Summer Is Sno-Ball Time

Jul 2, 2015 at 10:36 am |
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When I first moved to New Orleans I heard about these sno-balls. I assumed they were like snow cones, which just reminded me of childhood and those colorful, syrupy “flavors” they put on.

“Yeah, big deal,” said the jaded New Yorker in me. Boy was I mistaken. Sno-balls, which are much like the Hawaiian version, use shaved ice instead of crushed ice. So the result is powdery snowy goodness instead of crunchy particles. The ice also absorbs the flavored syrup instead of it sinking to the bottom. The flavors are amazing – Some shops will have dozens and dozens of flavors from tart orange to creamy birthday cake to floral honey lavender. You can also get toppings like condensed milk or coconut cream.


Sno-Ball stands are easy to find in Louisiana.


A typical sno-ball menu. A lot more choices than “grape” and “red”.

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At the famous Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.

If you’re down south or pass a rare stand somewhere else in the country, don’t hesitate to grab yourself a sno-ball. Seriously, you won’t regret it.

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