Louisianas Favorite Summer Dessert

Louisianas Favorite Summer Dessert

Some call it a snowball, others call it a snow cone, either way – they are the best dessert around during the summer heat! Snowballs are made up of compacted shaved ice that is flavored with yummy and colorful syrup, the list of flavors go on and on. Just when you thought it couldn't get better, there is something also called the Stuffed Snowball; they have a layer of vanilla ice cream inside!  

Dallas native, Samuel Bert, invented a shaved ice machine in 1920 which he started selling worldwide after bringing in the income from selling snowballs at the State Fair of Texas in 1919; which he participated in until his death in 1984. Ernest Hansen patented the first shaved ice machine in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1934. He was then motivated to create a more superior and sanitary version of the popular Italian ice sold from push-carts throughout the city. Mary Hansen, his wife, contributed to this inspiration by creating many flavors of syrup to enhance his shaved ice creations. Snowballs, as Louisiana residents say, have been popular in New Orleans ever since; opening the original Hansen's Sno-Bliz of New Orleans.

Snowball, Schmowball - There are differences between a Snowball and a Snow cone  - Snow cones consists of hard, crunchy, shaved ice with limited syrup, while, Snowballs are made from finely shaved ice (snow) that is overloaded with your favorite syrup. You can find these desserts at stadiums and ice cream vans – but in Louisiana, there are snowball stands located on almost every corner. The Snowball is one thing that many look forward to every summer!

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