Chill Pill Serves Up Some Unbelievably Cool Ice CreamMarch 25, 2015
I’m a sucker for good packaging; sometimes, you just can’t help but judge the book by its cover. When you spot Chill Pill, that’s the first thing you’ll notice: the branding is seriously sweet. Everything about the brand is clever; Chill Pill takes the ice-cream-as-therapy aesthetic and puts a more modern spin on it. The look and feel of it is trendy, but simple enough to keep it from ever getting dated, and the little tubs come in all sorts of pastel colors that are meant to mimic the look of the ice cream inside. Heck, even the labels around it are smart: they call their scoops “the magic remedy for all things life-related”, and have written out witty uses and dosages for the cures their ice cream can give (i.e. the flavor Tequila Flowers comes with a warning that it can increase sassiness and lead to drunk-dialing ex-boyfriends). I’m so impressed that I naturally worry that the contents might not do justice, but thankfully, I’m wrong. What’s inside the cup is just as delicious as the exterior.
Chill Pill is the passion project of siblings Pat, Deb, and Ian Flores, and Ian’s wife Maris Golez. The idea only emerged because they needed something unique to give to their friends at Christmas. Since they all had an affinity for the sweet treat, it was natural that they make ice cream. Funnily enough, it was only after they’d started churning out batches that their mother told them ice cream was indeed in their blood. Turns out, she was a chemist that helped developed McDonald’s soft serve in the Philippines. It was no surprise then, that what was only meant to be a token for friends became so incredibly popular that they were urged to turn it into a full-fledged business. In fact, Chill Pill is so new that they’re currently still operating from home, churning out fresh, small-batch ice cream so you know you’ll be getting your fix fresh.
Currently, there are 7 flavors on their roster, and if you told us to pick a favorite, we couldn’t put our finger on a single one. They’ve created the perfect combinations because they knew they had to both think outside the box, and keep things slightly familiar so they wouldn’t alienate any sweet tooth that likes to play it safe. The Cereal Bowl is a swirl of smooth vanilla studded with fruity cereal, that wouldn’t be out of place at the breakfast table. Campfire Cloud has an unbelievable texture because the marshmallow is churned into the ice cream rather than chucked in in chunks; it creates a thick, gooey consistency that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Silvery Lune is one of our top picks just because it is both delicate and fragrant, mixing berries with the scent of green tea and vanilla. But they’ve got alcoholic, manly ones too, like Whisk O’Honey, which shouldn’t work but does, partly because of the almost-burnt honey shards that bring out the intensity of the whiskey.
Chill Pill does exactly as advertised. Their ice cream is so soothing, that it medicates you on the most dour of days. They never punch your face with flavor, but instead reel you in with sugary subtlety. Start ordering in April though; since Chill Pill’s homemade business has become so popular, they’re expanding due to high demand. You won’t regret getting pints for the summer.
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