It’s the treat cool enough to get New Orleanians standing in long lines as temperatures reach toward 100 degrees and humidity hovers at 100 percent — the New Orleans sno-ball. The iconic local stands go back eight decades, when Ernest and Mary Hansen took their newly-invented machine streetside. Not to be confused with a snow cone or water ice, the fine and fluffy shave of ice is made with a special machine, designed to hold up to sweet syrups and condensed milk toppings. Here are the area’s essential sno-ball stands, New Orleans’s favorite treat to beat the heat.
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