Fat Straws FAQs
Bubble tea also known as pearl milk tea, boba milk tea, or boba originates from Taiwan in the early 1980s. This drink is far from the plain-looking tea that you are generally familiar with and it is hard to explain to the uninitiated. It is non-alcoholic and non-carbonated. The tea is sweet, though it has less sugar than a typical soft drink.
Boba, also known as tapioca pearls or tapioca balls, is derived from the starch of the cassava root. It is produced by passing the moist starch through a sieve under pressure. When cooked perfectly, Tapioca pearls becomes a sweet chewy ball with a gummy-bear like texture about 1/4 of an inch in diameter. The dark coloring is natural for unbleached tapioca.
Tapioca pearls are chewy, almost like gummy bears, but softer. It can be added to any Fat Straws drink: hot tea, iced tea, slushes, smoothies and shakes. When pearls are added to a drink, it adds a texture that is a fun twist to the drink.
Because the size of the tapioca pearls is larger than your typical straws, bubble tea drinks usually come with fat straws to allow the bubbles to travel through.
Yes, you can add tapioca bubbles to any of our menu items including smoothies, slushes, milkshakes, iced teas and hot teas.
Fat Straws is privately held, family owned and operated company. The company does not franchise, and finances its expansion solely through retained earnings. Due to the overwhelming franchise inquiries, we will not be able to respond to all the e-mails.
All of our products are gluten-free including our tapioca pearls. Please let our team know about any potential allergies when ordering.
To submit an application for employment, please visit our "Work with Us" page here. Minimum age to work at Fat Straws is 16 years old. We do not hire temporary or seasonal help due to our extensive training program.
Due to the large amount of applications we receive daily, please refrain from calling our stores to inquire on status. We will review and get back to candidates accordingly.
Please treat your Fat Straws Bubble Tea Gift Cards like cash, as Fat Straws Bubble Tea is not responsible for unauthorized use. If lost, stolen or destroyed, it cannot be replaced. Also, your Fat Straws Bubble Tea Gift Card cannot be redeemed for cash or credit, except as required by law.
Sorry, we don't offer any free drinks or discounts on birthdays.
Please note that although we would like to assist all the many worthy individuals, organizations and causes contacting us with requests, we are unable to help in every instance as our contributions efforts focus on very specific activities. We hope you understand our position, and we wish you all the best with your efforts. Due to the overwhelming requests, we will not be able to respond to all the e-mails.