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.
Pictures from our opening day – March 7, 2014
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.
Did you know Hansen’s has a line of all natural syrups? Zac and Bryce had a great time sharing some of Ashley’s recent creations.
HUGE thanks to Loyola SGA for having us on campus today! We had a great time serving snobliz on the Peace Quad.
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!