BAY CITY, Texas – In the middle of Matagorda County you’ll find Bay City, the biggest city in this constituency.
Martin Huerta was born and raised here and for the past 28 years he’s worked at the local power plant, but one day a light bulb got turned on in his head to open a snow cone stop.
“Snow Bunny came from one of my granddaughters actually,” Martin said. “When she was born they started calling her bunny and the name stuck.”
The business became a family affair with Martin’s wife Ellie leading the charge in the kitchen while his daughter and two nieces help out.
“I worked them,” Martin informed us. “Hey, you’ve got to work for the things you want, and that’s the way I raised my family.”
Work ethic, family, and faith are the corner stones to this snow cone stop and Martin makes sure each day starts with a meaningful message.
“What we have here is the verse of the day,” Martin said. “We like to put that up every morning before customers show up that way it will give them something to read and just say, ‘you know what I read the Bible today.’”
Martin’s devoted faith comes from riding a rough road. At one point in his life Martin hit a rough patch in his life it that cost him his marriage to Ellie.
“I always carried that in the back of my thoughts,” Martin said. “I always said, ‘Man, you really messed a good thing up, because you wanted to run as a wild child.’ I had too much pride to confess or anything, so I just kept to myself and just moved on. After looking at things I said you know what I’ve got a lot of fault. And I did have a lot of fault.”
He turned his life around and dedicated himself to becoming a better man.
“I had a change of life you know years back, so I said you know what whatever we do now we’re going to do it for the Lord. All the honors for Him now, nothing for me, all for the honor and glory for the Lord.”
After that, it wasn’t long until Ellie was back in his life. They got married on the same date they had before, and found happiness in their renewed love for each other and God.
“You know, we’ve had a rough little story there, but God is wonderful,” Ellie said.
The Huerta’s love story is why faith is so important here, and the reason every customer at Snow Bunny Cones is told to have a blessed day.
“To be honest with you I think it holds the family together. We’re serving the Lord, so it brings more happiness and keeps things calm,” Martin said. “People end up enjoying it.”
While we enjoyed hearing the Huerta’s love story and the role faith played in it, their burgers are what we really wanted to learn more about. So Ellie got things started on a double bacon cheeseburger.
This burger starts off with six ounce patties rolled out to monstrous proportions.
“We want to roll them out pretty good size,” Ellie explained. “Whenever they get on that grill it’s going to shrink.”
The patties are topped with salt, pepper, and Ellie’s secret seasoning. The bun and onions are grilled up while the patties get topped with cheese. Mustard, lettuce, and tomatoes were bestowed on the bun, and then Ellie put things together.
So, will the bunny hop to market for this big ole burger? There’s only one way to find out. Put on your cottontail, shake your booty, and bounce I guess.
With 12 ounces of beef, the first thought on my mind after the first bit was, “now that is a beefy burger.”
The seasoning is kind of like an Easter egg, a surprise little factor that adds a bunch of flavor to this burger.
When eating at a place with snow cone in the name you have to try at least one. We tried a unique specialty at Snow Bunny Cones, the Piccadilly. The Piccadilly is a tiger’s blood snow cone topped with chili, sal limon, chimoy, and pickles.
The Piccadilly is very unique, but oh so good.
If you ever find yourself bouncing through Bay City, stop by Snow Bunny Cones for a burger that’s well worth a stop on The Texas Bucket List served up with some bountiful blessings and a unique snow cone.