I had never heard, much less tried Bubble Tea, until a few months ago when my great niece Rachel mentioned having some. Since speaking to my niece I have found out that Bubble Tea is becoming quite popular here in the United States. You can even order Bubble Tea charms that come in a variety of colors. I have provided a link here in case anyone is interested.
There is also a special Bubble Tea day celebrated here in the states.
Bubble Tea, which is also known as Pearl Milk, originated in Taiwan in the 1980's. It started as a childhood drink that was sold at stands outside of schools. The recipes for the tea vary, but most have a tea base, milk, ice, fruit or fruit syrup, and Tapioca starch called pearls.
The tea is sipped through a large straw which causes the pearls to float about in the cup. At times the pearls come up through the straw and taste like gummy candy. Children seem to especially enjoy this.
After speaking to my niece I knew I wanted to try Bubble Tea myself so one lazy Sunday afternoon Charli and I headed over to one of the Bubble Tea stores in our area.
I couldn't believe all of the different kinds of tea and flavors to choose from! The gentleman at the service counter was very helpful and he let me try different samples of the tea. I eventually settled on a strawberry flavored Bubble Tea.
The gentleman was just beginning to demonstrate and explain the process of making the tea when a woman walked into the store. She was upset because someone had left this POOR little puppy in a car all alone. She said she was sure something was wrong with the dog because of the way it was carrying on. When I asked her if the dog in question happened to be gray and have big ears she said yes. I explained to the woman that the dog was mine and this is what she does if she is left alone for even a minute. She howls and bays until I come and get her. Needless to say I left the store and noted Charli had already acquired another audience in the form of a little boy and his dad.
There she was, barking and howling! My little rascal! What a stinker she is! When I walked up to the car she refused to look at me she was so mad. Charli, Charli, what am I ever going to do with you???
The Bubble Tea was quite interesting and delicious. It was very sweet and unusual tasting.
Even though I liked it, in the end, I think I will stick to my Starbucks frappuccino if I'm in the mood to splurge on extra calories. I just love the coconut mocha! I justify having it by omitting the whip cream and ordering it with skim milk instead of whole.
What about you? Have you tried Bubble Tea? If you so did you like it? Or are you a Starbucks fan like me?
I hope all of you have a great week! Charli and I will be out and about enjoying our wonderful weather.