Lonely Planet Writer

Las Vegas’ only bean-to-bar chocolatier opens for tours

Few other destinations feature an all-out assault on the senses like Las Vegas. Whether it’s the glittering roulette wheels or the gluttonous buffets and all-day happy hours, Las Vegas has earned its moniker of Sin City.

Located in the heart of the Strip inside Paris Las Vegas.
Located in the heart of the Strip inside Paris Las Vegas.

Adding yet another epicurean experience in Las Vegas, a chocolatier is giving visitors an inside look at the nitty gritty of chocolate making with a tour of their kitchen. Hexx Chocolate + Confexxions (hexxchocolate.com), which bills itself as Nevada’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker, has opened its doors for a tasting and tour experience. Right next to the HEXX Kitchen + Bar restaurant in Paris Las Vegas, the tour features an experience curated by head chocolate makers Matthew Silverman and Matthew Piekarski.

HEXX Chocolate’s flavours are determined by each country of origin.
HEXX Chocolate’s flavours are
determined by each country of origin. Image by Anthony Mair

Guests can sample HEXX chocolates made from just cacao beans and organic palm sugar, discuss chocolate varietals, and ask questions about the process of making the confections – all inside the very kitchen in which the chocolate is made.

Melted Chocolate On Spoon
A variety of tastings take place on the tour.   Image by Getty Images

The Behind the Bar tour informs visitors about how beans are sourced from places like Madagascar or the Dominican Republic, processed on the premises and then cooked into single-origin bars. The tour, which runs every half hour, costs $20 per person and includes a variety of tastings.