Maryland Snowballs and Lollipops: The East Coast's Coolest Tradition

Hundreds of flavors served in two iconic, only-in-Maryland styles, are the best way to beat the summer-heat.

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Maryland Snowball
Maryland Snowball
Photo By: @Bmoresmug via @northeastbaltimore
Maryland Snowball
Maryland Snowball
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We’re going to let you in on a little secret, when it gets hot, we Marylanders know how to stay cool. Sure, you can jump in the Bay or dive into the ocean, but sometimes it’s better to beat the heat with an only-in-Maryland summer treat.

Maryland sbowball anatomySweet, Syrupy Snowballs
For more than a century, we’ve been keeping cool with the iconic snowball. Snowballs started out as a Baltimore tradition in the 1800s, and during the Great Depression, were known as “penny sundaes” or “hard-time sundaes,” but now you can find them throughout the central region and scattered across the state. Snowballs start with chopped ice -- not too chunky, not too fine -- and are covered with a few pumps of flavor. What flavor, you ask? There are hundreds, but skyline, egg custard, and blood orange are old-school favorites.  Today, kids are slurping up their snowballs with everything from passionfruit to coconut to “Spiderman” and “Power Ranger.” The best snowballs are piled high with a mound of ice reaching up above the rim. The syrup is pumped down the middle creating a little icy lake of flavor. Try one naked, or top it off with delicious marshmallow cream or chocolate sauce to enjoy it like a real local.
(Photo by Lauren Giordano, Baltimore Magazine, Aug. 2013.)

Western Maryland Lollipops

Of course out in the mountains, they do things a little differently. The Western Maryland “lollipop” starts out with a layer of ice flavored with syrup, just like a snowball, but Western Marylanders like to add a little sweet, soft-serve ice cream. Usually served up in four layers -- snow, cream, snow and cream -- with a twisting tower of soft-serve on top, it’s a textural triumph and flavor sensation that is truly unique.

Wherever you are in Maryland in the summertime, get out and enjoy a snowball or a lollipop, the coolest ways to cool off. Check out our list of great locations, or be on the lookout for a local snowball stand or pop-up shop—because once the colder weather arrives, these oases of coolness disappear until the following season.

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Nutter's Ice Cream
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Location:
100 E. Main Street
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Alex's Snowcones and Ice Cream
02
Location:
16041 Frederick Rd.
Lisbon, MD 21765
Snowball
03
Location:
8404 Harford Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
Debbie's Soft Serve logo
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Location:
22309 Old Georgetown Rd.
Smithsburg, MD 21783
Opie's Softserve and Snowballs
05
Location:
1603 Edmonson Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228
Snoasis
06
Location:
30 E. Padonia Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Lollipop
07
Location:
800 B Goucher Blvd.
Towson, MD 21204
Buddy Lou's Eats, Drinks & Antiques
08
Location:
11 East Main Street
Hancock, MD 21750
B & B Snowballs
09
Location:
7193 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Emmorton's Snowballs and Ice Cream
10
Location:
101 E. Wheel Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015
Stouten's Marina and Snowball Stop
11
Location:
817 Wise Ave
Dundalk, MD 21222
Summer Shack Snowballs
12
Location:
2339 W. Joppa Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
The Snowball Stand
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Location:
11065 Cathell Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
Walther Gardens logo
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Location:
4715 Walther Ave
Baltimore, MD 21214
Snowbar
15
Location:
1229 N Main St
Hampstead, MD 21074
Waldo's Snowballs
16
Location:
696 Bel Air Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Lollipop
17
Location:
800 B Goucher Blvd.
Towson, MD 21204
Ice Hole logo
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Location:
2419 Whiteford Rd.
WhiteFord, MD 2116
Lollipop
19
Location:
13803 Maugansville Rd
Maugansville, MD 21767
One Sweet Moment logo
20
Location:
2914 Hamilton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21214
Tastee Zone logo
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Location:
1715 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228
Island Ice Snowballs
22
Location:
Aberdeen Shopping Plaza Ct.
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Jimmie Cone logo
23
Location:
26420 Ridge Rd.
Damascus, MD 20872
Ice Hole logo
24
Location:
2419 Whiteford Rd.
WhiteFord, MD 2116
Lollipop
25
Location:
13803 Maugansville Rd
Maugansville, MD 21767
One Sweet Moment logo
26
Location:
2914 Hamilton Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21214
Tastee Zone logo
27
Location:
1715 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228
Island Ice Snowballs
28
Location:
Aberdeen Shopping Plaza Ct.
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Jimmie Cone logo
29
Location:
26420 Ridge Rd.
Damascus, MD 20872
Icy Delights Logo
30
Location:
3930 Fleet St
Baltimore, MD 21224
Iron Rooster logo
31
Location:
3721 Boston St
Baltimore, MD 21224
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