How sweet it is: Fourth-generation candy maker on the job

Jim Simons

A member of another generation has gone to work at a family owned business that’s been making candy for more than 50 years.

Jim Simons has moved back to Grand Junction to work at Enstrom Candies. Jim Simons is the youngest son of Doug and Jamee Simons, who own and oversee the operation. Jim Simons is the great-grandson of Chet and Vernie Enstrom, who founded the company in 1960.

“I’m proud to be a fourth-generation candy maker,” Jim Simons said. “I wanted to move back to Grand Junction so that I could experience all aspects of Enstrom Candies and truly understand the business from the ground up. I look forward to continuing the Enstrom family traditions.”

Simons graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He completed an internship in the marketing department of Jelly Belly in 2010 and joined the Enstrom sales team in April 2011.

Enstrom Candies manufactures and sells more than 750,000 pounds of what’s branded as its “world famous” almond toffee each year, the bulk of that purchased as gifts during the holiday season.

In addition, though, Enstrom makes a variety of other chocolates, confections and ice cream.

Enstrom Candies operates retail outlets at 701 Colorado Ave. and 120 W. Park, Suite 100, in Grand Junction and at 401 Kokopelli Blvd., Suite 2, in Fruita as well as outlets in Denver and Arvada. 

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