SANDY — At the risk of sounding hopelessly cheesy, I've got to say that Chill is a great place to, well, chill out after a round of Christmas shopping.

This new Sandy purveyor of all things cold, sweet and creamy is especially good for groups: Everyone in the party, from the diabetic to the health-food fan to the possessor of a powerful sweet tooth, will find something of high quality and good taste.

Chill has a comfortable sitting space with a curvy sofa-like black banquette, a few tables and a bar, all nicely spaced. There also are tables outside, which seems wildly optimistic this time of year but will be nice come summer.

On the weekend evening that we visited Chill, we sampled a broad cross-section of the menu, which includes cones, smoothies, shakes and sundaes made with all-natural, super-premium ice cream, or with fat-free, low-calorie (and, for one flavor a day, sugar-free) frozen yogurt.

There are waffle cones cooked on the premises, fruit that's obviously fresh, whipped cream dispensed from one of those fancy pressurized chrome dispensers, and luscious, chewy, house-made brownies. In other words, the painstaking touches and high quality are easy to spot.

The first thing I tasted at Chill was a sample of fat-free, sugar-free, pumpkin-pie yogurt. I wasn't enthusiastic about it going in, but it was surprisingly good, creamy and lightly sweet with lots of pie spices.

The regular (but still fat-free and low-calorie) frozen yogurt was good, too. We tried the frosty, slightly tangy Irish-mint variety with — get this — fat-free chocolate chips. They were pretty good, too — I mean, no one's going to mistake them for 72 percent cacao Guittard, but if you're the kind of person who needs her indulgences guilt-free, you can't do much better than this healthful version of mint-chocolate chip.

Speaking of which, the kids had the real thing, a scoop of Chill's award-winning, mint-chocolate chip ice cream, sprinkled, in this case, with crunchy, crushed Oreos. They also had dark-chocolate ice cream topped with brownie chunks and super-tangy rainbow sherbet topped with mini-gummy bears.

My husband and I had sundaes. He had the hot fudge brownie and I had the mud pie. The generously sized brownie sundae was a nice version, with French vanilla ice cream, thick and gooey hot fudge, chopped nuts, brownies and a big swirl of whipped cream.

Being a fan of coffee ice cream, I really enjoyed my mud-pie sundae. Usually, it comes with espresso-bean ice cream, but the staff substituted intense and nutty coffee-almond fudge, topping it with hot fudge, Oreos, toasted almonds and cream.

On the way home, we tried unsuccessfully to rescue our waistlines by passing around the wonderful Tropical Paradise smoothie, a blend of passionfruit mango juice, pineapples, mangoes, bananas and orange sherbet, plus (at our request) an immunity boost of echinacea, vitamin C and zinc. Like I said, perfect for this time of year.

Cones $1.99-$4.99 (or $6.99/quart), smoothies $3.29-$4.49, shakes and floats $3.99-$4.99, sundaes $4.79-$5.79.

Chill

Rating: ***

Where: 9096 Village Shop Drive, Sandy

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Payment: Major credit cards accepted

Phone: 878-8405

Wheelchair access: Easy


Stacey Kratz is a freelance writer who reviews restaurants for the Deseret Morning News. E-mail: [email protected]