New Orleans Style Pelican’s SnoBalls Arrives in Downingtown

Downingtown native James Hughes has opened a franchise of Pelican’s SnoBalls, a New Orleans style frozen treat. --photo via Pete Bannan / Daily Local News.

Enthusiasts of water ice and ice-cream in Downingtown are in for a treat as the New Orleans style SnoBall has made its way there, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Local News.  

Downingtown native, James Hughes, has opened a franchise of Pelican’s SnoBalls, the first in Pennsylvania, taking over the former home of Crazy Cone at 807 West Lancaster Avenue, at the corner of Lloyd Avenue.

“It’s a completely different product than water ice,” Hughes noted. “SnoBalls are ‘fluffy’ like the snow you eat in the winter.”

While shaved ice and snow cones are popular throughout the country, Hughes pointed out that what makes Pelican’s SnoBalls different is the proprietary shaving process, which keep SnoBalls fluffy from top to bottom.

There are also plenty of options to choose from as Pelican’s SnoBalls come in over 100 flavors. Among them are some of the more popular options for adults, such as key lime pie. There is also a wide variety for kid’s including dinosaur-sour grape, the butterfly kiss- birthday cake and cotton candy with butterfly gummy candy on top.

As a finishing touch, Pelican’s offers toppings that include marshmallow, chocolate syrup, and sour spray.

“It’s good,” said Blessy Linson of Downingtown, who tried her first SnoBall on Tuesday. “I like that they have a lot of flavors.”

Hughes also said that the first week was good for business, as in addition to the picnic tables for customers, he has added games that kids can play while visiting.

“I think we’re going to do really well,” enthused Hughes. “Our company mantra is to try to bring a little happiness into every life.”

Read more about the frozen treat at the Daily Local News here.

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