chocolate with a Vegas kick

 

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Love Las Vegas and M&M’s? Then you’re all in luck for this next piece hitting the M&M’s World inside Showcase Mall.

I had the pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of the M&M’s “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign this morning. Even Red and Green showed up to the event for picture-taking. However, both were mum about their relationship.

Close-up of M&M's "Welcome to Las Vegas" candy sign

Close-up of M&M's "Welcome to Las Vegas" candy sign

From far away, the 5-foot by-7-foot “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign looks like a painting, or even a quilt. But if you walk up and look at it up close, you’ll see that the sign is made up of individual M&M candies — more than 50,000 to be exact. Local artist Gabe Ortiz spent more than 150 hours working on this project and gluing them by hand. Now that’s a whole lot of candy!

In addition to the new “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, M&M’s World also features the first-ever “My M&M’s” experience. Located on the third floor, “My M&M’s” allows you to personalize the candies with your own custom message.  You can write anything from your name, a special date or any other message that fits two lines (eight characters per line). Personalized M&M’s were available online for the past few years, but never in stores. Now, you’ll have the opportunity to do these in person. It’s fast and easy, and only takes a couple of minutes.

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Green poses with "My M&M's" machine

There are also 14 Las Vegas icons to choose from, including the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, a pair of dice, champagne, wedding bells, triple 7’s, a wedding ring and card suits, to name a few. I like the idea that not only can I choose which messages or icons I want printed on my candy, but I can also pick the colors. My ideal choices are all the shades of purples and blues. Coincidentally, my high school colors were purple and teal.

Watching the process is also a fun and fascinating experience. I had the same excitement as I did when I first watched the making of crayons on “Sesame Street.” If you grew up in my generation, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

The “Welcome to Las Vegas” M&M sign is now on display for all to see. “My M&M’s” are available for $18.99 for 8.5 ounces or $29.99 for 15 ounces.

Now hurry up and get your chocolate fix! You can finally say this piece of chocolate has your name written all over it.

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