Sno-Balls are a New Orleans summer tradition similar to what we New Yorkers call Sno-Cones but much better. It's a shaved ice treat that has the super smooth texture of a snowball, and is flavored with homemade syrups. Most flavors can be made "creamy" with the addition of a very New Orleans ingredient, sweetened condensed milk.
|Sno-Ball Sign at the New Orleans Jazz Fest Craft Fair April 2012 (Lexi Van de Walle)|
In 2013, the long lines are worth the wait, and New Orleans shops are even more creative than those of times past with flavors such as Lavender Honey, Pineapple Ginger, Coriander, and Cayenne Spiced Strawberry.
|Locals Enjoying a Snow Ball at the New Orleans Food Fest, March 2013 (Lexi Van de Walle)|
Popularized in the 1930s during the depression, the southern city is home to machines and brands with names like Hanson's Sno-Bliz, Southern Snow, and SnoWizard. Visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum site for more history on the awesome treat.