That does it! No Valentine toffee going to legislators this Feb. 14
Enstrom Candies does not want Colorado’s speaker of the house to be its valentine.
Derogatory comments from Rep. Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, are prompting Rick Enstrom, head of Enstrom Candies stores on the Front Range, to donate 200 pounds of the company’s hallmark toffee to a Denver nonprofit agency instead of giving the toffee to state legislators.
The company has given the candy to legislators each Valentine’s Day for years but is skipping that tradition this year after Ferrandino reportedly called the toffee “the fruitcake of the confectionery world.”
Enstrom said Ferrandino made the comment several times, including once about six months ago to Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster and former CMU Trustee Lena Elliott last summer and again recently to Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels, as reported in her blog.
“It’s not a socially graceful thing to say,” Enstrom said. “I’m just saying, the message was received loud and clear.”
Enstrom, who ran unsuccessfully for his own seat in the legislature in 2012, said Ferrandino turning his nose up at the Grand Junction-based company’s toffee is “a tempest in a teapot” but is part of what he sees as an ongoing derision at the state level for rural Colorado.
He said he looks forward to donating the toffee instead to the Rose Andom Center, which provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families.
“They’ll be tickled,” Enstrom said.