History of Bubble Tea

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Bubble tea (or boba as it’s known to many) is our specialty here at Fruitealicious! We love the variety of flavors and tasty nature of this drink. But how did bubble tea come to be? Let’s take a look at the history behind the refreshment we’ve all come to love.

Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. As the story goes, the founder of the Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan visited Japan and saw that they served their coffee in a similar fashion. The teahouse’s product development manager then set to work figuring out exactly how to apply this method to serving tea. The result was the addition of sweetened pudding and tapioca balls into iced tea. The teahouse branched out into a franchise, and the bubble tea drink quickly became the most popular item on the menu.

From its simple beginnings, the bubble tea ingredients list has expanded significantly. Bases include different kinds of black tea, green tea, white tea and even coffee. It is common practice for milk or a milk substitute to be used in making bubble tea, but not all teahouses include this ingredient.

The flavors that bubble teas come in vary greatly. Fruit flavors are among the most popular, including flavors such as strawberry, peach, lychee and banana. Other flavors may include taro, chocolate, lavender and rose. The range of flavors depends heavily on the preference of the individual teahouse. Many teahouses offer blended versions of their drinks as well. Typically, the “bubble” pieces in bubble tea are made up of tapioca balls. However, other options exist, such as flavored jelly or taro balls.

As you can see, bubble tea has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1980s Taiwan. With such a variety of options, everyone is sure to find their favorite drink in the bubble tea family. Stop by your local Fruitealicious and try one out today!