Battle of the Bubbles: Popping Boba vs Tapioca

Battle of the Bubbles: Popping Boba vs Tapioca

Tapioca pearls have become incredibly popular because of the rapid increase in demand for Bubble tea. Popping Boba is very similar to tapioca pearls because they are used in Bubble tea as toppings or add-ons, and you might find it hard to tell them apart. 

Tapioca pearls are not to be mistaken for popping Boba. Tapioca pearls have a chewy texture and always come in a deep black colour. Meanwhile, popping Boba are coloured, non-chewy balls that burst when consumed, thus its name. It's also known under many names such as bursting Boba, popping bubbles, juice balls, and bursting bubbles. 

Popping Boba is going mainstream nowadays, being offered by not only Bubble tea shops, but also some popular food chains as a topping for their beverages. Although the most common drink popping Boba is served with Bubble tea or milk tea, it is not the only drink that can be combined with it. It is versatile and may be mixed in yoghurt, smoothies, pancakes, and muffins.

Tapioca Pearls: The Original Chewy Delight

black boba pearls

 Why We Love Them:

  • Classic chewy texture with a deep black colour.
  • Staple in Bubble tea shops and various food chains.
  • Tapioca pearls are versatile and can enhance yoghurt, smoothies, pancakes, and muffins.

Points to Note:

  • Requires cooking, adding extra preparation time.
  • Satisfying chewiness, but some may find it a bit much.
  • Flavour options are somewhat limited compared to popping Boba.

Popping Boba: Bursting with Fun and Flavour

fruity popping boba pearls

What Makes Them Pop:

  • Bursts of fruity flavours in colourful, non-chewy balls.
  • Popping Boba is popular among younger customers.
  • Delivers a playful burst of flavour with every bite.
  • Requires no preparation; can be consumed immediately.

Points to Note:

  • Texture may not appeal to everyone.
  • Availability might be limited compared to tapioca pearls.
  • Intense bursts of flavour may be overwhelming for some.

Using popping Boba over tapioca pearls has its perks, however, it is still a matter of preference. There is no 'objectively better' topping because it is still up to you to choose. If you're craving more Bubble tea content, check out our articles on 6 of the best Bubble tea combinations and a step-by-step guide on how to brew your own Boba at home. 

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