In summer, when the thermometer is rising towards triple digits and the humidity is deep swamp, there’s only one thing that will get New Orleanians to stand in line — the sweet relief that only comes from a frosty sno-ball. Sno-ball stands are in every neighborhood, but their history goes back more than eight decades, when Ernest and Mary Hansen took their newly-invented ice-pulverizing Sno-Bliz machine streetside Uptown. Not to be confused with a snow cone or Italian water ice, the fine and fluffy shave of ice is 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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