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
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!