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‘Hucklebuck’ Lady In Seventh Ward Sells Sweet Treats

Summer is officially over, but here in New Orleans, the heat continues.  When it gets too hot who do neighbors in the Seventh Ward turn to?  They turn to a woman known as “The Hucklebuck Lady”.

On Allen Street, Tonja Demery is known as the “Hucklebuck Lady”.  It’s her job to cool off the neighborhood.

“I started selling them ten years ago when my daughter had a baby.  I had to take care of the baby.  My friend suggested that since I’m home all day that I should start selling frozen cups,”  Demery said.

“I will be sweating all day so much.  I’m like I need something cold.  When water and juice aren’t doing it for me, these hucklebucks keep me cool,”  Neighbor, Kevin Burton said.

The hucklebuck has many names.  Some call them frozen cups, others call them dixie cups.  What exactly is a hucklebuck you ask?

“Something like a popsicle, but in a cup.  They are much sweeter.   It’s almost like a snowball, but it’s frozen solid, instead of shredded ice.  It’s snowball juice, sugar, and water.  It’s as easy as that,” she said.

In the hot summer months she sells a lot of hucklebucks or whatever you want to call them.  In the past some “hucklebuck ladies” would sell their hucklebucks with quarters or gummy bears frozen in them.  This hucklebuck lady said she likes to keep them standard.

“They have a lot of names down here.  I just know that’s what they want.  I would say that from February to August, I make between 300 and 350 hucklebucks a day,” Demery said.

They are reasonable priced, something the neighborhood kids can afford.

“I keep the price low enough.  They are 30 cents, so the kids can afford them,”  she said.

She said in the future she hopes to take her home business on the road and start selling her hucklebucks out of a food truck.

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3 Comments to “‘Hucklebuck’ Lady In Seventh Ward Sells Sweet Treats”

    Beth said:
    September 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Great story. I loved it when Megan Capone did it for Gambit a few weeks back. Whose feature stories do y’all plan to plagiarize next?

      Greg said:
      September 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      Seriously … just because two news organizations in the same town cover the same story, you're calling plagiarism?

      I remember seeing that story in the Gambit. I just looked it up, and it looks like Megan didn't name the woman or give an address, so I bet Kenny had to do a little sleuthing on his own to find the story.

      I also follow Megan on Twitter … quite the social media campaign you're mounting to convince people that you covered the story first. Good job!

      If the Gambit is truly afraid that News with a Twist is taking web hits away from them, more power to WGNO!

        Mike from the Parish said:
        September 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Growing up in Chalmette Vista in the 1960s, we called them freezies. A couple different houses sold them, out the back or side door. Cost a nickel. If you got one with a black dot on the bottom of the cup, you got another one free.

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