Pictures at Hansen’s

Jul 02 2013

Two recent posts full of wonderful pictures taken at our shop:

From NOLA Eater: Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

Here, photographer Todd Voltz captures the essence of the Sno-Bliz experience. From waiting in line with sweaty adults and antsy children, to trying to decide what flavor to get ? Cream of Nectar? Satsuma? Both??while taking in the hoarded ephemera of Hansen’s past and the sound of their original ice-grinding snoball machine. And the best part, enjoying that hard earned Sno-Bliz on the sidewalk, while cars whiz by on Tchoupitoulas and the sun sinks down into the big pink sky. Welcome to summer time in New Orleans.

Olivia Grey Pritchard Photography with a kid’s mini-session. These kids are seriously adorable and sure love their snoballs.

 Olivia Grey Pritchard Photography

Local press

Jun 16 2013

According NOLA.com, Seth Rogan said “Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, that’s one of the coolest things ever.” We love you too, Seth!

Over on WWLTV, Ashley demonstrates how to make an Atomic Sno-Bliz.

Get Your Sno-Balls!

Mar 19 2013

The Southern Foodways Alliance posted a nice article today about snoballs in New Orleans and our opening day. It also includes this video of pictures of Hansen’s through the years with audio from a 2011 interview with Ashely and Jerry.

Thank you!!!

Aug 26 2012

Gambit weekly

Thanks to all of Hansen’s terrific friends and loyal customers for voting Hansen’s Sno-Bliz 2012’s “Best Sno-Ball Stand” in Gambit Weekly!!

Our old screen door

Aug 13 2012

We gave our old screen door to our good friend Gator Girl. She turned it into a beautiful work of art for us to hang up in the shop.

Snoball Door

If you want a copy for yourself, prints are available from her Etsy shop.

Unknown Food Critic: Top four sno-balls

Jun 08 2012

We are excited to learn that Napoleon BonAppetit (aka the Unknown Food Critic) at WWLTV tapped Hansen’s as his Top Pick for Snoballs!

The 40 Year Old Hansen’s Virgin…

May 23 2012

The delicate handmade ices are the most ephemeral and simple of desserts, and I was as giddy as the seven year old next to me as I shoveled subsequent spoonfuls of the brightest lime flavored confection I’d ever had until my head literally hurt.

Read James Cullen’s full article in Louisiana Culture and Kitchen.

The front of today’s Living Section in the Times Picayune

Jan 05 2012


Thanks for the terrific mention of Ashley’s house-made satsuma snowball on the front of today’s Living Section in the Times Picayune!

Snowballs are a staple of the New Orleans summer

Nov 14 2011

Check out 1943: Snowballs are a staple of the New Orleans summer (or page A-9 of today’s Times Picayune) for a great highlight of New Orleans snoball history and especially the contributions of Ernest and Mary Hansen and Hansen’s Snobliz!! Great old photos too!


Recent write-ups

Jul 29 2011

We’ve been getting a lot of great press lately. Here are some recent articles about Hansen’s that have been published online.

The 21st-Century Snoball

“In New Orleans, people have a sno-ball like other people have a coffee,” says Ashley Hansen, who runs Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, the legendary Uptown sno-ball business her late grandparents Mary and Ernest Hansen started in 1939. “You see fathers and daughters coming in together, people come from the office, it’s an outing where you get a sno-ball and you catch up. Sometimes you look around and there isn’t a single kid in line here.”

Photos: Summer Means Sno-balls! – Great set of pictures from the Tulane New Wave.

Tour of the New Orleans’ sno-ball stands nets chilly samplings – The Houston Chronicle

Unlike most shops that pack the top of their sno-balls using a mold to create a tidy helmet, Hansen’s are shaggy, free-form tops – call it the “natural” look. I decide to try the much-loved nectar flavor and discover why it is a city favorite. It tastes like a luxurious, milky cream soda. After seeing a woman top hers with a sticky cap of marshmallow cream, I decide to copy. It’s an extravagant sno-ball that I take my time to enjoy.

Dining Out: Hansen’s Sno-Bliz – OffBeat Magazine

In a city whose weather makes it difficult to notice the change in seasons, the opening and closing of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz is as reliable an indicator of the temperature as the fluctuation in our electricity bills. Since 1939, the Hansen family has provided New Orleanians with a budget-friendly respite from the sweltering heat. Crossing the threshold of the door transforms every grown man and woman into the giddy, sugar-seeking children they once were. It’s a Field of Dreams experience, with an un-air conditioned shack on Tchoupitoulas substituting as the role of a corn field in Iowa.

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