Have you ever seen people walking around with multicolored drinks that are full of little round balls? These delicious concoctions are a Taiwanese invention known as bubble tea, and they’ve been around making mouths happy for the last forty years.
Below you’ll find a list of the ten most popular bubble tea flavors in the world. The flavors of bubble tea vary wildly, and there are lots of different sweeteners and syrups you can add to them. Check out a few varieties and see if this cool, creamy beverage is a good match for you!
What Is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea, also known as boba milk tea or pearl milk tea, originated in Taiwan but has since spread across the entire world as a popular tea-time beverage. This drink is so popular across Asia that many enthusiasts carry around a special boba tea mug with them in a sling to get their favorite.
Another great thing about bubble tea is that it comes in a wide variety of different flavors. This makes it a fun beverage if you enjoy swapping up your caffeine options rather than drinking the same thing every day. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the best flavors of bubble tea on the market.
Taro Milk Bubble Tea
If you’ve ever seen someone drinking a purple-colored boba milk tea, chances are they were drinking taro milk tea. Taro is an Asian tuber with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor that goes well with milk tea. If you’ve ever eaten a sweet potato, the flavor of taro is quite similar. Taro is naturally white, so this drink is usually dyed purple to help identify its flavor.
Along with being delicious, taro root is also associated with the following health benefits:
- Improved digestion and intestinal health
- Stable blood sugar health
- Weight loss
Iced Thai Milk Bubble Tea
Along with Taiwan, Thailand has been quick to adopt bubble tea as a popular street beverage since its introduction in the 1980s. Iced Thai bubble tea is recognizable for its bright pastel orange color and is a black tea infused with several different aromatic spices, such as:
- Star anise
- Masala chai
The sweet flavor of condensed milk and spices in Thai iced tea makes it a popular perennial bubble tea favorite, especially in warm climates and in places that serve spicy food.
Matcha Milk Bubble Tea
Matcha milk bubble tea is Japan’s contribution to the bubble tea craze, and this version of bubble tea involves a creamy green tea base with a beautiful bright lime-green coloring. It’s important to keep in mind that when you’re making matcha milk bubble tea at home, the quality of the matcha you use will make a big difference in the final results.
Along with its delicious green tea flavor, matcha milk bubble teas are also visually impressive when they’re layered since they have a dark brown layer of boba pearls in the bottom, a creamy white middle, and a bright green top.
Honeydew Milk Bubble Tea
Honeydew melon might seem like an odd flavor to pair with bubble tea, but the unique fusion of fresh melon and creamy tea is a winning combination. Honeydew is a musk melon similar to cantaloupe in flavor and texture, but it is a pale green color rather than orange. Honeydew milk bubble tea has a similar pale sage green color to a mixed matcha bubble tea.
Honeydew melon milk bubble tea might have a great taste, but it also has some surprising health benefits too. Honeydew melon is associated with the following health benefits:
- Strengthens hair, teeth, and bone
- Rich source of Vitamin C, potassium, and other vital nutrients
- Hydrating and cooling effect on the body in hot weather
Tiger Milk Bubble Tea
Tiger milk tea is a caramel-flavored bubble tea named for the stripes that develop in this drink when it is layered with a brown sugar syrup. Although tiger milk tea is called tea, it actually doesn’t contain any tea.
Tiger milk tea is just a combination of milk and brown sugar, so it’s great for people who want to drink bubble tea without any caffeine.
Mango Milk Bubble Tea
Mango milk tea has a wonderful tropical flavor that is perfect for hot summer days, and it’s simple to make yourself if you don’t want to purchase it in a shop. All you need is the following ingredients:
- Black tea
- Boba pearls
- Mango nectar
- Cream, condensed milk, or regular milk
If you want to start making your own bubble tea, mango milk tea is a great place to start. Check out this simple recipe over at Sprinkle Bakes.
Black Milk Bubble Tea
If you don’t like a bunch of odd flavors in your bubble tea, there’s always the option to get a plain old-fashioned black milk bubble tea. This bubble tea is slightly less sweet than many other types of bubble tea and will just have a basic creamy tea flavor, so it’s perfect if you’ve never tried bubble tea before and you want to start with something simple.
Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea
With its beautiful pastel pink shade combined with a layer of dark boba pearls, strawberry milk bubble tea is one of the most colorful bubble teas you can find in a tea shop or stand.
Strawberry milk bubble tea is created by combining black or green tea with strawberry milk and boba pearls.
Like other types of bubble tea, strawberry milk tea is sweetened with simple syrup. You can also add a strawberry syrup to add an even stronger strawberry flavor to your drink.
Almond Milk Bubble Tea
Almond milk bubble teas are the perfect choice for people who want to indulge in bubble milk tea, but don’t want to drink anything that has actual dairy in it. In almond milk bubble tea, almond milk is used instead and combined with boba pearls, black tea, and sweeteners.
Another advantage of almond milk bubble tea is that it’s vegan. Even if you’re avoiding animal products altogether, you can still enjoy some delicious boba.
Coffee Milk Bubble Tea
If black and green tea alone don’t have enough caffeine to get you through the workday (or you just don’t like the flavor of them) a coffee milk flavored bubble tea can give you an extra energy boost to pull you through your afternoon slump. Bubble pearls can add a nice chewy layer to any iced coffee drink.
Bubble Teas Have a Flavor for Everyone
Whether you like your bubble tea super sweet or a little more on the smooth side, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. If you don’t like the first bubble tea you try, be sure to experiment with some different types to see if you can find your favorite!