Bubble tea straws are wide straws, often called fat straws, that are used to drink bubble tea, boba tea, slushies and milkshakes. The straws are around one-half inch wide.
Bubble tea is a flavored drink made with tea, milk, sugar and tapioca pearls. The tapioca pearls fall to the bottom of the drink, and they don't fit in a regular straw. Bubble tea straws are wide enough for the tapioca pearls to fit through.
Tapioca pearls are soft and chewy, with a texture similar to the texture of a gummy bear. They can be as large as a marble. Without a bubble tea straw, the consumer has to tip the cup up or use a spoon to eat the tapioca pearls.