Bubble Tea / Boba 101
A quick breakdown of the drink you can chew.
What is bubble tea?
Bubble tea (also known as boba tea, boba, or pearl milk tea) is a tea-based drink mixed with milk or fruit and chewy tapioca balls. You sip it with a big straw that helps you suck up the tapioca balls, which are known as "boba."
"Boba" can also refer to the whole drink and not just the tapioca balls. So it's a drink you can chew.
Boba was invented in Taiwan in the 1980s and made its way to America in the early 1990's. Today, there are so many variations of boba between tea flavors and the "toppings" like pudding and jelly used in place of or in addition to boba.
Is it "boba" or "bubble tea"?
In the U.S. the East Coast prefers "bubble tea", while the West Coast favors "boba". At BUBLUV®, we chose to use "Bubble Tea" since we figured it might be an easier "get" for people who haven't had it before. However, you'll find us using "bubble tea" and "boba" interchangeably. You can use whichever you prefer!
What's bubble tea like to drink?
BUBLUV®'s tapioca pearls are a blend of tapioca starch and konjac (an Asian root vegetable), for a nutritional plus-up on fiber and a cut in calories. With the addition of konjac, our tapioca pearls aren't quite as chewy as those you'd get at the boba shop, but we're confident that they'll satisfy your sip-and-chew craving!
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