What is boba?

On the timeline of popular food items, Boba is newer than chicken wings but older than the Cronut.

Its origin is said to have come from a woman named Lin Hsiu Hui, who was the product development manager of the Chun Shui Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, according to CNN.

She brought her tapioca pudding with her to a staff meeting, and poured it into her iced tea. It has been a craze in Taiwan ever since, and has spread around the world.

Boba is a squishy and delicious way of adding some texture to a drink. It can be added to slushes, milk teas, iced coffee and even hot coffee.

Boba, also known as tapioca pearls, are small balls of tapioca made from the starch of the cassava root.

The pearls come in two size: regular, which are 1/4 inch in diameter, and mini, which are 1/8 in diameter. They do not naturally have any flavor, but can be infused with flavoring to make them sweet.

Lollicup is known for marinating its boba in a concoction of longan honey, brown sugar and hot water. This gives the boba a lightly sweetened taste and a dark brown color. Green tea infused boba is also quite popular.

Be sure to try some in a drink if you haven’t already!

Lollicup USA employees get a how-to on boba and tea making

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

One of the many perks of purchasing from Lollicup, are the training sessions. Lollicup offers customers training in its central kitchen at its Chino HQ.

Lollicup’s certified trainers demonstrate how to make tasty Lollicup beverage items, as well as train customers to use ingredients from its vendors like Cappuccine, Big Train and more.

A perk of being a Lollicup USA employee: getting to participate in training.

Last week, the central kitchen offered two Boba 101 training sessions for employees who wanted to sign up. This class is often known as “Boba School.”

Wednesday’s class, which was instructed by central kitchen barista Jonelle Berberabe, was packed with 9 employees from various departments—all excited to learn how to make some Lollicup favorites.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

The kitchen was warm. Fires burned underneath many large pots and pans. Some filled with food being prepared for lunchtime, some still containing foods from breakfast. Sizzles and crackles accompanied sounds of stirring and sifting.

For Boba 101 students, aroma was the most prominent sense as Tea Zone black tea, green tea, and milk tea were passed around for everyone to smell.

The official course began with cooking boba and brewing the three teas. Hot water is boiled and poured into each tea bucket. Once the tea leaves are drained, the teas are refrigerated.

Following the cooking portion of the class, boba school students got to taste basic green tea, black tea and milk tea. Then they got a lot more creative.

Sesame Almond Milk Tea, Raspberry Milk Tea and many others were created per Jonelle and the students’ request. The scent of Tea Zone’s almond powder was powerful enough to create an instant craving—at least for those who like almonds.

After specialty teas were made, slushes were next on the list. Honeydew, peach, raspberry, and kiwi were just a few flavors created and taste tested.

By the end of it, boba students seemed pleased with what they learned, despite their sugar high.

Chill out with Cappuccine frappe mixes

Cappuccine’s high quality smoothie bases and frappe mixes create delicious drinks people are bound to love. Lollicup is pleased to sell some of Cappuccine’s best powders to its customers.

Cappuccine, founded in 1991 by its current CEO Michael Rubin, has a variety of flavors and options for its customers.

Lollicup USA offers 3 pound bags of Cappuccine’s frosted latte, pistachio, cookies & cream and many other flavors of its frappe mixes.

Each mix can be used to make hot or cold beverages so they can be used all year round.

For those with dietary concerns, Cappuccine’s mixes contain 0 grams of trans fat, and many are gluten free.

To order these mixes, please contact your sales representative.

Company hosts event for employees, friends, family

Lollicup USA Inc. treated employees and their families to a special family day event at its headquarters in Chino, CA last Saturday.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder. speaks to guests about the event and the company.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder. speaks to guests about the event and the company.

Many of Lollicup’s 200+ employees came to show off their company to family and friends.

Excited, casually dressed employees and their loved ones checked in, asking about all the event had to offer.

A giant white tent sat above seating for guests, tables full of soda-making ingredients, snacks, and tons of water.

Panda Express and Tacos were served to hungry attendees, and Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice helped take the edge off of the California heat. The DJ played party favorites as adults and children enjoyed all of the inflatable activities offered.

Giant plastic zorb balls—which are essentially human sized hamster balls—rolled around the premises and an inflatable slide and boxing ring were also available to the guests.

Children excitedly made their way to the free face painting clown, and came out with brightly colored faces and elaborate balloon sculptures.

Tours of the production plant were held and showed the PET cup making process, as well as the paper cup forming process. Many were intrigued by the machines’ ability to mass produce products so quickly.

Toward the end of Family Day, Lollicup CEO and co-founder Alan Yu spoke about the success and growth of the company and the hard work that has gone into its success.

This year so far, Lollicup has experienced significant growth and is already expanding its warehouse space in Chino, CA after only one year of the U.S. plant’s production. Lollicup also has plans to expand in other areas of the United States.

For more news about Lollicup USA, continue to check back here for the latest.

Karat releases new products

New Karat products arranged in a shot

New products this season include paper food buckets, sealing film and fold-to-go containers.

Karat® is constantly getting new and improved products! Here is a listing of the latest:

Fold To-Go Boxes

Karat now has fold-to-go food boxes in several sizes! They are available in Kraft color. These containers are great for packing up your customers’ leftovers or for packing up meals to-go. They can hold various types of food and are microwavable, cut and leak resistant and have a poly lining.


Paper Short Buckets

The new 32 ounce and 48 ounce Karat paper short buckets can hold a plate full of food. They can contain hot or cold food, but are not good for holding items that are high in liquid, like soups. The buckets can hold gravy and sauces. Matching OPS lids are also available for these containers.


Food Buckets

The new white 85 oz. and 130 oz. food buckets with paper lids are now available for purchase. These food buckets are perfect for holding foods like fried chicken, popcorn and pastries. All of the buckets come with lids, which fit perfectly into a groove at the top of the bucket. Each case of 85 oz. buckets has 180 buckets and lids. Each case of 130 oz. buckets has 125 buckets and lids.


Generic Seals

Karat also has new generic seals. The 95 mm. seal for PP cups now come in a new fruity print. These seals will look great on top of vibrant, summery drinks. The new 98 mm. seal comes in fleur, which matches the fleur cup jackets. Although cup jackets are typically used for hot drinks, they are also great for keeping iced drinks from chilling fingers to the bone.


Continue to check back with us for the most recent news about our company, and for updates on new products. For more information, contact your sales representative.

Splendid summer treats with Dole® and Frostline®

dole soft serve

(Courtesy of Kent Precision Foods)

Lollicup vendors, Dole® and Frostline®, offer mixes for cold treats that are perfect to serve in the summertime.

In case you hadn’t noticed already, Lollicup carries a favorite of many who have tasted it – the classic Dole Pineapple Soft Serve Mix.

This mix creates the smooth and delicious Dole Whip that has pineapple lovers waiting in long lines for it.

While many are aware of the delicious pineapple flavoring, they do not know that there are other flavors of the soft serve mix available.

Lollicup also sells the mixes in raspberry, strawberry and a few other flavors, which are lactose free and vegan.


Frostline soft serve

(Courtesy of Kent Precision Foods)

Frostline Frozen Treats also have soft serve mixes available, including chocolate and vanilla. Both mixes are lactose, gluten and cholesterol free.

Frostline Simply Smoothies™ Base Mix is also offered. The mix is extremely versatile with its preparation options. It is also certified dairy kosher and is gluten and cholesterol free.

For more information about Dole and Frostline products at Lollicup, contact your sales representative.

Lollicup, a big success at NRA Show

Lollicup USA NRA booth

Lollicup USA featured both Tea Zone and Karat products.

Lollicup USA, Inc. showcased a variety of Karat and Tea Zone products at this year’s NRA Show.

The annual show, held in Chicago by the National Restaurant Association, is one of the largest in the restaurant industry. There were more than 2,000 exhibitors, ranging from giant distributors to small businesses.

Lollicup had a large booth set up on the showroom floor that emphasized tons of great products, including the eco-friendly Karat Earth product line.

Karat Earth display at NRA

Karat displayed many products, including it’s eco-friendly line.

Lollicup is determined to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint through its line of polylactide (PLA) plastics.

Karat Earth also displayed its line of plates, bowls and hinged containers made from a sturdy material called bagasse – the remaining fibers after sugarcane is removed from its stalk.

With all of these earth-conscious products available, Lollicup is proving itself to be at the forefront of the trend of environmental sustainability.

Samples of beautifully crafted, brightly colored slushes made with Tea Zone syrup and juicy popping pearls were handed out to guests. Some were curious about the boba-shaped pearls while others were already knowledgeable about the product. Guests who were new to popping pearls were stunned at the somewhat startling, but delicious, burst of flavor.

Lollicup’s presence at the event was a huge success! Keep an eye out for Lollicup at next year’s NRA Show for more Karat and Tea Zone products.

Ghirardelli® visits Lollicup for vendor open house

A customer gets hands on experience with the blender.


Ghirardelli® came by the office today to discuss tasty frappé recipes and the great products used to make them, as part of the Lollicup USA vendor open house.

Ghirardelli’s new vanilla flavored premium powder base, as well as its white mocha and mocha frappé mix can be combined with ice and any drink to create the perfect summer treat. Teas, liquor, juices and fruit can all be used with these powders.

Today Ghirardelli demonstrated the citrus dream frappe – which is a mix of the vanilla flavored powder base, any citrusy juice and ice – white chocolate mocha with Oreo cookies and mocha with pecan and caramel (made to mimic the taste of a pecan turtle candy).

Ghirardelli also offers syrups, other frappé mixes and hot cocoa, which can be purchased through Lollicup.

For those interested in using Ghirardelli products to create foods and drinks, the chocolate connoisseur offers a complimentary “made with” program to brand items with the Ghirardelli name.

Lollicup encourages its customers to sign up for these demonstrations to gain more insight on products, point of sale material and more.

For more information on the next open house, to register or to check for availability, please contact your sales representative or email info@lollicup.com.