The Values of Fruitealicious

At Fruitealicious, we’re proud of our yummy and refreshing variety of drinks. But we’re also proud of our staff and the values we strive to instill in each and every one of our employees. We’ve watched as countless employees go on to reach amazing heights in their lives after working at Fruitealicious. Let’s take a look at our core values!

Persistence

We encourage the ability to overcome adversity. Any job comes with its challenges, but it’s how you learn and grow from those situations that truly sets you apart.

Effort

We want to develop a great work ethic in all of our employees. We consider effort a measurement of how hard you try when you don’t want to.

Attitude

You can’t always change your situation, but you can control how you react to it. That’s called attitude, and we prefer ours positive and productive.

Communication

Communication is super important in a work environment, and good communication skills help all of the relationships in your life.

Empathy

When we care about others, it drives us to do our best work for them. Encouraging empathy at work translates into great customer service.

Together our core values form the acronym P-E-A-C-E. We strive for a peaceful and productive work environment everyday. It’s these values that keep our customers impressed and loyal, and that prepare our employees for their future endeavors. Here are a few testimonials from past employees of Fruitealicious!

The skills I learned at Fruitealicious, especially those to do with teamwork and work ethic, have been a key part of where I am in my career now. – Kaitlin

I learned what a good work ethic was and how to achieve it through optimism, perseverance, and accountability. – Henry

I would not take back my experience as a Fruitealicious Mixologist for anything in the world. It melded me into the hard-working, dedicated, and positive person I am today. – Gema

So stop on by and meet the staff we’re so proud of! We can’t wait for you to experience our excellent customer service and of course, our amazing drinks. See you soon!

Best Bubble Tea in Dallas

Bubble tea takes refreshment to a whole new level. The tea or fruity base combined with chewy mix-ins is like any other drink you can get. At Fruitealicious in Dallas, we take bubble tea to places it’s never gone before – giving you a one of a kind experience every visit.

How We Started Our Bubble Teas

Jon and Carmen started with a vision. They wanted to create unique beverages with a balance of texture and flavor. In 2008, they took the first step to bringing their vision to life when the opened the first Fruitealicious location in Carrollton, Texas.

Making Beverages Fun

We’re all about bending the rules – at least the ones related to beverages. Every one of our locations in the Dallas area is focused on giving you a one of a kind experience every time you come see us. We pride ourselves on best in class service and we do this by hiring our biggest fans.

Almost Endless Boba Combinations

Have you seen our menu? It’s huge! And everything on it can be combined to create the perfect boba treat for your tastes on any given day. Or if you’re not feeling like boba, there are almost infinite combinations of lemonades, slushes or shakes to be created. All together, it’s more than 10,000 drink combinations.

Quality Matters

With all those combinations, we are equally as focused on providing high-quality boba to all of Dallas-Fort Worth. Our tapioca balls are cooked in small batches throughout the day to ensure you get the perfect mix-in every time. All of our fruit is chopped fresh daily – we don’t even have refrigerators! And our fruit jellies and popping boba are ordered from high quality sources. Many of our suppliers ship direct from Taiwan – the home of bubble tea.

 

Next time you’re looking for a truly unique beverage experience, come see us at Fruitealicious. We’ve got the best bubble tea in Dallas.

Different Types of Boba

Walking into any of our Fruitealicous locations in the Dallas area is like walking into a magical, colorful playground. Even the most experienced boba lover can be a bit overwhelmed. Let us walk you through the amazing add-ins you’ll see.

Tapioca Balls

This is not the tapioca you think of in stores or cooking on grandma’s stove. Our tapioca balls are black and chewy and taste like caramel. The American version is white and kind of unappetizing. The tapioca pearls used in boba are infused with brown sugar – YUM! While some places cook tapioca balls once or twice a day, we cook them in small batches all day long – sometime as many as nine batches in one day!

Pro tip: if you love caramel flavor or our tapioca balls, you’ll love our Spotted Cow bubble tea.

Rainbow Jellies

So pretty, right?! We’d like to take a minute to correct an assumption. These are NOT made from gelatin. Made from coconut water, they’re vegetarian friendly! Each color has a fabulous flavor to go with it, such as mango, passion fruit, strawberry and pineapple. The firm texture adds an interesting dimension to your bubble tea. The Rainbow Jellies are bit softer and milder flavored than the fruit flavored ones.

Pro tip: Coffee jellies are great with Thai tea!

Pop Boba

The boba that POPS in your mouth! It’s a surprise in every bite! Each burst propels a powerful bit of fruit juice into your mouth. We’ve got many flavors to choose from, including strawberry, pina colada, passion fruit and even yogurt! Ask for a sample next time you come by.

Pro tip: Contrasting the flavor of your pop boba with the flavor of your bubble tea base produces great results.

Fresh Fruit

You’ll notice when you stop into any of our locations in the Dallas area that we don’t have a freezer. The fresh mango, strawberry, kiwi and pineapple bits we offer are diced each morning. They add flavor and a serving of fruit to your bubble tea or smoothie.

Pro tip: Try our Tootie Fruitie mix or ask for Double Fruit to kick up your fruity experience!

Create Your Own Bubble Tea in Dallas

If you’ve ever ordered boba at an Asian restaurant, you know that they usually come in set flavor combinations. Many of them sound appetizing, and that’s great, but at Fruitealicious, we give you the freedom to make your own amazing bubble tea combinations. The possibilities are endless!

Step One

First step is choosing your base. Traditionally, boba bases are tea. We have jasmine, black, oolong and Thai teas to choose from. In modern times, sweeter bases have become popular. At each of our Fruitealicious locations, you can also opt for sparkling soda or lemonade as a base.

Step Two

Once you’ve got your base, it’s time to choose your flavor. Lychee and milk tea are more traditional. We’ve got those, but we’ve also got a huge variety of interesting flavors. If you’re in the mood for something tropical, try mango, passion fruit, guava, or pineapple. More American fruity flavor options include peach, green apple and watermelon. We got crazy for berries too. Check out the strawberry, blueberry and raspberry flavor options. We’ve also got yogurt and honey flavors if you’re in the mood for something different.

Step Three

The final step to creating your own delicious bubble tea treat is choosing your mixers. Our jelly options include mango, rainbow, passion fruit, strawberry, green apple, pineapple, lychee, peach and coffee. If you’re feeling fruity, you can add bits for strawberry, mango, pineapple, watermelon, peach or kiwi. We’ve also got pops to add in. These come in mango, strawberry, passion fruit, lychee or yogurt flavors. If none of these have grabbed you, try honey tapioca, flan pudding or aloe vera bits. Did you know ingesting aloe vera gives your body a vitamin E boost?

Come on by our Fruitealicious location in the Dallas area to make your own bubble tea creations. We look forward to serving you and seeing what fabulous flavor combinations you come up with!

Frozen Bubble Tea to Beat the Dallas Heat

Are you ready for summer? Many days in Dallas, the heat is so strong that people simply move from an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned building. And even that can bring on the sweats like a full workout. On days like that, an ice-cold drink can be a welcome refresher, pick me up, or after work kick-back. All five of our Fruitealicious locations have you covered!

Something Fruity and Frozen

Feel like something sweet? Our fruity frozen creations hit the spot. Tropical flavors like mango, guava and pineapple are blended with grenadine. Strawberry Shortcake is like dessert in a cup with whipped cream swirls. YUM! We go crazy with coconut, mango, lemon, strawberries and raspberries to make the most fabulous creations you can imagine.

Chocolatey Goodness in a Cup

If you’ve had a super stressful day, maybe you’re more in the mood for something chocolatey rather than fruity. Check out our Frozen Hot Chocolate. If that’s not quite sweet enough, try our caramel and tapioca creation known as the Spotted Cow.

It’s a Mystery

Feeling adventurous? Our mixologists can help you come up with a refreshing, fruity drink that will surprise your taste buds and keep you sipping for more. Each fruity bit will be a delicious surprise! Make a game of it with your friends and see who can guess all the ingredients.

Frozen Caffeine

Sometimes you need an energy boost, but your body doesn’t want hot coffee - its craving cold. Our fabulous frozen drinks give you both. Choose from coffee, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and mocha flavors. They quench your thirst, give you an energy boost and help you cool off. It’s a perfect combination.

Next time you’re sweating bullets in Dallas, drop by any of our five Fruitealicious locations for a tasty frozen drink. We’ll have the air conditioner cranking too!

Who Drank the First Boba Tea?

How many times have you been in a meeting, bored out of your mind and playing with your food? We bet you’ve made some pretty interesting concoctions in those moments. Tuna and chip sandwiches, chocolate chip cookies with fluff…the list is endless.

Believe it or not, the first person to drink bubble tea was just like you, sitting in a meeting bored and playing with her food. Picture this: There year is 1988. A female product development manager for Chun Shui Tang teahouse in Taitung, Taiwan. The presentations are dragging on and she needs to do manage her frustrations.

The meeting is supposed to be fun – choosing tea related songs for the annual staff party, but progress is slow. As she’s sipping her iced and Assam and scarfing down fen yuan (a sweetened tapioca dessert) she angrily dumps the fen yuan balls into her Assam. Much to her surprise, it was delicious! Thus, boba was born!

It turned out her colleagues agreed – and far more easily than they selected tea songs for the staff party! They put this tasty new creation on the menu. It became an instant hit! The woman’s name: Ms. Lin. And no, she did not wind up the richest woman in Taiwan. The country doesn’t use the patent system the way we do. Instead, the drink became a cultural icon and Ms. Lin was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Fruitealicious in Dallas thanks Ms. Lin (and her indecisive colleagues) for creating such a tasty and fun beverage. We enjoy watching our customers channel their childhood (no matter what their age) as they drink through the oversized straws that come with every boba order.

Stop by any of our five Dallas locations. We offer a variety of tea and tapioca ball flavors to create an array of delectable bubble teas. We look forward to serving you and your family!

Taiwan's Tea Culture

Like many Asian cultures, tea plays a large role in the culture of Taiwan. In Dallas, we’re thankful for their contributions, including Bubble Tea which began there. Tea houses, also known as tea-arts shops are located in every major city and town all over Taiwan. Oolong style teas are the most popular in Taiwan.

History of Tea in Taiwan

Over 300 years ago, the first wild tea trees were found growing on Taiwan. Beginning 200 years ago, these wild tea trees were brought to estates and farms and the process of cultivation for consumption began.  Today, many tea varieties are cultivated, but Taiwan remains most known for its oolong teas.

Tea Ceremony

Tea ceremonies are an integral part of Taiwanese culture. They’re a way to slow down, enjoy the full experience of tea and connect with loved ones. Ambiance is important. Often flowers, incense and soft music are added to the tea ceremony space to create a truly peaceful environment.

Tea ceremonies are highly ritualized. Prior to brewing, a six-step preparation process is performed. The idea is to warm and sterilize the cup and teapot while giving participants an opportunity to inspect the leaves.

Traditionally, the first brew is discarded. There may be some flavor reasons behind this. The first brew generally releases a lot of tannins from the leaves. It can make the first brew quite strong and bitter. Discarding the first brew means that all following ones are full of oolong flavor and not overly bitter.

Once brewed, tea is served to guests in a circular fashion from a communal pitcher. Depending on the tea, this can be repeated eight times or more. Each brew requires slightly long infusion time to extract additional flavor.

Before sipping the tea, participants enjoy its aroma. Traditionally tea is poured into a scent cup and the drinking cup is inverted over it creating the “dragon and phoenix in auspicious union” which is often viewed as a prayer for prosperity and wellness. This is then inverted and the scent cup is removed from the drinking cup. At this point, the tea is drunk.

The ceremony is concluded by passing the used leaves around for guests to appreciate and compliment. It’s then time to clean up. Items are cleaned with hot water and left to dry naturally.

Our boba isn’t quite as ritualized as a Taiwanese tea ceremony, but it’s enjoyable experience in a different way. Come see us at any of our Dallas locations and try bubble tea yourself.

Dallas Activities are Better with Bubble Tea

Dallas is home to unique cultural spots and seasonal activities. There’s plenty of fun to be had for the young and young at heart. What turns an already fun day into an amazing day? Bubble tea! Here are some of our favorite Dallas events and attractions to enjoy with a bubble tea before, during or after.

Top Golf

Mini-golf and batting cages! Such a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. They also make a great date activity. You can grab some good eats at Top Golf and then bring your date or batting buddies over to Fruitealicious for some bubble tea. We’ve got so many flavors no one will miss the more traditional ice cream option.

Go Ape

Treetop swings, zip lines and ropes courses are an exciting way to spend two or three hours on a weekend. You’ll work up a sweat and an appetite swing through the trees like an ape or monkey. That’s how you know it’s time for some bubble tea to cap off an exciting afternoon.

Texas Sculpture Garden

Free and open to the public, the sculpture garden showcases are from local Dallas artists. It’s a great way to stroll outside on a nice day and take in some local culture. Stop for a boba tea on your way there so you’ll have something to sip and enjoy while you walk the trails.

White Rock Lake

With more than nine miles of hiking and biking trails and more than 1 million visitors a year, White Rock Lake is considered the “crown jewel of Dallas’ park system.” The lake is perfect for sailing or kayaking and there are many gorgeous photo opportunities through the 1,015 acres. If you bring bubble tea with you for your picnic or nature walk, please make sure you take your trash out with you – keep Dallas beautiful!

What are some of your favorite attractions and activities in Dallas? Try enjoying them with a bubble tea as part of your day. We bet it’ll make it even more fun!

What Makes Boba So Good?

Boba, also known as bubble tea, is a tasty treat on a hot Dallas day, or any day for that matter. The sweet bubbly liquid and squishy tapioca balls combine to make a fun, delectable treat that’s perfect between meals or as dessert. But what really makes boba so good?

Flavors

Originally, boba was made with black or green tea, but it’s expanded significantly since then. Today, boba comes in a variety of flavors and styles.  Tea varieties include matcha and herbal tea flavors. For folks who aren’t fans of tea of any kind, you can also get boba in a variety of fruit juice flavors. Each one is added to and shaken to create the bubbles at the top, which is where the name bubble tea comes from.

Tapioca Balls

The pearls, or balls, in boba should be chewy like gummy bears. They’re made in a variety of colors and each boba tea creator has his or her own special recipe that they expanded from the original. The balls are made in a variety of flavors to compliment the flavor of the liquid in your boba. They also come in a range of colors so they look cool in the bottom of your clear plastic boba cup.

The Straw

As you might suspect, you need a special straw to drink boba. One that’s wide enough to suck the boba up without getting caught. And there’s a trick to putting the straw in your boba correctly! Instead of simply pushing the straw through the top of your boba cup, you need to cover the straw with your thumb and push the straw straight down. Why? Because that’s how the boba drinking pros do it! What more reason do you need?

Find out for yourself what makes boba so good. Stop by any of our four delicious Fruitealicious locations in the Dallas area. You’ll be hooked!

 

Fun Facts About Bubble Tea

The sweet and tasty drink known as bubble tea or boba tea is quickly sweeping the nation. We love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they stop in at any of our four Fruitealicious Dallas locations and take that first sip of a specially made bubble tea. Bubble tea is as fun as it sounds and there’s some really fun facts to go along with it.

A Bored Woman in a Meeting Invented It

Seriously. You know the story that Toll House Cookies were invented by accident when a toll taker’s wife was in a hurry to bring cookies to the toll booth? Well boba has a similar story. As we understand it, the story is that a product development manager for Chun Shui Tang tea house in Taitung was in meeting sipping iced Assam and munching on her fen yuan (sweetened tapioca dessert). She was bored and to entertain herself she plopped the fen yuan into her beverage. It was so good, it wound up on the tea house’s menu and became a hit.

Boba Doesn’t Mean Balls or Pearls

Originally, 1/12” tapioca balls were used, giving rise to the name pearl milk or pearl tea. As it gained in popularity, one shop owner tried to differentiate himself by using larger, ¼” tapioca balls. He called them boba. In Chinese, the word boba is a combination of the characters for bubble and big. In slang, these are used to mean “big breast” or buxom lady.” We’re not sure, but it’s a good bet that his product took off.

The Bubble in Bubble Tea Isn’t What You Think

Most people think that the word bubble in bubble tea refers to the colorful, chewy tapioca balls found on the bottom. In fact, the bubble refers to the foam on the top. Originally, bubble tea was made without the use of tapioca balls. Shop owners prepared it by adding milk to tea and shaking it, which caused the foaming action. Boba is made the same way with the addition of tapioca balls.

If you’re ready to get your smile on and try some bubble tea, stop by any of our Dallas locations. We’ll see you soon!

Bubble Tea Recipes

Boba juice has become so popular. And with good reason. It tastes GREAT and it’s fun to drink. We get customers every day asking how they can make bubble tea at home. While we suggest you come to us because we’re the boba experts, we know it’s not always possible to get out in the Dallas area and indulge. With time, the right supplies and a little effort, you can make boba tea at home too. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes from around the web.

Traditional Bubble Tea

Note the use of the word tea. Traditional bubble tea is made from tea, usually black tea, with chewy tapioca balls added at the end. The process is laid out and clearly explained, with photo, in this blog from kirbiecravings.com.

Strawberry Mango Boba

With warmer weather approaching, the fruity, tropical flavors of strawberry and mango are very refreshing. Unlike traditional bubble tea, this boba is made with juice and milk (or a non-dairy replacement.) Get the recipe and accompanying video here.

Honeydew Bubble Tea

That light green melon is so flavorful and juicy, it’s no wonder it works well as a bubble tea. And the color of the finished product is fabulous. Check out the how-to here.

Boba Coffee

A totally American twist on the Asian drink, make boba with iced coffee instead of tea. It’s a divine way to start a morning or grab an afternoon pick-me-up. Or make it with decaf for a bubble tea that’s actually coffee! Get the scoop here.

Have you tried making bubble tea at home? How did it go? If you can’t get out to see us, give it a try. Otherwise, stop by any of our Fruitealicious Dallas locations and try any of our amazing boba flavors. We love suggestions for new flavors too!