In search of the big chill

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column is written by Tess Furey and Hannah Soderborg, a Fruita Monument High School student and summer intern at The Daily Sentinel.

With the summer heat in all of its glory, there are only so many places that can help control the sweating and the panting.

You might try a dip in the Colorado River, or lie down in the frozen aisle of the grocery store. (But, that’s usually frowned upon and potentially dangerous.)

One solution that is both satisfying and harmless, other than an occasional brain freeze, is frozen desserts.

There is something wonderful about letting an icy treat slip down your throat and refrigerate you from the inside out.

Brightly colored snow cones, buttery ice cream and frozen custard are the stuff of summer memories.

Where do you go when it’s 102 degrees in the shade, or worse yet, on a muggy day when the swamp cooler is not pulling its weight?

West of Philly Deli: This newly opened and family-owned deli sells Dippin’Dots, which are wildly popular with the little ones.

They also have shakes, homemade baked goods and, of course, Philly cheese steaks. (2486 Patterson Road.)

Enstrom Candies: Toffee isn’t the only thing that makes Enstrom famous. They also morph the candy into ice cream flavors.

Enstrom Toffee Lovers is great when you’re craving the toffee, but need to cool down. (701 Colorado Ave.)

Good Times: Freshly made every two hours, Good Times’ frozen custard is one of Hannah’s favorites.

Bring your pooch to cool down, too. Good Times has a veterinarian-approved doggy treat called the Paw Bender. The custard and biscuit treat with peanut butter sauce is a buck, and proceeds go to local animal shelters. (2301 North Ave.)

Sno cones: A light alternative to ice cream. With flavors such as banana cream pie, black cherry, cotton candy, daiquiri, French vanilla, pink champagne and wedding cake, who could resist?

Tiger’s Blood — a mix of watermelon, strawberry and coconut — is the bestseller at two different stands. Slick Rock Snow Cones, 2258 Broadway, is in the parking lot of Redlands Canyon View Car Wash. Snow Shack, 113 N. Park Square, is in Fruita.

Fresh from the farm: Graff Dairy has been operating for nearly 50 years.

Along with the working dairy farm, Graff operates a store and ice cream drive-through. You can buy gallons of ice cream or just stop by for a soft-serve cone, float, sundae or malt.

Vanilla and chocolate and a twin twist are always available, plus the flavor of the day. Seasonal flavors in the offing: Peach, in honor of Palisade’s abundant harvest; pumpkin for autumn and eggnog for the Christmas season.

Second-generation customers stop by for fresh milk, cream and cheese. Graff’s mild cheddar makes for a good grilled-cheese sandwich and half-a-gallon of milk, full octane or low-fat varieties, is $2. (581 29 Road)

Adult beverage: Thanks to the “Real Housewives of New York,” we have the Skinny Patron Margarita at Chili’s Bar & Grill. It’s a 100-calorie Patron Reposada Tequila icy cocktail with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar-free triple sec and a splash of Patron Citronge orange liqueur, $6.79. (584 24 ½ Road)

BLUE BANDWAGON: Several new members have joined the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s drive to encourage local shopping.

Enzo’s Pizzeria & Italian Caf&233;, 10 percent off entrees and pasta, after 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (759 Horizon Drive)

Dream Caf&233;, 15 percent off food and drinks. (314 Main St.)

Famous Dave’s, rotating happy hour specials. (2440 U.S. Highway 6&50)

Four Winds Coffee & Tea, 10 percent off total order. (1235 Bookcliff Ave.)

DINNER & A MOVIE: “2001 Space Odyssey,” 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Avalon Theatre. Two free admissions with a Tuesday dinner receipt from a downtown restaurant.

QUOTE: “Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.” — Thomas Walker

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