My brother decided to do a little something different for his son’s birthday party this year. He hired Rockin Rico’s Sno Balls to come be the official treats given out for my nephew and his cousins. But to the surprise of us all, it was the adults that kept going back for seconds.
727 Baltimore Ave
Derby, KS 67037
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 1pm – 9pm
Often found parked out at 727 Baltimore in Derby, Rockin Rico’s changes up the snow cone game something a little different: New Orleans Style Sno Balls.
A sno ball is a New Orleans confection made with finely shaved ice and flavored cane sugar syrup. Commonly confused with the snow cone, the ice of a sno-ball is fine and fluffy; while a snow cone’s ice is coarse, crunchy, and granular. Moreover, in a snow cone the flavored syrup sinks to the bottom of the cup; while in a sno-ball the ice absorbs the syrup.
I’ve been there before but that was many moons ago and this was a first time for so many people in my family. I even caught my mother eating one and that might be the first time I’ve ever seen any sort of snow cone in her hand.
The big difference in the sno ball is the ice. It’s noticeably fluffier than their counterpart and really held the syrup better…… even in the humid Kansas weather. Of course with kids, their dedication and detail to eating as slow as possible sometimes ends up in a melted cup of watery syrup.
At Rockin’ Rico’s, they also have gourmet options that include soft serve ice cream along with other ingredients and toppings to take your sno-ball experience to a whole new level. The kids loved every second of it but don’t they all? Surely most kids will love shave ice of any sort when their parents are paying for it.
But what about the older crowd? For the adults, they may not even notice much of a difference. I’m sure to many of us, any shave ice treat is typically the same. Where Rockin Rico’s took it up a notch was in their gourmet flavors.
These crazy flavorful creations include additional toppings and include ice cream. We had around five different gourmet flavor options and our favorite was the Strawberry Blast which included wild strawberry, vanilla creme, a scoop of ice cream and sweet drizzle. I ate probably half of my cousin’s and then had an entirely second one for myself. The greed was real.
Another favorite was the Polynesian Pineapple which was Polynesian pineapple, vanilla creme, a scoop of ice cream and sweet drizzle. For the sour fans, you have to try the Sour Patch Frenzy. Easily the most sour treat I’ve ever tasted.
It was a great time had by all and a perfect little truck to have over for a kid’s birthday party.
Snow cone trucks are a dime a dozen so to have one that really elevates the game is great.
Here’s their menu:
Here are the prices for the sno balls:
Mini Rock (8oz.) – $2.00
Rockstar (12 oz.) – $2.50
Superstar (16 oz.) – $3.00
Megastar (20 oz.) – $3.50
King of Rock (32 oz.) – $5.00