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Baskin-Robbins adds Tiger Milk Bubble Tea to its summer menu

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  • Ice cream company Baskin-Robbins is including a popular Taiwanese drink on its menu for a limited time during spring and summer.
  • The brand’s new Tiger Milk Bubble Tea is created with black tea, whole milk and a layer of brown sugar boba, with brown sugar syrup drizzled down the sides, giving the drink its signature “tiger stripes.”
  • The specialty beverage is topped with a scoop of Baskin-Robbins vanilla ice cream.
  • According to the company, the new beverage “pays homage to the beloved Taiwanese milk tea that has taken the world by storm, characterized by bubbly layers of flavor and eye-catching streaks of brown sugar syrup that resemble tiger stripes when paired against the kaleidoscope of cool black tea and milk.”

American ice cream company Baskin-Robbins has added bubble tea to its constantly expanding menu. 

Taking its cue from the classic Taiwanese beverage, Tiger Milk Bubble Tea is created with black tea, whole milk and a layer of brown sugar boba, with brown sugar syrup drizzled down the sides, giving the drink its signature “tiger stripes.” 

Saying ‘Boba’ is Better Than Saying ‘Bubble Tea’. Fight Me

The great Taiwanese blend of tea, milk and an optional bunch of tapioca pearls from the 80’s has enjoyed an increasing presence in the United States in recent years. Still, many Americans — even those of Asian descent — could not quite agree on what to call it, as well as when to use whatever name they have for it.

For starters, the division lies between drinkers in the East and West Coasts, which, for the most part, have referred to the beverage as “bubble tea” and “boba tea,” respectively. Then, it becomes a question of technical usage.

What is Boba? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Talk to someone in Southern California, and they call it boba. In the midwest, it’s sometimes called tapioca. In New York, they’ll say bubble tea. But what exactly is it and where can we get some?

The word “boba” refers to the thick, black chewy toppings that one would find on the bottom of their ice cold fruity or milky drink. The bits are made with sugar and tapioca flour and was traditionally served as part of a sweet dessert in Taiwan.