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!