March 23, 2008

Snowballs In Spring

I was doing some Sunday driving today, and noticed the following message on the long-shuttered local snowball stand:

Open March 28

This snowball thing is foreign, seeing as I'm not a Maryland native. Are they like shaved ice snow cones? After doing some googling we have an identity of this snowball stand: The Snowball Stand. Original, huh? It is in charming old Woodstock, on Rt. 99.

The following website lists several snowball stands around the Baltimore area, and has this to say about Woodstock's version:
Best known for their deluxe "candy bar" snowballs (Snickers, Butterfingers, Mounds) consisting of not just ice and flavor syrups, but also caramel sauce, peanut butter sauce, chocolate syrup, butterscotch and peanut butter chips. Of course, the standard options of chocolate, marshmallow and ice cream in the bottom are available too.
Sounds weird. The website has this to say about snowball stands in general:
The icy and sweet treats they offer, often times topped with gooey marshmallow, are a great way to keep cool during the hot summer days in Charm City.
Marshmallow? Hmm ... might have to try a plain version and then evaluate before diving into marshmallow.

Update: After doing some more digging, it appears snowball is a regional term. Yay regional terms!
SNOWBALL - and all its variant spellings (i.e. Snow-Ball, Snoball, Sno-Ball, etc.) is a regional generic term that’s been used in the South for generations. Here in New Orleans, a “Snowball” has the great reputation of being a soft, fluffy and delicious tasting summertime treat.
It's shaved ice/snow cones, people! You're confusing this poor visitor. I've had those everywhere, but the whole toppings/marshmallow thing is probably still something more local than national. Hopefully once that stand opens later this week my confusion can be put to rest. Hallelujah.

1 comment:

mc said...

As a native, (AKA Baltimoron) they are a charished treat of my childhood. Here is a good link about the origins.