Whenever I'm planning a trip to a new place, the first thing I do is look up all the cutest places to eat, so it's fitting that my first post about New Orleans is about Hansen's Sno-Bliz Shop!
I saved posts about Hansen's on instagram long before I knew we'd be visiting NOLA, and knew I wanted to make it a priority. Luckily we found time to take an Uber (about 20 min from the French Quarter) Saturday night with two of Ty's younger cousins! Traveling with kids is the perfect excuse to stop for dessert as often as possible, and they hopped on the chance to try Sno-Bliz.
The shop itself feels very classic. Hansen's is family owned and opened in 1939 - that's 79 years of snowballs! The walls are lined with photos taken through the decades to really show off the history of the business. Back before the shop was opened, Mary Hansen created the flavors herself and would sell snowballs for only 2 cents! In 2018 they cost a bit more (about $5 a piece) but there are a variety of sizes to choose from.
I wanted the plastic cup as a souvenir, so we ordered a medium to share. If you have a big group that's in agreement on a flavor you can even order a party bucket for > $30!
For a place that seemed like a hole in the wall, Hansen's was clearly popular and had a line when we arrived. The guy in front of us seemed to be a regular, and helped us out by recommending his favorite flavors. Ours was a Thai tea with coconut milk and tasted so so good! The snow was incredibly soft - a huge step up from the rainbow snow cones the ice cream man sells.
I'm really glad we were able to take a bit of an excursion from Bourbon Street for the evening. The trip to Hansen's was fun, and we all left with a satisfied sweet tooth! Next time you're visiting New Orleans I definitely recommend you swing by to try one of the many flavors. Exploring local favorites and small businesses is always so exciting, and Hansen's Sno-Bliz did not disappoint!
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