Summer Snow

local business and weather anomaly taste delish

Lauren Buelow Cunningham, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“HERE’S YOUR LITTLE CUP OF AWESOME, MA’AM.” Aubrey Hogan (above) and his wife Mollie (below) operate Summer Snow – a “snowball” treat trailer –  from a parking lot on London Road near Harbor Freight Tools.

    It is now August, and summer is quickly coming to a close. If you are scrambling to finish a summer to-do list, you must make time for a snowball. And if you’ve already had a snowball this summer … you know you want more before they’re gone.

Whether in a cone or cup, or if you spell it with or without the “w” (a huge debate in the snow biz) you can be sure that this childhood fave will be delicious anytime, anywhere. In Eau Claire, you can find this classic dessert housed in a little yellow trailer at 2615 London Road, in the parking lot of Dollar Tree and Harbor Freight Tools. Started by Louisiana imports Aubrey and Mollie Hogan, Summer Snow is famous for infusing syrups and creams throughout the shaved ice instead of merely pouring them over the top of little ice balls.

The price is allowance-friendly and the variety is extensive. With more than 60 flavors and a handful of topping options, this quick stop might take a little longer than expected. Among the classics like grape, cherry, and limeade, snow fans can also find wedding cake, pink squirrel, and even peanut butter. They even have sugar-free flavors for the more health-conscious snowballers.

Fun fact: the snowball is the world’s oldest frozen dessert. According to, in ancient Rome snow was hauled from the mountaintops into the city where sweet syrups were added to create this chilly summer treat.

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