Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a delicacy that began in Taiwan. The drink takes green tea and combines it with tapioca pearls to provide a “chewy” consistency. Calories will vary based on the recipe.
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In 1983 Taiwan entrepreneur Liu Han-Chieh brought tapioca pearls to his country. Han-Chieh added the pearls to flavored tea to create the “bubble” effect. Pearls sit on the top and the bottom of the drink and move into the mouth through a thick straw.
Calories vary by ingredients. There are two primary variables -- plain tea or with milk. A 12.7 ounce of plain boba green tea has 207 calories. American company Lollipop lists calories for their Boba tea with milk, as 440 per 16 ounces. This may vary depending on the recipe.
The most notable ingredient in boba tea is sugar. According to Myfitnesspal.com, without milk there is roughly 22 grams of sugar. With milk the sugar content rises to 52 grams. Other significant totals for tea without milk include 10 grams cholesterol, 45 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein. For tea with milk there are 78 grams of carbs and 2 grams of sugar.