Try Googling "snow cones" and see what comes up. It pretty much lands you in Baltimore. The Maryland city claims to be one of the originators of the dessert dating back to the Industrial Revolution when ice was shipped by the truckloads to southern states.
To those in Louisiana who read my intro and immediately spit green from their Styrofoam cups, I sincerely beg your pardon.
Louisiana claims home to the "sno-ball", which is very similar, yet much different from its icy cousin. Like the po'boy sandwich and other renowned cuisine staples from the Crescent City, the sno-ball has humble origins.
In the early 1930s, New Orleans resident Ernest Hansen created an ice-shaving mechanism to help create the treat, which at that time was solely for his family. Unlike similar previous versions of the dessert, which were more coarse ice concoctions, the Hansen icy creation was lighter and fluffy. There began the renowned Hansen's Sno-Bliz, which is still in operation for 78 years on Tchoupitoulas Street. Not a bad run for a business that has served desserts to the American public since the Great Depression.
Here in the Lafayette area, the sno-ball, "snowball" or even "cold cup", can be found everywhere from spring through fall with just about every mouth-staining flavor available from cherry to cheesecake. You can also order traditional flavors or "stuffed" with decadent ice cream fillings. My favorite is the orange flavor stuffed with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Check out these popular sno-ball stands in Lafayette Parish. Don't see your favorite place listed below? Let us know by clicking here and we'll add it to the list!
4303 Johnston St Lafayette, LA 70503
Murph's Olde Tyme Snowball Stand
218 W St Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
Creole Flavor Sno
2208 N University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70507
The Stand Snoballs
2800 Louisiana Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501
T's Kitchen @ CanDeeLand Sneaux Ball Stand
1122 St Mary St, Scott, LA 70583
3841 Verot School Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592
Brain Freeze Snowballs
513 W Main St, Broussard, LA 70518