What Type Of Bubble Tea Should You Try Today?

Have you ever felt as though you’re a little bored of your go-to bubble tea flavour? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to tried something different, but never knew which flavour would satisfy your taste-buds? Well, wonder no more! Here at Bloop, we thought that we would do the hard work for you and create a flow-chart to help you decide. Take a look below and discover which bubble tea is perfect for you, no matter your mood!

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Ice Cream Mochi: Your New Favourite Dessert!

If you’re a regular to Bloop Bubble Tea (and we know a fair few of you are!), you will have noticed that in addition to bubble tea, we also sell ice cream mochi. What is this wonderful new take on ice cream we hear you say? Well, wonder no more. Today at Bloop, we are here to tell you this delectable Japanese dessert, and hopefully urge you to try it yourself! Here’s our guide to ice cream mochi, your new favourite dessert:

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 As previously mentioned, ice cream mochi (or mochi ice cream) is typically known as a Japanese dessert. It is a delicacy that is made from sticky rice that is pounded to make the mochi (hence the name!) to give it a ‘cakey’ substance, and a flavoured ice cream is filled in to the middle. Finally, it is then dusted with corn starch that allows both the ingredients to stop from sticking together.

While it originates primarily from Japan, this ice cream has  grown increasingly popular over the years and is now widely know as internationally available food – so lucky us!

With it being a tasty confection, ice cream mochi comes in a wide variety of flavours. However, the most popular of these are vanilla and mango – which we just so happen to sell in our cafe. Although other known flavours are red azuki bean, which is sometimes filled inside the ice cream as well.

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Hopefully now you have a little more of an idea of what ice cream mochi is and where is comes from – besides our wonderful cafe of course! Here at Bloop, our ice cream mochi is only £1.25, so why not spoil yourself some time after work or school? If you are a lover of bubble tea, you will certainly love this dessert!

All Things Tapioca: The Facts You May Not Know!

If you’re a veteran of Bubble Tea (and we hope you are!), you’ll be well aware that Tapioca balls are an additional tasty treat that lies in both the milk and fruit-based drinks. Although, not many of us actually know what these delectable pearls are nor where they came from. Here at Bloop Bubble Tea, we feel that its only right that we let you know exactly what you’re eating every time you come and visit us, so we decided that we’d put together a few fun facts all dedicated to this traditional chewy sweet that comes along with bubble tea.

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  • Tapioca comes from the root of the cassava, and the roots of this plant are similar to sweet potatoes due to their starchy content, which makes them a staple food in some tropical areas.
  • The name tapioca itself stems from word tipi’óka, the name for this starch in the Tupí language of South America.
  • Tapioca is a staple food in some countries, and is known worldwide as a thickening agent for foods.
  • Tapioca is gluten-free, and almost completely protein-free. So hooray for us celiacs!
  •  July 28th is National Tapioca Day, something to make note of if you’re a big fan of this chewy sweet in your bubble teas.
  • Luckily for those who suffer from gluten/wheat intolerance, Tapioca is commonly used instead of wheat flour.
  • The most popular use of tapioca is in the form of a milk-based dessert.  It is also equally popular as a pudding with fruit or fruit juice, hence why we like to add it to our fruit bubble teas.

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Now you should be a little more acquainted with one of our favourite chewy sweets. We personally recommend this with Taro or Matcha Green Tea, which adds an additional kick of sweetness.

Green Tea: The Superfood You Should Get Familiar With!

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A fresh cup of coffee might be your go-to beverage in the morning, particularly if you are in a hurry! However, you’d be amazed by how many healthier alternatives there are, that won’t leave you crashing by midday. Indeed, more and more of us are turning to superfoods especially due to their ‘lighter’ feel ,that also gives you a gentle boost of caffeine; and green tea notably is one of the biggest trends among these. No doubt you have heard of green tea, but if not, here at Bloop we’ve put together a list of benefits that come from one of the most effective superfoods there is. Here’s why you should get familiar with green tea:

Its More Effective Than Coffee:

Although green tea may have less caffeine than coffee, it is actually one of its key ingredients. What makes green tea to be more effective than our favourite morning beverage however is that it doesn’t have the tendency to produce that horrible ‘jumpy’ feeling that coffee does, particularly if you have too much. Caffeine has been proven time and time again to improve general brain function, and green tea includes just enough of this to effectively give you the right kind of buzz!

It Outweighs The Most Powerful Superfoods:

By containing more antioxidants than goji berries, dark chocolate and blueberries in just one teaspoon, its safe to say that green tea rules above all superfoods!

Lowers Anxiety:

For those of us who suffer from anxiety, green tea has been known to be a calming beverage. This is because it contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps promote relaxation.

Raises Metabolism:

Another reason why green tea is said to be great to have in the morning is due to it being able to raise your metabolism. Due to its more holistic nature, it can kick-start your body first thing in the morning with the right kind of energy that won’t leave you crashing hard and snacking on more unhealthy choices such as energy drinks.

So as you can see, there are many benefits to adding green tea into your diet. If you haven’t already, why not try out our matcha green tea on your way to work? You can event request an extra shot of tea to be added into your drink as well – a delicious way to get the body going!

Halloween Costumes 2015: That No One Else Will Think Of!

Halloween is fast approaching, and you’re probably thinking about who to go as for this night of spooky fun. In this day and age, its certainly a challenge to come up with a costume that not only looks good, but stands out from all the generic witches and vampires you may see roaming around in the hours of darkness. Not to worry, as here at Bloop we’ve come up with a definitive list of ideas that are unique, current and most of all, pretty darn scary! Here’s our list of Halloween costumes for inspired by everything 2015, that no one else will think of:

For the Ladies:

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Furiosa – Mad Max

Mad Max: Fury Road has to be one of the biggest films to come out this year, and its female lead Furiosa has become extremely recognizable, even to the casual movie-goer. A costume like this would consist of neutral basics such as a t-shirt, khaki trousers and a corset…but we’ll leave you to decide if you’ll take the plunge in buzzing your hair or getting a short wig!

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Scarlet Witch – Avengers: Age of Ultron

This costume is perfect for all you female comic-book fans out there! Those who saw Avengers: Age of Ultron will know that Scarlet Witch can potentially be a very creepy character, who showed all the Avengers their deepest fears. This is another simple yet effective costume that is accessible, due to it being merely a red jacket and black dress. Why not team up with a male friend or your boyfriend and go as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to be the ultimate Maximoff twins?

 

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Piper Chapman – Orange is the New Black

With a string of awards behind its belt, Orange is the New Black has become a massive TV hit. Which also means that all the characters would hugely recognizable as Halloween costumes – and not to mention inexpensive to achieve . If you’re a blonde (or happen to have a blonde wig!), channel the star of the show by purchasing some orange scrubs. You could even try and get all your friends together to recreate the whole team of prisoners!

For the Men:

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American Horror Story – Tate

Stick particularly to the horror theme by opting to go Tate from American Horror Story. Its no secret that this show produces some extremely creepy characters, which is why its perfect for Halloween. With this costume, all you really need is skeleton make-up and you are good to go!

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Dr. Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal

Want something that requires less make-up? Then look no further than Hannibal Lecter. This Halloween idea will definitely make an impact at costume party, and is effortless to achieve by simply wearing a suit.

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Owen Grady – Jurassic World

If you’re the kind of person why likes to dress up with in the least amount of effort, Owen from Jurassic World is definitely a go-to costume. A waistcoat, blue shirt and trousers are really all that is needed to achieve this costume, although you could go the extra mile and even have a toy dinosaur as a prop! One thing is for certain however, if you decide to go as Owen, you will be doing the pose pictured above…A LOT!

With your Friends:

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Suicide Squad

If you fancy truly wowing everyone on Halloween, getting you and your friends to go as the members of DC’s Suicide Squad is the way to go. It may be a little tricky, but imagine how many compliments you’ll get if you manage to pull a group Halloween costume like this off! To make things a little easier, Harley Quinn’s costume is easily available for purchase online these days, so that’s one of you sorted at least.

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Inside Out

If Suicide Squad is too dark for you, then something fun and lighthearted such as Inside Out might be better suited for you and your mates..particularly if you’re doing costumes last minute. Luckily all the character’s costumes can be found online, so all you need to do is order them – quick, simple and better yet, unique!

 

 

Bubble-Tastic Fun at Bubbles with Bloop!

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As mentioned in our last blog post, here at Bloop we decided to put together a bubble display event named Bubbles with Bloop over the weekend.  Despite the deary weather forecast, Chester more than welcomed our bubble displays that were situated around the city centre.

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Collaborating with bubble extraordinaire Dr Zigs, we were able to set up a giant multi-colour bubble display inside the shop. This gave our customers the chance to be snapped inside a bubble itself, which you can imagine as a novelty, was hugely popular.

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Of course, our own staff couldn’t resist either on joining in the giant bubble action!

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The fun didn’t stop there however, as we also took to the streets to entertain the passing city dwellers with a wide-range of bubbles. It was also here that we offered free samples which consisted of banana and mango, as well as the offer of free toppings for those who took our flyers.

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It was exciting to have our own event co-inside with the festivities of Chester Pride, enhancing our own turn-out of attendees, which made the day’s atmosphere all the more joyful.

Bubbles with Bloop!

Can you believe that its almost a month since we opened our store in Chester? Neither can we! As they say, time flies by when you’re having fun. In addition to it being the first of October, we have an exciting event happening this Saturday from 12.30-3.30pm, called “Bubbled with Bloop”, here’s a little info on what this day is all about.

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“Bubbles with Bloop” will be an event happening on the 3rd October, and will also contain a number of attractions that include mix of giant multi-coloured bubble displays, in addition to giving customers the opportunity to be photographed inside a giant bubble in an exclusive bloop bubble photo. Here at Bloop, we like to keep things lighthearted and fun, and therefore wanted to bring together a level of playfulness to the event; because who doesn’t love bubbles right?

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While bubble displays will keep your entertained, our staff will also be taking to the streets again by handing out samples to the public.  The samples will consist of traditional bubble teas such as taro, while also including fruit flavours such as blueberry and passionfruit. We will also be giving customers the chance to receive an offer of an extra free topping of jellies, which will be given out by our staff.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Flavours of the Season: Best Bubble Teas to for Autumn.

With the weather getting slightly cooler and sunshine slowly declining, it feels as though Autumn has hit us all of a sudden, and with little warning. While you may be starting a new term, new school or even new job, there are many things to love about this deciduously colourful season…and of course it includes your fix of bubble tea! As the first part of a seasonal feature, we’ve put together the best flavours for you to try out during the Autumn months.

Vanilla

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A staple flavour for those of you who are bubble tea veterans! This creamy cup of boba magic gives off a familiar yet slightly exotic taste, which is perfect for aiding you against the cooler days ahead.

Chocolate

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Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate in Autumn? Try it with some tapioca bubbles to give it a chewy texture, and you’ll have sufficed that sweet cravings in no time!

Grape

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For something that stays true to Autumn colours, look no further than our red grape fruit tea. This tea is perfect if you’re also missing Summer, and is particularly bursting with flavour if you add some zesty yogurt popping balls.

Taro

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Despite being a chilled drink, Taro’s sweet aroma warms the heart, and with an equally as addictive cake-like taste. This flavour  is hugely popular in Taiwan, and its natural scent and gentle feel is a sweet escape from the colder morning of Autumn.

Whether you decide to go with fruity flavours or more of a creamy taste, you’ll definitely be set for Autumn with these bubble teas.

Fresher’s Survival Guide: Things to do around Chester

So, you’ve arrived in Chester, met your flatmates and Fresher’s week is just around the corner…but then what? You may be thinking that for the rest of the year its all about hitting the books, and while that may be true, you can still have a little fun along the way! Chester is a brilliantly cultural city (although we are slightly biased), and as a student possibly living here for the first time makes it all the more exciting. Here at Bloop, we know that finding things to do on the typical student budget can be a challenge; that’s why we’ve put together a guide for you on things to do around Chester, that won’t break the bank!

Chester Zoo

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It has been said that you can’t live in Chester without paying a trip to Chester Zoo. With a whopping 12,000 animals and award-winning zoological gardens, this is one of the world’s top zoos. If you love animals, there’s really no excuse not to go and visit all the amazing animals that they have; and they even have 10% discount for students and further reductions if you go in large groups!

Chester City Walls

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If you are looking for something historically stimulating, look no further than a walk around the Chester City Walls. You will bask in incredible set of Roman, Medieval and Georgian views.This is a great opportunity for those who are new to the city to take in the gorgeous panoramic views, while also getting to certain locations better. The pricing for a guided walk is £7, and runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays; so you could even go while you have a break in between lectures.

Bloop Bubble Tea

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We are aware that we are a little bit cheeky putting ourselves on here, but being the first bubble tea cafe to hit Chester, we thought why not? The Taiwanese-based drinks known as bubble tea has fast become a worldwide phenomenon, and we are passionate about bringing this to you. Mix and match such as our popping and tapioca bubbles, while adding the refreshing fruity or milky tastes of pina colada and passion fruit for a flavour that is deliciously unique. Plus, we even sell  Taiwanese-based ice cream mochi and macaroons at the affordable price of £1.25, so you really have no excuse!

Telford’s Warehouse

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While you may have a number of things to do during the day now, but what about the evening? If you are more into a relaxed atmosphere of a bar instead of a nightclub, Telford’s Warehouse is the place for you. This hangout is a great place to enjoy some tasty drinks and food in a chilled-out environment, while also checking out some live music with gigs being hosted weekly. If you’re musical yourself, it might also be a chance for you to show off your talent, as they even host an open mic night on Sunday. Telford’s Warehouse is a place that you can spend your whole night at, which makes it much cheaper than club hopping!

Indeed, there are other incredible places to uncover around Chester during your first time at University, and these are just a few to get you started. You will no doubt discover many more around the city, which makes it all the more exciting!

Bloop Bubble Tea Chester Opening.

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After months of preparation, here at Bloop we were delighted to open our brand new cafe situated in Chester on the 11th September. Being the first to open a cafe that specializes in this Taiwanese-based drink, many were eager to come along and test out our extensive menu, (we even had potential customers peering through our windows the day BEFORE we opened!).

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To spread the word further, our staff took to the streets with a selection of samples that included fruit teas such as passion fruit and pineapple, along with the more traditional Taiwanese flavours like vanilla, pearl milk tea and taro. We also put our own twist on pina colada by adding a non-alcoholic version, which as you can imagine was very popular.

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With the bustling excitement of the Chester races coinciding with the opening, this made the day all the more busy as many who wanted to cool off from the heat flocked to the cafe.

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 Our teas weren’t the only thing that was popular among customers however, our colourful macaroons made quite the hit with kids who were coming along after school.

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Those who approached our staff who were busy handing out samples in the city centre were pleasantly surprised by our drinks, particularly the bubbles at the end. One even described as “an extra little treat at the end of a refreshing drink”, we’d say that was a compliment!