So now I think I have it figured out. "Snowball" refers to finely shaved ice. Snow cone refers to ice shaved or chopped not quite as fine.

"That seems like a very fluid definition."

Funny, Doc. But that's the problem, isn't it? I mean, we're talking about ice. Whether chopped or shaved or crushed, it's pretty damn refreshing when it's 100 in the shade.

It's sno good: Sarah and Monica Macheca at Kirkwood's Tropical Moose.
Jennifer Silverberg
It's sno good: Sarah and Monica Macheca at Kirkwood's Tropical Moose.

Location Info


Tropical Moose Shaved Ice-Kirkwood

43 Old Orch
Kirkwood, MO 63119

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Webster Groves

Southern Sno

8600 Strassner Drive
Brentwood, MO 63144

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: Brentwood


Brain Freeze: A slide show of the metro area's snow cone shacks, stands and spots.

I'll tell you, though, there was one thing I saw that I've never seen before. Cream snowballs. I had one at Glaciers, in the parking lot near the Sappington Farmers' Market on Watson Road in Marlborough. You make a hollow chute in the ice, fill it with a cream mixture and then add the syrup and top it with whipped cream. I couldn't bring myself to order a vanilla ice-cream snow cone or something like that — just didn't seem kosher, you know? — so I tried the peaches-and-cream. It wasn't bad, though I noticed the whipped cream more than the cream inside the snow cone. But it certainly wasn't as refreshing as a good old-fashioned snow cone.

"Or snowball."


"Anything else bothering you?"

Just one thing. When I was at Glaciers, a big group of kids was in line in front of me. A daycare or summer camp or something like that. More than a dozen snow cones. I drove around for fifteen minutes, and the little brats still hadn't finished getting their snow cones. And then, on a $40 order, their chaperone tips a buck. One measly dollar. It would have been less insulting not to tip at all.

"Ian, are you really angry at those kids and their chaperone? Or are you angry at your inner child?"

Doc, I think our time is up.

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