New tea trend: Bubble Tea

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If you like to keep yourself updated with all things tea, then you may have heard or read articles about Bubble Tea, so what exactly is it and why is everyone loving it?

Bubble Tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in the 1980’s. There are two typical types; fruit flavoured teas and milk teas. Usually, black tea is used in Bubble Teas, but most teas can be used as well.  The ‘bubble’ element of the drink comes from the tapioca pearls, which are cooked in brown sugar to create chewy balls. The oldest known Bubble Tea recipe consisted of a mixture of hot Taiwanese Black Tea, small tapioca pearls, condensed milk and syrup or honey. Many variations have been created, and Bubble Tea is now usually served cold rather than hot.

This drink phenomenon soon spread from Taiwan to other Asian countries, and more recently to the US and Australia; one Bubble Tea company, Chatime, has over 63 stores in Melbourne and Sydney and in 2012, McDonalds started serving Bubble Tea in Germany and Austria.

Bubble Tea has been described as modern, trendy way for young people to enjoy tea and its varied flavour combinations make it an enjoyable drink for everyone.

This new trend is not all good though, while Bubble Tea’s may have some good health benefits depending on the ingredients and the tea used to make it, they are still high in sugar and calories; the tapioca pearls alone are 160 calories per ¼ cup serving! Combine that with the other ingredients and the drink could be up to 400 calories.  As irresistible as they may be, it’d be best to make Bubble Tea an occasional indulgence.

No onto you readers; have any of you tried a Bubble Tea? What were your thoughts on it?

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