A very toffee Christmas for all
Tyler Riehl had a sweet reason to work when he should have been off enjoying his Christmas Eve.
The local volunteer with the Salvation Army gladly spent the day driving around in his Toyota 4-Runner loaded to the brim with boxes of donated Enstrom’s toffee to distribute to charities around town.
Thanks to a generous donation of nearly 20,000 pounds of the candy from Enstrom Candies owners Doug and Jamee Simons, the delicate, buttery candy would make its way into the hands of folks who might never be able to afford the delectable treat, Riehl said.
“To get that kind of donation, it’s just incredible,” he said, adding that its retail value at about $380,000 was one of the largest donations ever for the nonprofit group. “The kind of people we’re going to be able to give a box of Enstrom’s to wouldn’t have it otherwise. This will give them a smile.”
Riehl said he was told by Enstrom Candies staffers early Christmas Eve that the company had 10,000 pounds of toffee to donate. A bit later, after calling Doug Simons to thank him,
Riehl was told he could pick up an additional 10,000 pounds of candy before noon.
“I was down there in 10 minutes,” Riehl said.
Riehl delivered two pallets of the boxed candy to Mesa County Catholic Charities and three pallets to the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. About 144 boxes were distributed to local firefighters, and by mid-afternoon, Riehl was searching for a home for the elderly to distribute more of the candy.
Doug Simons said a production glitch in making some of the season’s toffee caused the chocolate to separate from the toffee, though you could hardly notice from the candy distributed around town on Wednesday. Also, sales were down this season by about 5 to 6 percent, causing an overstock of the perishable goods, he said.
“Hopefully it will make everyone’s Christmas a little better,” Simons said. “We’re very happy to do our part. That’s the Christmas spirit.”