Enstrom Candies Inc
701 Colorado Avenue
Grand Junction CO, 81501
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The history of this confectionery family dates back to 1919, when Chester K. “Chet” Enstrom got his start in the candy business. At 17 years of age, Chet went to work in the ice cream factory at Barthel’s Confectionery in Colorado Springs. Often, when his shift ended, he would help out across the street in the adjacent candy factory, and he quietly began learning the candy-maker’s art.
In 1929, Chet and his bride, Vernie, packed up their Model T and drove the rut-filled roads to Grand Junction, Colorado to begin a new life. There Chet and a partner, Harry Jones, launched the Jones-Enstrom Ice Cream Company, a business he pursued for the next thirty years.
“We’re just making a little almond toffee for a few of our friends.”
By 1960, his almond toffee had begun to develop a reputation and, at the urging of those early gift-recipients, Chet founded Enstrom Candies. Chet and Vernie planned to make their new “Candy Kitchen” a mom-and-pop operation, but the orders kept flooding in. By 1965, Enstrom was shipping almond toffee worldwide and Chet sold the business to his son and daughter-in-law, Emil and Mary Enstrom, so he could pursue a political career in the Colorado State Senate.
Under the direction of Emil and Mary, Enstrom Candies thrived. In 1979, their daughter, Jamee and her husband, Doug Simons, joined the Company. In 1990, Chet’s grandson, Rick, and his wife Linda, opened a retail store in Denver’s Cherry Creek North. In 1993, Jamee and Doug purchased the business and continued building the Company.
“...every batch of traditional almond toffee is still made by hand with only the finest, freshest ingredients”
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