There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand

With looming unemployment around the corner, I’m naturally weighing my options as far as relocation goes.  I’ve always been taught that one of the best ways to make important decisions can be through a thorough pros vs. cons list.  “Staying in Nashville” may have just received a game-changer after my discovery of Fleur de Lis Flavors.


A brand new New Orleans-style snowball and specialty snack shop, Fleur de Lis Flavors (meaning “flower of the lily”) proudly serves “mouth watering and refreshing snowballs that are Naturally N’awlins with a little Nashville twang.”  Reading the founder’s personal history felt like déjà vu (minus the “being a young girl in New Orleans” part):

As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, I cannot remember life without snowballs. Snowball stands are located throughout the city and are frequented by locals and tourists alike. I remember taking family trips to the snowball stand on hot days, stepping up to the counter and ordering my favorite snowball. We hung out for a little while outside of the stand to “knock the top off” or eat the top part of the snowball that towered over the lip of the cup. This was done so the snowball was easier to transport.

One of my favorite childhood memories was visiting summer snowball stands in Mt. Vernon and the Jersey Shore.  As many can attest, this love for icy treats has held true through the rest of my life, resulting in snowcone machine Christmas presents, frequent “Happy Hour” stops to Sonic, and icee bets with certain uncles during days out on the golf course.  Needless to say, I’m pumped to hear that Nashville now offers the same original treat I fell in love with as a 5 year old.

You may be asking yourself, “Are snowballs different from snowcones?”  The answer is YES.  While both are delectable frozen treats from heaven, snowballs are made from finely shaved filtered ice that is shaved when you order, ensuring a lighter, fluffy texture.  It’s like eating freshly fallen snow with a delicious sugar-filled topping.  Basically, even though snowcones still dominate all other standard frozen treats, snowballs are playing in their own exclusive premier league (similar to Creme Soda with all other soft drinks).

Arguably, a snowball stand’s best feature is the variety of incredibly tasty flavors it has to offer.  While I may or may not have a gallon of all-time favorite Tiger’s Blood safely secured in my apartment for my own snowcone making pleasures, Fleur de Lis Flavors offers over 40 other flavorings for snowballs as well!

The new Nashville shop also makes freshly-squeezed lemonade, hot roasted nuts, and chocolate covered frozen bananas.  Due to my continued lack of maturity, I loved the website’s description of these other products, most notably the Cinnamon Vanilla Roasted Nuts:

No HOT sign needed! You can smell when these nuts are ready!

No HOT sign needed! You can smell when these nuts are ready!

The storefront operation is located at the Nashville Farmers’ Market next to the Bicentennial Mall in Downtown Nashville (900 8th Ave N).  If you live in the area, do yourself a favor and enjoy this gift from above.

One Response to “There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand”

  1. cbgb Says:

    you would. p.s. please lets make a stop on my next visit! to be honest no one has ever educated me on the difference between a snowball and a snowcone. shameful.

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