Invitation to view Easter egg decorators work their magic at Enstrom Candies merits early mention

QUICKREAD

• WHAT: Enstrom Candies’ Easter egg decorating.

• WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

• WHERE: 701 Colorado Ave.

• COST: Free to watch.



It’s so irritating when retailers and advertisers trot out the next holiday promotion months before the actual day.

Who wants to see Valentine’s Day gifts right after Christmas? Or Halloween swag right after the Fourth of July?

But at the risk of annoying you, I’m going to mention Easter because Enstrom Candies lets anybody come into the downtown location and watch the decorators create Easter eggs.

Easter is still five weeks away, but the ladies at Enstrom’s are already busy making cream-filled eggs for the holiday.

From behind a glass wall in the viewing area, you can watch the small creations take shape.

Each egg is painstakingly piped with icing in the shapes of bunnies, chicks, Easter baskets, ladybugs or dinosaurs. The top of the egg is unadorned so customers can have the name of a child or grandchild swirled on top.

Egg flavors are peanut butter, Swiss cream, vanilla fudge, coconut cream, pecan fudge, vanilla nut and tutti-frutti.

Enstrom’s makes more than a thousand every year.

The eggs are a holiday tradition for some Grand Valley residents, said Charlene Watson, retail area manager. Some families order a large egg and serve it in slices.

The egg decorating is fun for children to watch, but parents beware: The Enstrom’s store is filled with chocolatey confections and a rainbow of toy-like candy, a virtual fantasyland of sugar.

You could, however, steer the kids to the ice cream counter for a single scoop and stop at the coffee bar to get yourself a pick-me-up.

And I should mention that Enstrom’s offers sugar-free confections sweetened by maltitol.

Enstrom’s definitely has all the holidays covered, and gift sales make up a large chunk of its business: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Secretary’s Day, Mother and Father’s days, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The shipping department delivers gift packages to China, Japan and England, largely sold by word-of-mouth.

A couple of years ago, I sent a 2-pound box of Enstrom’s toffee to my nephew’s apartment where the family was gathering for Christmas.

When my sister never mentioned it, I asked her if it had gotten there. Well, said nephew, the little toad, ate the whole thing.

Enstrom’s inspires giving, but apparently, a little bit of greed, too.

NO SOUP FOR YOU: Thank goodness Grand Junction doesn’t have any imperious chefs, at least not to the degree of some big city maestros.

The New York Times recently reported these restrictions on both coasts and in between:

Murray’s Bagels in Greenwich Village refuses to toast its bagels.

The chef-owner of the Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant Graham Elliot does not serve decaffeinated coffee at his new café, Grahamwich.

At New York’s Zucco, ketchup and Budweiser are banned.

The Pink Poodle in San Francisco will not supply salt or pepper because the chef seasons every dish “perfectly.”

New Orleans star Paul Prudhomme prohibits dining companions from ordering the same dish.

The Spotted Pig in the West Village serves hamburgers with Roquefort cheese or nothing at all.

Café Grumpy in Brooklyn won’t prepare coffee to go. Coffee shall never touch a paper cup, said owner Caroline Bell.

And one Manhattan bistro that specializes in French fries has a chalkboard in front informing diners, “No ketchup.”

Really? Have these tyrants watched the Soup Nazi episode on “Seinfeld” one too many times?

QUOTE: “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” — Erma Bombeck

Send tips and ideas to Tess.Furey@ gjsentinel.com.



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