The height of the summer season is upon New Orleans and the softly shaven indulgence of a snoball helps keep the heat and sweat in check. New Orleans Snoballs are different than snow cones that are found around the country. The machines in New Orleans shave the ice to a more fluffy consistency.
Listed here are the top five snoball stands in and around the city. Information regarding buses and streetcars to get to these destinations is also included. Take some time to savor a delicious snoball and cool down before heading out for another leg of exploration in the city at night. Some local places of interest are also mentioned.
These are not the only snoball stands or places to get this treat. However, the ones listed here have been local favorites with histories that go back to the Depression. It is a great way to keep cool in these hot days when taking it easy is the best thing to do in the Big Easy.
901 North Carrollton Avenue (504) 486-8644 Monday-Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Nick Pizzalato has been the owner for the past 17 years. Pandora opened in 1968.
Pandora has the most finely shaved ice, and 140 flavors including sugar-free and stuffed sno-balls (ice cream in the middle). Strawberry is the number one flavor sold. Wedding Cake is also a favorite, especially as a “stuffed” snoball (that is, with ice cream in the middle). Small snacks are also available at the stand.
There’s a bit of a wait, but well worth it. The stand is located in the Bayou St. John area in Mid-City, but RTA (Regional Transit Authority) bus # 91 (Jackson-Esplanade) will take you there and back downtown.
A good idea is to get a snoball at Pandora’s before heading to the New Orleans Museum of Art on a Friday night (which closes at 9 p.m.) by hopping on the Canal Streetcar (City Park/Museum).
1823 Metairie Avenue (504) 666-1823 email@example.com Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday pm to 11 p.m.
Sal’s SnoBalls is located in Old Metairie and was opened in 1960.
Steven Bel is the current owner. He worked at Sal’s since he was 8-years old, starting by picking up the trash around the stand. Later, Sal’s was a client he delivered ice to when he started his own business. When he was 25, he bought Sal’s Sno-balls.
Steven Bel said, “We make our syrup every day.”
Some of the unique snoballs to Sal’s is the Joker (berry flavors mixed together), Robin (named after Sal’s first granddaughter and has Ice Cream and Nectar flavors in it), the Purple Dawn (named after Sal’s last granddaughter and has Strawberry and Spearmint), and the Cherry Sip (a mixture of Chocolate and Cherry). Chocolate and Strawberry is the most popular flavor.
4801 Tchoupitoulas Street (504) 891-9788 www.snobliz.com firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The current owner is Ashley Hansen, who helped her grandparents run the stand since she was 12-years old. The stand was opened in 1939.
Established by Ernest Hansen, a machinist, who received a patent for his machine while his wife, Mary, developed recipes for the syrups.
The flavors and toppings are made in-house and from original recipes
Unusual flavor: Ginger-Cayenne (Sarah’s own). Hansen’s Sno-Bliz also has sugar-free flavors as well as sundaes.
The Sundaes come as “basic” (with ice, syrup, cream, pineapple and cherry); “duper” adds marshmallow; and, the “atomic” comes with ice cream. They have the traditional Nectar Cream as well as their namesake “Sno-Bliz” made with a grapefruit and strawberry flavor combination.
The stand is on the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) bus line # 10 (Tchoupitoulas) and can also be reached with a little walking by the Magazine bus #11. After a refreshing treat, it is within walking distance of Magazine Street where shops and galleries are located. Also, the Pyrtania Theater is nearby at 5339 Prytania Street.
Plum Street Snoballs
1300 Burdette St New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 866-7996 http://www.plumstreetsnoball.com Toni@plumstreetsnoball.com for catering.
The location can be difficult to find. It is in Uptown New Orleans on the block of Plum Street and Burdette Street (near Tulane University in between Broadway and Carrolton). This stand is one of the oldest in the city, established in 1945 by Sydney Williams.
They are open Sunday through Friday from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and on Saturday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. The new location is in Metairie in Lafreniere Park near the new Splash Pad & Carousel Area and is open Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Catering is available all year. Check RTA bus schedules to get there from your location.
The owners are Claude and Donna Black. Although the Plum Street Snoball stand has been a New Orleans institution since 1945, the Blacks became operators in 1979. One of their own specialties is the sweetened condensed milk on top of your favorite flavor snoball.
The head office is located at 101 River Road, but a great location to get a snoball is at the SnoBall Shoppe at 4001 Magazine Street. Check the #11 Magazine bus through the RTA (Regional Transit Authority).
Post-Depression era grocery store owner in New Orleans, George J. Ortolano, saw the desire for this summer time treat and developed his own ice-shaving machine, to create a fine fluffy snow. He used his experience in shipbuilding for improvements to his machine. He named it the “SnoWizard SnoBall Machine,” the first use of the word snoball.
SnoWizard has over 150 flavors including such favorites as: Dreamsicle, Cherry, Bubble Gum, Chocolate, Strawberry, and many others. Some of the New Orleans traditional flavors available are: Creole Cream Cheese, King Cake, and Nectar.
There are a couple of unusual flavors, such as: Cajun Red Hot, Chai Lattea, Margarita, and Tidal Wave and new flavors like: Doberge Cake, Jalapeno Stinger, Key Lime Pie and Toasted Marshmallow.