What is difference between boba and bubble tea?

The terms "boba" and "bubble tea" are often used interchangeably, but they refer to slightly different components of the popular Taiwanese beverage. Here's the distinction:

  1. Bubble Tea: Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba tea, refers to the entire beverage. It typically consists of a base tea (such as black, green, or oolong tea) mixed with milk or fruit flavors, sweetened with sugar or syrup, and served over ice. Bubble tea can be made with or without tapioca pearls (boba) and may also include other toppings such as fruit jelly or popping boba.

  2. Boba: Boba specifically refers to the tapioca pearls that are added to bubble tea. These pearls are made from tapioca starch and are chewy, gelatinous balls that are typically black or translucent. Boba adds texture and a unique mouthfeel to bubble tea, and they are consumed along with the drink through a wide straw.

In summary, bubble tea is the overarching term for the entire beverage, while boba specifically refers to the tapioca pearls that are often included as a topping. However, the terms are often used interchangeably in colloquial conversation, and both are commonly associated with the popular Taiwanese drink.

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