sno-balls

Scott Gold

Every year, the James Beard Foundation recognizes cherished local food businesses distinguished by their timeless appeal. This year, the America's Classic honor was awarded to Hansen's Sno-Bliz, the place where the unique style of the New Orleans sno-ball was invented.


Ian McNulty

It’s no surprise that New Orleanians form intense loyalties to their preferred snoballs. After all, some locals were pratically weaned on them. For those who branch out to new turf, however, the diversity of stands and their flavors is enormous and grows from year to year.

Ian McNulty

Snoballs stands are such a part of the New Orleans scene it’s hard to imagine a time before they were commonplace, but really that time was not so long ago.

Ian McNulty / WWNO

What is a New Orleans snoball? Why, it’s just ice and syrup flavoring, essentially water and sugar. But it’s a combination of water and sugar that you can’t get anywhere else in the world in just the same way.

Ian McNulty

New Orleans, La.


What is a New Orleans snoball? Why, it's just ice and syrup flavoring, essentially water and sugar. But it's a combination of water and sugar that you can't get anywhere else in the world in just the same way.