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Staying Cool with New Orleans’ Frozen Treats, Except Custard

It’s getting hot in New Orleans. Really hot. Luckily, I’ve been assigned to write a story for the July issue of New Orleans Magazine about how to stay cool in New Orleans. It’s a great assignment for me because this year will be my first full summer here, so finding ways to beat the heat is not just my job, it’s also necessary for my survival.


Through my research of ways to stay cool this summer, I’ve been reading a lot about all the frozen treats in New Orleans. There are many places for snowballs and daiquiris, ice cream and frozen yogurt… Lots of options. However, if you’re a Midwest transplant like me, you have probably noticed one summer treat that is missing: frozen custard. Here’s my list of frozen treats to try in New Orleans, plus a spot to find custard, even though it involves a bit of a drive.



I was quite skeptical about snowballs when I first moved here. My original thought was “Why are people so crazy about snowballs?” I thought a snowball was another name for a snow cone and snow cones are cheap desserts little kids buy at carnivals or pools. I have since changed my mind. I had my first snowball two weeks ago and it was tasty. I went to Lou Lou’s Snoballs & Ice Cream in Metairie and ordered a strawberry snowball. At the recommendation of a colleague, I added condensed milk. The snowball made my tongue red and it melted quickly, but it was delicious and much better than a snow cone. Not better than ice cream, but still a tasty treat.


Ice Cream

Ice cream is my favorite summer dessert and in New Orleans I love The Creole Creamery, particularly the Lakeview location. It’s the perfect spot for dessert after dinner on Harrison Avenue. It does bother me that both of the creamery’s locations are cash only (it’s 2013!!!), but as long as you stop by the ATM first, this is a great ice cream spot.


Frozen Yogurt

The build-your-own frozen yogurt trend seems like kind of a new thing here. To me, yogurt chains such as Orange Leaf and Pinkberry don’t seem as exciting because they were all over Missouri, where I moved from. However, they’re still a good choice for frozen dessert, especially if you’re looking for a healthier option; there are lots of fresh fruit toppings to choose from. There’s a new Pinkberry coming in at the Mid-City Market, so that will be convenient for all you Mid-City folks.



To be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of daiquiris. I think they’re too sweet and they give you a quick brain freeze. However, there are a ton of daiquiri places here, so other people must love them, and they’re worth trying if you’re new to New Orleans. You should also check out the super portable beverages by Cordina, a company started by three guys from New Orleans. I love the Mar-GO-Rita. It's like a juice box for adults.


Frozen Custard

And now for my frozen treat complaint: As much of a foodie town that New Orleans is, why is there no custard? By custard I mean frozen custard, which is similar to ice cream but has a slightly different consistency and the toppings are blended in a different way. You can find custard all over the Midwest, but apparently not in New Orleans. My significant other, Chris, LOVES custard so he was particularly disappointed when he learned there is no custard in New Orleans. We’ve asked around and have not found any frozen custard places here, but we did find a spot across the lake: Bop’s of Mandeville. And yes, we did drive all the way across Lake Pontchartrain for custard.


What are your favorite spots for a frozen snack in New Orleans?

Reader Comments:
Jun 5, 2013 12:01 pm
 Posted by  Katrina3117

Sounds like it would be a good reason to open a frozen custard place here. I've never had the pleasure of a frozen custard.

Jun 6, 2013 11:15 am
 Posted by  Jeremy JF Thompson

There's much more to Daiquiri Shop culture in New Orleans (and around New Orleans) than the FQ-typical flavored syrup concentrate booze blends. Gene's, the long standing independent Daiquiri Shop on the corner of St. Claude and Eylsian Fields, serves a long list of signature Daiqs, made from blending the various house flavors which Gene Sr, and now Gene Jr, have made for years by tinkering with ratios of citric acid, malic acid, and more. Not so different than craft bartenders today, I think. And then there's Organic Banana, located in the French Market, where you can get a variety of frozen blended Daiquiris made with fresh ingredients and premium local Old New Orleans Rum. There's also St. Lawrence, the late night gastro pub that took over where the Harbor used to be, and it seems they bought the 2 large Daiquiri machines from the Harbor as well, because they serve up monthly Daiquiris which range from a Pimm's Cup Daiquiri to a gin Daiquiri with basil and champagne.

And what about Booty's Street Food (Total Disclaimer: I design the beverage program at Booty's, but I'm proud to have included both the Bywater Bomber: The Official Daiquiri of The Mirliton Festival, as well as rotating monthly daiquiris). The Bywater Bomber incorporates pineapple, rum, rose water and bitters.

In any case, if you want to try a variety of great Daiquiris, don't go buy one in a bag, but rather, get yourself a good collection of go-cups and stop by your local Daiquiri Shop to fill 'er up. And if that's not enough to freeze your brain, then I shamelessly invite you try a variety of Daiquiri creations at this year's New Orleans Daiquiri Festival on August 17th.

The Daiquiri is our strongest symbol representing our freedom to drink outdoors. Do your duty and by a gallon a month.

Jeremy JF Thompson
Director, OHNO Co / Defend The Daiquiri

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Haley AdamsHaley Adams has lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana and France, but she now calls Louisiana home. After graduating from Indiana University in December 2010, Haley moved back to her home, Columbia, Mo., to work for Inside Columbia magazine and mooch off her parents. After a year and a half at the small city magazine, Haley moved to the South to be the web editor at Renaissance Publishing in August 2012.

In addition to managing MyNewOrleans.com and Renaissance Publishing's social media, Haley is the editor of New Orleans Bride, as well as an associate editor for Renaissance Publishing's other publications.

When Haley is not at the office, she is probably trying a new restaurant, looking for places to shop or exploring the South with her boyfriend, Chris, and their dog, Leila. You can reach Haley at (504) 830-7259 or haley@myneworleans.com.




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