Forget Chai Now It’s Bubble Tea Time

We have all been interested in how bubble tea tastes? Right, it has become so famous that Google had a doodle dedicated in its favor. It has all kinds of combinations: milky, tangy, sweet and sour.

What’s in these bubble teas?

It begins with tea as the base, followed by sweeteners. After that, we add sweeteners and flavors. If it’s a Milk Tea, a creamy component, such as milk, almond milk, or non dairy creamers, is added. Clear teas are exactly that: clear, with no cream added. Once all of the ingredients are combined, the drink is thoroughly shaken! This creates a frothy drink with bubbles on top, hence the name bubble tea. The fun of bubble tea comes from the small chewy tapioca pearls, aka: boba, which we add a hefty scoop at the bottom of each drink, adding a chewy contrast to the sweetness and texture of the drink. There are numerous flavors to choose from, including strawberry, taro, chocolate, almond, lavender, coffee, and tea.

Who invented the Bubba tea?

Well, it started of in Taiwan in the 1980s. You can see unique bubble tea shops in every nook and corner of Taiwan and Hong Kong. The founder, Chun Shui Tang Teahouse, Liu Han Chieh, wanted to introduce cold tea to the menu. His product development manager, Lin Hsiu Hui, dropped tapioca balls into her iced tea, for fun, and bubble tea was invented.

So let’s see what these bubbles are?

These bubbles are made from tapioca starch where the bubble is also called tapioca pearls. To make these pearls, boiling water is added to starch and kneaded to form a dough-like texture. The dough is then rolled and cut into small pearl shapes and added into a boiling mixture of brown sugar and water to create an end product.

There is another popular method used in bubble teas that are made using a spherification method that involves a reaction of sodium alginate and calcium chloride. This process results in fruit juice filled “bubbles” that burst when a little pressure is applied on them.

How many calories are there in bubble tea?

The calories depend on you! An average tea of 500ml has around 220 calories minus the topping. It’s everywhere now, it’s all an exciting experience. Have a bubble 🙂


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