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Hansen’s Sno-Bliz to be honored by James Beard Awards

May 05 2014

We are so thrilled to be honored by the James Beard Awards as an “American classic.” Ashely is in New York for the ceremony tonight.

Shaving Ice

WWLTV has a very nice article about our history and the award, along with video from our opening day.

3-Course Interview: Ashley Hansen

Mar 26 2014

The Gambit published an interview with Ashley this week:

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz marks its 75th anniversary this year and was recognized recently by the James Beard Foundation. Ashley Hansen, who took over the shop from her grandparents, founders Ernest and Mary Hansen, spoke with Gambit about continuing the family tradition.

Read Ashely’s full interview with Scott Gold.

7,000 Facebook Likes!

Mar 18 2014

Are you on Facebook? Well so are we!


We’ve hit 7,000 likes and we couldn’t have done it with out you. To celebrate, we’re adding free sprinkles to your Sno-Bliz through Friday of this week. But you’ll have to visit our Facebook page to find out the secret phrase to say.

Ashley Hansen keeps tradition alive

Mar 11 2014

NOLA.com has a great article today on Ashley, Hansen’s, opening day, and our James Beard award, full of pictures and videos:

Ashley Hansen grew up inside her grandparents’ snowball stand. She was 15 when she started working for Mary and Ernest Hansen. Now she’s 40. And now she owns Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.

She’s spent her life working the ice shaving machine Ernest Hansen invented in 1934. She knows every nook of the cinderblock stand and can immediately lay her hands on each yellowed clipping praising Hansen’s sweet cups of shaved ice and every faded photograph of the customers who come back year after year to wait on the yellow line.

Read the full article, see the pictures, and watch the videos on NOLA.com.

News about our opening and our award

Mar 07 2014

We open for the 2014 season in just a few hours. To wet your appetite, here are two articles posted yesterday about Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.

From NOLA.com:

On Thursday (March 6), [Ashley] Hansen took a break from preparing her snowball stand for opening day and answered questions from fans submitted by Facebook and Twitter.

Read the full article and view the video of her responses.


From WWLTV.com:

It may not quite feel like snowball weather Friday, but if you do have a craving for one of the best in New Orleans – and America, according to the James Beard awards – head to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, as the culinary landmark opens for its 75th season.

The snowball stand at Tchoupitoulas and Bordeaux marks its diamond anniversary Friday as it reopens for the warmer spring and summer months.

Read the full article.

Hansen’s Named a JBF America’s Classics

Feb 27 2014

Today the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of it’s America’s Classics award. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz was one of this year’s five recipients. We are honored to receive this award from such a prestigious organization. We know that Mary and Ernest Hansen are smiling down on us proudly at this moment.

We also want to send a huge thank you to everyone who has sent us congratulation notes via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. We don’t have time to respond to all of them, but we want to let you know that we do read every one.

Read more at NOLA.com.

What’s This Curveball?

Dec 06 2013

Anyone watching Top Chef New Orleans? Gail takes the cheftestants somewhere very familiar looking during the restaurant wars challenge.

Snow On News With A Twist…

Aug 01 2013

Did anyone happen to catch us on WGNO-TV | ABC26 yesterday? Here is a link to the video clip:
I Predicted Snow On News With A Twist…

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.

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