By David Hall

Perfect Alternative Uses for your Toppings

Bubble tea toppings are, arguably, the best and most exciting thing about your drink! When sucked up through a chunky bubble tea straw, they truly enhance the experience, and provide an extra burst of flavour too. But did you know you can enjoy them in many different settings?

Here at Manhua Cha, we not only sell delicious drinks at our bubble tea shop in Newcastle, we also deliver handy DIY kits for you to enjoy your favourite beverage from the comfort of your own home! You can choose between a wide variety of flavours and toppings to create the ultimate boba tea drink, and if you're a beginner, you can choose from one of our premade kits here!

Tapioca Pearls

The traditional and most popular topping, tapioca pearls aren't really there for the flavour, but for the texture. Once cooked and soaked in brown sugar syrup, tapioca pearls can be added to your milk tea drink (or a variant of your choice!) to provide a unique, chewy addition. When you order bubble tea, and you're looking for a more conventional option, we recommend traditional milk tea or taro flavour!

Tapioca pearls can be a great addition to certain desserts, including school lunch favourite tapioca pudding! It's not found very often in desserts nowadays, but with a range of unusual sweet treats to choose from, you can incorporate tapioca into your sweet routine. Here at Manhua Cha, we also stock flavoured tapioca pearls, such as green tea and taro, for you to experiment with in your next bubble tea kit.

Popping Juice Balls

It's always fun sucking up the popping boba with a chunky bubble tea straw, as the burst of flavour always provides something extra. They're a popular option in fruit teas, and certain toppings complement different flavours perfectly, which you can read more about here

As an alternative use, popping juice balls can truly change a cocktail party, as they bring something different to a beverage that's already a fan favourite! If you're looking to invite friends round for a well-deserved catch up and get-together, our topping party pack is perfect for cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks alike! 


Jelly has been a staple dessert for many individuals, particularly children! It's also a great, familiar topping in boba tea, and with flavours such a strawberry and pineapple to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. Of course, jelly can be enjoyed as a stand-alone dessert, but what about in topping form?

Jelly and ice cream is a popular combination at kid's birthday parties, and it can be a great way to bring something different to your plain ice cream at home! Here at Manhua Cha, we have a range of delicious toppings perfect for both your boba tea drink and your desserts or cocktails! If you wish to view our extensive collection of bubble tea flavours, please visit us here!


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