If you’re a fan of bubble tea, then you’re probably familiar with boba. Sometimes referred to as the bubbles that sit at the bottom of a bubble tea drink, the bobas are made from a type of tapioca pearl. Today, you can find many varieties of boba.
Standard boba pearls are made from cassava root, which is a starchy tuber that is related to the yam. Tapioca starch is made from the cassava, and this starch is then compressed into balls to make tapioca pearls. Because of their clear color, traditional bobas can be made in a wide range of fun, bright colors.
The dark colored tapioca pearls that are a popular choice for bubble tea drinks are called black bobas. They are made in the same way that clear bobas are, except with the addition of caramel coloring or brown sugar to give them their dark color.
To increase the versatility of boba pearls, some locations offer flavored varieties. Flavored bobas are normal tapioca pearls that are cooked with or coated in a flavored syrup. The flavor possibilities for these pearls are endless, but some common favorites include honey, watermelon, orange, and strawberry.
To take the concept of flavored boba a bit further, popping bobas were developed. This boba variety is filled with fruit juice. When you bite down on a popping boba, it bursts inside your mouth, releasing the sweet juice. Popping boba comes in many flavors, with some popular ones being mango, passionfruit, banana, and pineapple.
When cooked, traditional boba is about ¾” in diameter. Mini bobas, as the name implies, are much smaller. Mini bobas are about half the size of regular bobas, meaning that they cook faster and smaller. Some people may find that mini bobas are easier to chew than the larger variety.
At our bubble tea shop in Houston, we provide free Wi-Fi for our customers, are open late, and offer boba and delicious tea flavors for you to try. To learn more about Happy TeaHouse & Café , call us today at (713) 469-3275.