In New Orleans, we take snoballs very seriously. The season extends even longer than actual summer (though it admittedly gets hotter long before official summer too), and it’s a joyous return when it does, despite the heat that may come with it. Snoballs are the perfect sweet treat on a hot day, whether you like them fruity, creamy, with ice cream in the middle or drenched in condensed milk.
While you can find plenty of snoball stands in New Orleans, a few of them really get it right. Here are three of the best snoball stands in the city.
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz (Uptown – 4801 Tchoupitoulas St)
Guaranteed, you will wait in some sort of line for a Hansen’s snoball, but it will always be worth it. This Uptown gem makes all of its own flavors using Mary Hansen’s original and secret recipes from back when she opened the joint with her husband Ernest in 1939. They even use the original machine they had back in the day. They make the snoballs in layers so that the snoball is packed with flavor all the way down to the very bottom.
Pandora’s (Mid-City – 901 N Carrolton Ave)
You can bet that especially on a hot day, this snoball corner store always has a line as well. It’s tucked into the middle of Mid-City just blocks away from City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art and sits right on the Canal St streetcar line for easy access. This stand is also known for getting heavy-handed on the syrup, so if you like your snoball particularly sweet, Pandora’s will hit it right out of the park—City Park, that is.
Plum Street (Uptown – 1300 Burdette St)
This is the snoball stand you’ll find most often featured at all of the local festivals, where Plum Street can always be counted on to provide some of the best snoballs in the city to some of the hungriest and hottest guests at the fests. Located Uptown near Carrollton Ave and Tulane and Loyola Universities, Plum St is a favorite and standard tradition for snoball lovers young and old alike.
In the thick of the summer, you can’t savor the flavors to cure your sweet tooth better than snoballs in New Orleans. Try any of these local snowy hotspots, and you’ll be glad you included at least one on your trip to New Orleans.