We need to talk about bubble tea


What’s up with this Taiwanese bubble tea stuff? It looks awful, but I admit I’ve never tried it. A friend recently told me that she thought it tasted like a candle. By the way, I’ve never tried to bite off a piece of a candle with flavor or anything else.

And what are those little floating round things on top? You know what they look like, don’t you? The drink, also known as boba tea, consists of tea, milk, ice, and those hideous-looking tapioca pearls.

Bad little things! The drink is shaken together like a martini and served with a thick straw to soak up the tapioca marbles that collect at the bottom of the cup.

Look, this might work for you, but personally, I DO NOT WANT TO CHEW MY DRINK! Call me old fashioned Think about it, you are relaxing in your favorite coffee shop and enjoying your bubble tea drink and you are sucking your straw and one of those tapioca things flies into your mouth. Ewwww!

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These “pearls” are boiled in huge bubbly vats and soaked in sugary caramelized syrup for hours until they’re ready to be dripped into your bubble tea. But I have an even better idea, instead of chewy little tapioca pearls, to put small balls of milk chocolate in my Boba tea, which I rename to “ChocoTea”.

On the positive side, this adventurous drink comes in a variety of flavors such as chocolate and vanilla. In addition, you should know that the chewy tapioca balls are very valued in Taiwan.

Bubble or Boba Tea has caught on in the States, and if you haven’t tried it and are inclined to do it, it’s available at Pho Vietnam and Papa Tea in Danbury. WARNING: DO NOT get one of these tapioca balls popped up your nose.

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Remembering the Great Danbury State Fair (1869-1981)

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