Nothing beats the summer heat in New Orleans like a refreshing sno-ball. Sno-balls are as uniquely New Orleans as the hot, muggy summers themselves. Try these sno-ball locations, some old and one new, to lower your internal temperature!
Uptown New Orleans is graced with Hansen's, a well-known local favorite that has been churning out sno-balls since the Great Depression. Hansen's Sno-Bliz was created by Ernest Hansen in 1939, and Hansen's wife, being a great Italian cook, created her own line of syrups for the sno-balls. Hansen's Sno-Bliz is now successfully owned and operated by Ernest's granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, who grew up making sno-balls with her grandparents since she was 12. 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9788, snobliz.square.site
Plum Street Snoballs
Enjoy a summer treat at Plum St. Snowballs in the New Orleans Garden District. Opened since 1945 and currently owned by Donna and Claude Black, Plum St. Snoballs offers signature sno-balls like "Orchid" and Homemade Chocolate (of course with their homemade condensed milk), perfectly presented inside Chinese-style take-out containers. Its hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plum St. Snoballs is also available for off-site catering. 1300 Burdette St., 504-866-7996, facebook.com/Plum-Street-Snoballs
Sal's Sno-Ball Stand
Sal's, currently owned by Steven Bell, has been a local favorite since 1960. Customers come from the Old Metairie neighborhood where it is located and from all across New Orleans to enjoy a frozen delicacy while sitting on their renowned oak tree benches. The stand is open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Some signature snowballs include the "Joker" and "Robin." Sals's operates seasonally and is well known for using the same exact recipes for the last 61 years. 1823 Metairie Ave., Metairie, 504-666-1823, facebook.com/Sals-Sno-Balls
And the latest addition to the New Orleans sno-ball scene is Charley's Snoballs, located in front of the Blue Crab Restaurant on Lakeshore Drive. The stand-alone sno-ball venture was the brainchild of 16-year-old Charley, daughter of one of the Blue Crab partners who is also an investor in Sno Balls to Go, which found in local groceries and convenience stores. Charley astutely noticed the lack of a snowball stand on the New Orleans Lakefront itself and thought she could capture a share of the market. The freshly designed sno-ball trailer is fully equipped and moveable in case of inclement hurricane forecasts as it outside of the levee protection system. Currently open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, the entire venture is operated by Mt. Carmel Seniors. Plans to offer all natural sno-balls and to expand opening hours are in the works. 7900 Lakeshore Drive, 504-284-2898