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New Orleans’ Love Affair with the Sno-Ball

New Orleans Sno-Ball

Summertime seems to evoke childhood memories in small moments of sensory experiences: the smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of a cannonball into a pool — but nothing seems to capture the simple delights of youth better than the sweet taste of an ice-cold sno-ball, a New Orleans mainstay since the 1930s.

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At first glance, this Southern treat seems simplistic: ice, color and flavoring. But like most time-honored traditions, the beauty lies in the details. Instead of crunchy, watery ice, you’ll find smooth, finely shaved ice that seems to accomplish a fluffy consistency. Rather than the rudimentary “blue flavor” or “red flavor” choices, you’ll discover a seemingly endless spectrum of flavors that rival Willy Wonka’s ingenuity: bananas foster, roasted marshmallow, wedding cake, Georgia peach, honeydew melon and orchid cream vanilla. And don’t forget the add-ons: toppings of sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, sprinkles or caramel, as well as the option for a creamy center of ice cream or yogurt stuffed inside.

Sno-balls

New Orleans’ sno-ball stands are typically open from March through October, gracing the steamy summer months with an icy reprieve, and many of them serve up original family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Regardless of whether you go with a long-standing favorite or an inventive new flavor, it’s easy to discover why sno-balls have garnered a loyal following in New Orleans, from both kids and kids at heart.