Bubble Tea FAQ

bubble tea faq

Bubble Tea FAQ

As bubble tea is a growing craze across the globe we thought it’d be a handy for you guys if we compiled a Bubble Tea FAQ page to answer your questions. Have a read through to have your bubble tea FAQ answered or to learn something new. You can also click through on the links to our products, recipes and bubble tea supplies!


What is bubble tea?

This obviously has to be number 1 on our list of bubble tea FAQ! Bubble Tea is a Taiwanese drink craze that has spread all around the world. It usually consists of a tea base shaken with either fruit or milk creamers. Traditionally, chewy tapioca pearls are added to this milky tea but sometimes these are replaced with fruit jellies or popping boba like our Bursting Bubbles. Read our blog post about milk bubble tea.



What are boba bubbles?

Not a fan of chewy tapioca pearls in your bubble tea? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our PopaBall products are a type of bubble tea bubble called popping boba which are often used as an alternative to using tapioca. They are little bubbles of fruity juice which burst in your mouth with flavour when you bite down on them! The outer casing of these bubble tea boba bubbles is made from a seaweed extract so these little bundles of deliciousness are vegan and coeliac friendly (but still check the label!). Simply make up a bubble tea using some bubble tea powder from our website or the PopaBall website and then add in a third of a tub of your PopaBall boba. Each tub has enough boba for 3 drinks and at only 33 cals each per serving they’re guilt free too! We think this makes for a wonderful boba tea experience, just use one of our included chunky telescopic straws to get a pop of flavour with every mouthful of your bubble tea.



How do I use PopaBall Bursting Bubbles?

Add a generous spoonful into your favourite cold drinks (not just bubble tea) such as juices, milkshakes, cocktails or prosecco, suck them up through a chunky straw included in the pack and feel them burst with fruity juice as you bite them. In super fizzy prosecco they float to the top so you can nibble them off the top, try PopaBall Bubbles for Prosecco.



Can I use boba bubbles in hot drinks?

Boba tend to melt in hot drinks so it’s best not to use them if you want to experience the bursts of juice!



Can I bake with boba bubbles?

Absolutely! We have a wonderful collection of bubble tea baking recipes such as a Mango Bubble Tea Cake and our Strawberry Bubble Tea Cupcakes. Some of the bubbles burst and infuse their flavour into the bake and other hold their shape for you to pop when you bite them.



Can I freeze boba bubbles?

We used Cherry Boba in our Bubble Tea Popsicles so yes you can freeze them. They may lose their shape slightly but they still taste just as yummy!



Can I make bubble tea at home?

Of course! We have everything you need to make delicious bubble tea at home on our Bubble Tea page. Our bubble tea kits mean it is even easier to make bubble tea from the comfort of your own home. Choose you favourite flavours of bubble tea powder and boba bubbles or select a bubble tea gift bag for a friend.


Are boba bubbles only for drinks?

Nope! We have lots of dessert recipes using bubble tea boba bubbles and bubble tea powders such as our Pina Colada & Passion Fruit Bubble Tea Cheesecake and Matcha Bubble Tea Fudge with Green Apple Bubbles. The possibilities are endless.



Are they suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, our boba are suitable for vegetarians as the outer casing is made using a seaweed extract NOT gelatine. Some of them are also vegan and coeliac friendly but be sure to check the label.



Where can I buy bubble tea supplies?

You can buy bubble tea supplies right here on our website. We have bubble tea powders, boba for bubble tea and bubble tea equipment such as cups, chunky straws and our bubble tea shaker! The PopaBall website also have a good range of bubble tea supplies as well as an exciting new alcohol and boba bubble collection!



Where can I get chunky bubble tea straws?

There is a telescopic chunky straw in every pack of PopaBall boba bubbles and some extra chunky straws in each bubble tea kit. But you can also buy a pack of 4 chunky bubble tea straws from our website to enjoy your bubble tea at home.



How long do PopaBall bubbles last?

Unopened they will keep for around 6 months. Once you open them replace the lid and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



Can I buy these for my shop?

If you’re interested in stocking PopaBall or TeaShed products in your store get in touch with us on info@the-teashed.co.uk or via our contact form!



Can I get bigger sized tubs?

We also offer larger tubs containing 3kg of boba bubbles, perfect for big events or commercial use. You can get in touch with us regarding larger bubble tea supplies using the details above.



How do I store PopaBall bubbles?

Store the pack of bubbles in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight. Once opened replace the lid and keep them in the fridge.



Hope this Bubble Tea FAQ has been helpful! If we missed a question or query you can ask us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll add it to this list.

Love The TeaShed Xx