Jun 5, 2023 - Food and Drink

6 essential snoball stands in New Orleans

Hansen's Sno-Bliz is celebrating 84 years this year. Photo: Matt Jones/Courtesy of Hansen’s

If my New Orleans summer had a flavor, it would probably be the sweetness of a cherry snoball, so red it stains your lips and that starts melting immediately upon reception.

  • Just me? I doubt it.

Swap out the flavor for your own favorite, like bubblegum or nectar, and maybe even pick a topping like crushed pineapple or condensed milk, and you’ve got an edible rite of passage for any New Orleans kid.

Why it matters: A proper New Orleans snoball, with its smooth-as-silk shaved ice and a rainbow of colored syrups for flavor, is both a weekly treat and an annual pilgrimage.

We’ve got six local favorites who will serve one up just right.

  • Of note: Many snoball stands operate seasonally, so if there’s a chill in the air, you may want to confirm availability.
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Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

Considered by many to be the gold standard New Orleans snoball, this stand has been in operation by the same family since 1939.

Where to find it: 4801 Tchoupitoulas St.

man pours syrup into a cup of snowball
Photo courtesy Hansen's

New Orleans Snoball

In addition to snacks, smoothies and snoballs, you’ll also find a full menu of poboys and hot plates.

Where to find it: 4313 Elysian Fields Ave.

Pandora’s Snowballs

A classic snack stand, you’ll also find soft serve, shakes, banana splits, sundaes, hot dogs, nachos and hamburgers on the menu.

Where to find it: 901 N. Carrollton Ave.

Plum Street Snoballs

If you went to school in Carrollton, chances are you spent a few bucks during a field trip at this Uptown classic.

Where to find it: 1300 Burdette St.

Red Rooster

A New Orleans-flavored snack stand with a 45-plus-year history, you’ll find everything from meat pies and gumbo to seafood platters and fried chicken

Where to find it: 2801 ½ Washington Ave.

Rodney’s Snowball Stand

In addition to snoballs, expect all the summer-time salty snacks and sweets: pickles, malts, hot dogs, chili cheese nachos, shakes, freezes, blizzards and even tamales.

Where to find it: 9231 Lake Forest Blvd.

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