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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 6 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 6 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

2016 Mardi Grad…

Feb 6 - 9, 2016
Mardi Gras - 2016 Parade Schedule Sat,… more

Amanda Ducorbier

Feb 6 - 27, 2016
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel more

Backyard Grooves

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

Double Dose

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
ActionActionReaction and friends keep the dance floor energized with mixes of… more

Mama's Music

Feb 06, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin… more

Mardi Gras Balcony…

Feb 6 - 9, 2016
MARDI GRAS BOURBON STREET BALCONY TICKETS 6 HOURS OPEN BAR, LOUISIANA BUFFET… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 6 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 6 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 6 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The House of Groove

Feb 06, 2016
The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey… more

The Photography of…

Feb 6 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 6 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Bacchus Bash

Feb 7 - 7, 2016
Bacchus Bash, the annual Mardi Gras extravaganza, returns Sunday, February 7.… more

Ultimate Louisiana…

Feb 7 - 9, 2016
This is a three-day festival from Feb 7th-9th, 2016. The Human Circuit plays… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 08, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Krewe of Orpheus -…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Experience a side of Mardi Gras seldom seen by New Orleanians or visitors, and… more

Krewe of Orpheus…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join us for the Orpheus Parade. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its… more

Lundi Gras at the…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join our Lundi Gras Celebration– kid style! Decorate your own king cake.… more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 6 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

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.

 

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.

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.