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Don’t call it shaved ice, and certainly don’t call it a “snow cone.” It’s a SnoBall, baby! (And that’s with no “w,” AutoCorrect.) If you grew up anywhere near New Orleans, you’ve probably had a million of them. During the summer, unassuming little shacks become SnoBall stands with people standing in line for some sugary goodness. This is one of the ways we’re lucky that the heat of the season lasts longer for us because once the weather cools off, the SnoBalls go away (unless you’re smart enough to know where the few places are that serve them year-round, you know, in case you’re jonesin’).
What makes a SnoBall different from its imitators is the texture of the ice. It’s much “fluffier” and has the consistency of actual snow. Hey! I’ve seen snow before! It’s not like I’ve never left the state, and we always look fondly on when it snowed here “that one time”. Anyway, in Louisiana you can eat the yellow snow because it’s probably tastes like cake batter, and there are tons more flavors to choose from. You can also get your SnoBall stuffed with ice cream, topped with condensed milk, or doused with sour spray. Then, there are the folks who just like plain ice (who are these people?). This time I decided to taste the rainbow, picking my tri-flavored childhood favorite. This is how most NOLA kids learned red and yellow make orange and yellow and blue make green. It’s science in a Styrofoam cup!
One of my favorite SnoBall spots is Bot and Nola’s in Abita Springs. It has a fun retro vibe, tons of flavors, and plenty of seating to chill with your SnoBall on even the hottest of days. They’re open every day in the summer, and you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
As for the dress, its a Hell Bunny I found on eBay after it was out of stock everywhere else. I recently learned after joining some buy, sell, trade groups that these highly sought after but difficult to find dresses are called “unicorns.” I haven’t seen another one in purple anywhere recently, but if you like this dress and the color blue, here it is on ModCloth’s site.
All photos by my awesome friend, Crystal McElroy / Studio 7 Photography