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New Orleans Snowballs

New Orleans Snowballs

Throughout the summer months (and even in the colder months), New Orleans locals and tourists enjoy this icy treat in a variety of flavors, colors, and styles. Served in a cut or a paper cone, snowballs are made by covering shaved ice with a flavored syrup. New Orleans snowballs (or sno-balls) are truly unique because they were created here and vary greatly from similar desserts in other cities.

This sweet treat has been a staple in New Orleans desserts since before the 1930s, but it was fine-tuned with the invention of the ice-shaving machine in 1933. Before Ernest Hansen's creation, New Orleans snowballs were crunchier because they were manually scraped from ice blocks. For a couple of years, the Hansen family were the only ones to enjoy these finely shaved snowballs until Ernest and his wife, Mary, opened their own storefront, which still runs today. More and more entrepreneurs and sweet treat-lovers began joining the fun and in 1936, grocer George Ortolano created the Sno-Wizard, which is now the most popular machine used throughout Louisiana.

New Orleans snowballs are available all over the city and the flavors and styles range from creamy vanilla and chocolate to super-sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. Some snowball stands offer exclusive flavors, including classic New Orleans delicacies like king cake and banana’s foster. Snowballs are also served in a variety of ways. You can choose to add soft-serve ice cream in the middle for a “stuffed snowball,” or add condensed or evaporated milk as a topping. Visit New Orleans to try some of these incredible finds!

New Orleans Snowballs
Tee-Eva's Old Fashioned Pies & Pralines
5201 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 899-8350
www.tee-evapralines.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Soul Food, Desserts, Creole, Local/Regional Fare, Snowballs

Description: Her heavenly concoctions are famous. But the woman who makes them is just as legendary. For decades Miss Tee-Eva, the unofficial Praline Queen of New Orleans, has welcomed celebrities, locals and travelers into her shop with open arms. Known for her signature pralines (creamy, pecan candies that melt in your mouth), her shop offers other sweet and savory Creole dishes. If you're looking for authentic Southern flavors and hospitality, Tee-Eva welcomes you to stop in for a visit.
Hansen's Sno-Bliz
4801 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 891-9788
www.snobliz.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs

Description: When the weather heats up, locals line up for this 74-year tradition. Snoballs, (not to be confused with snowcones) are NOLA concoctions made by combining fluffy ice and homemade syrups in a layering process. Flavors like Banana, Cardamom and Strawberry Shortcake make for a refreshing, warm weather treat.

*James Beard Award Winner for "American Classics" Award (2014).

Plum St. Snowballs
1300 Burdette Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 866-7996
www.plumstreetsnoball.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs

Description: In New Orleans, snoballs are an essential part of any balanced diet. Snoballs are made with real snow (from generation-old patented ice machines), fruit-flavored syrup, and condensed milk. These traditional summer treats have been served at Plum Street Snoballs since 1945! You’ll love the classic New Orleans flavor and vibes of the Plum Street Snoballs stand. If you’re looking to experience NOLA’s authentic culture, and indulge in some of the tastiest treats only found here, Plum Street is a must-go!
SNO-LA
8108 Hampson St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 327-7669
www.sno-la.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs

Description: At Sno-la "it's more than just a snoball, it's dessert!" We strive to have soft smooth ice, robust flavors, and a friendly atmosphere so you always feel welcome. There are no stumps or logs to sit on, but you can choose to cool off and enjoy your snoball inside or outdoors. Sno-la is home of the original cheesecake stuffed snoball.
The Original New Orleans Snowball
4339 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122 [Map It]
(504) 283-8370

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs
Corner Muse Snack & Snowball
1381 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-1050
www.cornermuse.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Snowballs

Description: Corner Muse Snack & Snowball is the ultimate New Orleans coffee shop. Nestled in a bright blue cottage along Magazine Street, this snack shop is dripping with good vibes. Whether it’s the city’s specialty summer desert – Snowballs – or Corner Muse’s homemade muffins and fair trade coffee drinks or simply the café’s authentic NOLA décor, when you stop in here you feel like home. Locals describe the shop as adorable and quirky, and rave that Corner Muse is the perfect place to stop for good coffee and great conversation.
Imperial Woodpecker
3511 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 264-7170
www.iwsnoballs.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs
Imperial Woodpecker II
1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 264-7170
www.iwsnoballs.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Cuisine Type/s: Snowballs
 
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