What Is Bubble Tea? – (Why Is It So Popular In 2022)

Have you ever wondered what bubble tea is?

Who says tea has to be boring? Tea can be served in many different ways all over the world: fruity, herbal, with milk, hot or iced, and many others. In recent years, bubble tea has become very popular among gourmets; it is a unique way to serve tea. Instead of meeting friends for coffee or beer, you can offer something more unusual and tasty.

The recipe for this drink was developed in 1987 by Liu Han Jie, the owner of a Taiwanese tea house, who, to attract customers to his place, started to serve tea with milk, tapioca balls (made of cassava root), and ice cubes. This also gave rise to the first name for this type of tea – pearl milk tea.

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Flavors from around the world

What types of tea are used to make bubble tea? Bubble teas are based on traditional leaf infusion and are therefore similar to home-brewed loose-leaf tea. Popular varieties include Oolong, which is emerald in color due to its ingredients. Its taste is characterized by strong fruity and woody aromas. For lovers of black tea, there is the Assam variety, which has a tart aroma and deep flavor. Thanks to its high content, it has a stimulating effect and even improves attention. Green tea is also one of the more popular ones, known for its health properties, containing caffeine. Its regular consumption reduces the risk of heart attacks and even some types of cancer.

Bubble tea – healthy in color

Many people ask themselves whether this famous bubble tea is just a sweet drink or whether it has any health value. It can certainly be said that teas prepared according to proven recipes and good ingredients can be an ingredient of healthy diets. Unfortunately, fashion doesn’t always go hand in hand with quality and the popularity of this drink has caused a lot of establishments to use artificial substitutes or artificial powder instead of real tea. Fortunately, owners of good quality tea houses take care of high-quality ingredients and the perfect taste of tea.

Not afraid of calories

Are the flavorings in bubble tea very calorific? In good tea houses, you can order just tea, as well as ask for various additives. Black, green, or oolong tea does not contain any calories, such infusion refreshes us perfectly, but it is also good for our health. And if we want something more, for example, peach tea with mango balls, it is worth noting that the caloric content of such a drink is comparable to e.g. ice tea (about 28kcal / 100g). Of course, teas with milk, ice cream, or jelly beans will be more calorific, which can successfully replace not only a drink but also a dessert. Remember – the more additives the higher the calorie content, and this applies to everything we consume.

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Bubble tea at sweet home

How to make bubble tea at home? The preparation itself does not require much time or money. Homemade tea can be just as tasty and impressive as that served in a restaurant. Regardless of the type or taste of your drink, you will need a large glass, a thick straw, good quality black tea, tapioca balls or popping boba, and any additives depending on your taste preferences. We add tapioca balls (black – instant, or white – which needs boiling) or boba popping to the tea drink and then some of our favorite additives, such as fruit syrup, honey, sugar, chocolate, ginger, or vanilla. Bubble tea can be served hot or with ice cubes.

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Some tried and tested recipes for colorful bubble tea:

1) Fruit bubble tea (100g approx 150kcal)

Ingredients:

5 large spoons of tapioca or Boba pearls

5 tablespoons green tea

1 lemon

2 mangoes

1 pear

1 cane sugar

1 honey (e.g. cream with fruit)

Preparation:

Pour over the green tea and leave for 2-3min covered. Put peeled mango and pear into a blender, add lemon juice, and blend. Add everything to the cooled tea, blend and then place in the fridge. Put 2 tablespoons of tapioca or Boba balls in the bottom of a glass and pour over the previously prepared tea with fruit.

2) Matcha bubble tea (100 g – approx. 96 kcal)

Ingredients:

2 cups of vegetable milk

4 cane sugar

6 boiled and soaked tapioca

2 sugar

2 teaspoons matcha tea

Preparation:

Sprinkle the matcha tea into a tall glass and pour over hot water (about 80 degrees C). Stir thoroughly (e.g. with a blender or milk frother) and set aside to cool. Cook almond drink with cane sugar until slightly thickened. Pour the cooled milk and matcha infusion over the tapioca and cool thoroughly at the end.

3) Raspberry bubble tea

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of fruit tea (e.g. raspberry with licorice)

1-2 teaspoons sugar to taste

1-2 tbsp boiled tapioca balls or raspberry boba

50g raspberries (can be fresh or frozen)

50ml milk

ice cubes

whipped cream

Raspberry syrup with honey or ginger

Preparation:

Brew the fruit tea in boiling water for about 10min, drain, and if sweetening adds sugar. If preparing hot – pour into a glass, add raspberries, milk, and tapioca, take a thick straw and you’re done. You can garnish as you wish, for example with a mint leaf.

If preparing cold – pour into a glass, add raspberries, milk, and tapioca or raspberry boba. Then decorate with whipped cream, a splash of raspberry syrup, top with a few raspberries, insert a thick straw and you’re done. You can decorate according to your idea.

Time for tea accessories

The basic set consists of a large glass and a thick straw, the size of which will fit tapioca balls and popping boba. Glass or metal straws work well, as they are easy to clean and reusable. The taste of your bubble tea will depend on the additives you use, the most common ones being tapioca balls, popping boba, and fruit syrups. Below are a few popular additives that you can get in e.g. tea shops or online shops.

Black or white tapioca

Dessert syrups or bubble tea (various flavors)

popping boba balls

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Available in flavors such as raspberry, passion fruit, kiwi, blueberry, lycée, apple, mango, strawberry, lemon, cherry, and many more

In summary, what is bubble tea?

What is the bubble tea phenomenon? It is now increasingly popular all over the world, and if you haven’t heard of it yet, it is worth trying. We know that it is not only tasty but also healthy. It has many flavors, so everyone will find something for themselves, and it can be prepared hot or cold with ice cubes. Bubble tea is not only tasty teas and colorful accessories. It also includes many cult accessories such as key chains, figurines, or mascots of unusual sizes. Some of the more popular ones are already available on our shop’s website, you will find there not only sweet cuddly toys but also many interesting gadgets for women and not only. Here we also have boba tea as a plush toy, it’s a trendy product on social media right now.

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