It was a stifling, sultry day in Houma, Louisiana, when Dave (aka "Seprock") tasted his first snoball—a New Orleans–style frozen treat of soft shaved ice drenched in sweet syrup. Dazzled by its delicate texture and rich flavor, Dave became determined to bring the treat back to his hometown. With his wife's blessing, he eventually opened his own snoball shop in a cheerful plaza in Hunter's Creek.
Today, Seprock’s Snow is a kaleidoscope of color. Bright walls surround vibrantly decorated tables, and servers adorn icy snoballs with a rainbow of fruity syrups. Dave and his staff also stuff their treats full of creamy ice cream to add an extra dimension of goodness and help patrons sneak dairy past airport security. For colder days, they supplement their frozen treats and wash customers' tongues clean of their red, blue, and green color with steaming coffee, hot cocoa, and apple cider.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Dixie Belle's early morning menu clears cobwebs from the crannies of sleepy appetites with generous portions of protein-packed morning egg combinations ($3.25–$6.99), three-egg omelettes ($4.29–$7.25), early bird egg, biscuit, and potato platters ($1.99), and home-style house specialties. Wake up your sensory makeup with a South of the Border omelette, stuffed with sausage, cheese, tomato, and onion and folded in a flour tortilla with salsa ($6.99), or sink your fork's sweet little teeth into three pieces of french toast ($3.99) or three pancakes ($3.99). When the breakfast bell starts to come down with the midday droopies, get your hands on some handheld lunch grub, such as a hamburger on a grilled bun with home fries ($6.50), a country-fried steak sandwich on a grilled bun with home fries ($5.99), or egg salad and bacon on toast ($3.50).
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from classic triple-scoops ($4–5), smoothies, and milk shakes ($5–7) to waffle-cone specials ($5) and sundaes ($6.50). Swirl spoons around scoops of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, Milk & Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. Every flavor of ice cream can also be transformed into a thick, sippable milk shake and low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure-conscious or those still suffering from butterfat-related night terrors.
12 flavors of non-fat frozen yogurt swirl in their dispensers at Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bar. Patrons layer whorls of the creamy, cold treat into cups before sprinkling on chocolate candy, crispy cereal, and dozens of other toppings. Calcium and probiotics make each bite healthy as well as delicious.