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No snow job: New icy treats restaurant opens during Houston's winter, lures food trailer fans

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Mam's House of Ice exterior
MAM's new brick-and-mortar establishment, located at 1040 West Cavalcade in the Heights, is less than a mile away from their stand that has been making "snoballs" for five years. Courtesy of Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Ariana Espinoza and coworker
Ariana Espinoza, co-owner of MAM's House of Ice, and employee Justine Quiroz proudly display one of the multitude of "snoballs" the establishment churns out each day Courtesy of Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Mam's House of Ice interior
MAM's House of Ice offers more than 50 different flavors of New Orleans-style "snoballs." Courtesy of Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Mam's House of Ice snoball
With the ability to easily mix and match different flavors, one is sure to find the right flavor combination. Courtesy of Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Mam's House of Ice trailer
MAM's home-shaped trailer, previously located at 20th and Rutland, will now cater private events and frequent festivals. MAM's House of Ice/Facebook
Mam's House of Ice exterior
Ariana Espinoza and coworker
Mam's House of Ice interior
Mam's House of Ice snoball
Mam's House of Ice trailer

MAM's House of Ice, known for selling "snoballs" from its trailer in the Heights, just celebrated the soft opening of its new brick-and-mortar establishment located less than one mile away from the stand that has existed for five years.

With this new location at 1040 West Cavalcade, House of Ice continues to churn out the delicious New Orleans-style snow cones that have gained it fans. The 780-square-foot storefront will remain open now through the grand opening of the new restaurant in late January according to co-owner Ariana Espinoza who owns the "snoball" emporium along with Mary Ann Mcbee (whose initials are the venue's namesake). 

Espinoza told CultureMap that the house-like trailer that sat at 20th and Rutland Street will no longer be parked at that location, but will instead cater private events and visit festivals. It will also travel to different neighborhoods.

 Forget the chunky snow cones of your youth, these "snoballs" are carefully crafted to be as fluffy and smooth as possible. 

Never been to MAM's before?

It serves icy "snoballs" that come in more than 50 flavors which you can mix and match. You can even add a number of toppings like caramel syrup, fresh fruit and gummy bears. Forget the chunky snow cones of your youth, these "snoballs" are carefully crafted to be as fluffy and smooth as possible and it really makes a difference.

Hand pies from Oh My! Pocket Pies, Frito pie and Cleburne Corn — a dish similar to Mexican elote but made with cream cheese — are also sold at the new MAM's.

If you're looking for snoball flavor suggestions, I highly recommend an ice cream and "Tiger's Blood" combo topped with condensed milk. Even in winter, these chilly treats hit the spot.

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