Young girl is holding and showing a cup of brown sugar flavored tapioca pearl bubble milk tea in night market of Taiwan background, close up, bokeh
How Tiger Bubble Tea Got Its Name
By Jennifer Amos
Although its creator is debated, the bubble tea most of us enjoy today may have been invented in Taiwan in the 1980s. Bubble tea is booming in popularity, with a projected value of around $4.3 billion by 2027, and the growing market has produced many unique flavors, including tiger bubble tea.
Tiger bubble tea is made with brown sugar, milk, caramel, and tapioca pearls. The beverage is named for the design visible on the outside of the cup from the syrup on its interior, which resembles the stripes of a tiger.
Tiger Sugar is the self-proclaimed creator of tiger bubble tea as its tapioca balls are cooked in brown sugar syrup to give it that signature, rich toffee-like flavor. While many other tea shops sell versions of tiger bubble tea today, Tiger Sugar is still very popular, maintaining that its brown sugar bubble tea is "an unforgettable taste of Taiwan."