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Do Not Sip Before You Know This: The Ultimate Guide to Milk Bubble Tea Calories

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What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea, also known as boba tea, is a popular beverage that originated in Taiwan.

It typically comprises three main components: tea, milk, and toppings.

The tea can vary, with black tea often used for milk tea and green tea for fruit tea.

The milk can be dairy or a non-dairy alternative, and the toppings are usually tapioca pearls, though other options like jelly and pudding are also common.

Calories in Bubble Tea

The caloric value of bubble tea can vary greatly depending on the type of milk and toppings used.

On average, a bubble tea drink can contain around 457 calories.

However, this can range from 200 to 660 calories depending on the specific ingredients and portion sizes.

Calories by Flavor

Here are the calorie counts for some of the most popular bubble tea flavors, assuming a regular-sized (16-ounce) drink with 2% milk, full ice, and 100% sugar:

  • Brown Sugar Milk Tea: 500-660 calories
  • Taro Milk Tea: 620 calories
  • Thai Milk Tea: 640 calories
  • Honeydew Milk Tea: 600 calories
  • Classic Milk Tea: 450 calories
  • Passion Fruit Tea: 240 calories
  • Mango Fruit Tea: 230 calories
  • Lychee Fruit Tea: 220 calories

Calories by Topping

The toppings in bubble tea can also contribute a significant amount of calories.

Here are the calorie counts for some common toppings:

  • Jelly: 50-190 calories per serving
  • Tapioca Pearls: 94-104 calories per serving
  • Aloe Vera: 70-80 calories per serving
  • Brown Sugar Pearls: 180-250 calories per serving
  • Grass Jelly: 50-70 calories per serving
  • Passionfruit Jelly: 150-190 calories per serving
  • Pudding: 70-90 calories per serving
  • Popping Boba: 64-70 Calories per serving
  • Red Bean: 180-200 calories per serving
  • Sago: 140-190 calories per serving

Calories by Cup Size

The cup’s size can also affect your bubble tea’s calorie count.

Most bubble teas come in 16-ounce or 22-ounce servings.

Here are the calorie counts for some popular flavors by cup size:

  • Classic Milk Tea: 360 calories (16-oz), 550 calories (22-oz)
  • Taro Milk Tea: 480 calories (16-oz), 630 calories (22-oz)
  • Thai Milk Tea: 410 calories (16-oz), 500 calories (22-oz)
  • Brown Sugar Milk Tea: 500 calories (16-oz), 660 calories (22-oz)
  • Passion Fruit Tea: 240 calories (16-oz), 290 calories (22-oz)
  • Honeydew Milk Tea: 380 calories (16-oz), 610 calories (22-oz)
  • Mango Fruit Tea: 230 calories (16-oz), 280 calories (22-oz)
  • Lychee Tea: 220 calories (16-oz), 270 calories (22-oz)

Lower Calorie Options

If you want to reduce the calories in your bubble tea, there are a few options.

You can ask for fewer toppings or choose lower-calorie toppings like popping boba.

You can also ask for less sugar or switch to a milk alternative like almond or soy milk.

Finally, choosing a smaller cup size can also help reduce the calorie count.