Temecula's Ice Cream Shop Secrets: What is Boba Tea?

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Boba tea (or bubble tea) is one of the country’s fastest-growing culinary delights. Here’s the details on what makes this milk tea such a big hit!

Bubbles, Boba, Milk, Oh My!

While we have many fantastic choices to choose from here at IC Rainbow, one of our most popular drinks is the ever-popular boba tea. While you may have heard of boba tea (or bubble tea) before, it is just as likely you are new to the world of this pearly pleasure. In today’s blog, we’ll be teaching you all about this unique drink!

What is Boba Tea and Bubble Tea?

Boba tea and bubble tea both refer to the same thing: a mixture of milk, tea and other flavors with special “boba” pearls mixed within. Different groups and locations call the tasty treat different names based on local preference, but they both mean the same delicious delight.

The “boba” of boba tea mainly refers to the black tapioca pearls (or “bubbles”) found in this special tea. Boba pearls are made from tapioca starch harvested from South American cassava plants. Boba was first created in Taiwan, when the Brazil-based plant extract was imported from overseas.

The little bubble-pearls of boba are first made from harvested tapioca starch and are white, hard, and generally taste-free. They are mixed and boiled with dark caramelized syrup to become the black, springy bubbles of tapioca-based greatness that have taken the country by storm.

The texture of these boba bubble-pearls are what make boba tea such a smash hit. In Taiwan, the mouth-feel is known as “Q.” The chewy, rubbery feeling is very popular in the home of boba. Americans have come to love it as well, with boba tea shops spreading like wildfire in recent years.

Wait, So What is Milk Tea?

Bubble/boba tea is just one version of milk tea. You can get milk tea without the little pearls if you so desire. Milk tea is essentially what it sounds like: tea mixed with milk. The milk helps thicken the tea to give it a new and interesting texture.

What Does It Taste Like?

Many different flavors are available here at IC Rainbow, such as:

  • Coffee

  • Taro (coconut-like taste based on taro root)

  • Banana

  • Strawberry

  • Jasmine

  • Matcha Latte (special powder of ground green tea leaves)

  • Mango

  • Winter Melon (cucumber-like taste)

  • Rose

  • Honeydew

  • Peach

  • Coconut

  • Honey

  • Red Bean

  • Oreo

Ready to join the masses that have fallen in love with boba tea/bubble tea? Come try one out today at IC Rainbow!

Source: Thrillist

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