Where To Find Bubble Tea Straws

Decorating By mommybaker602 Updated 4 Dec 2010 , 2:51pm by sccandwbfan

mommybaker602 Posted 12 May 2010 , 6:31pm
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Okay, so I have a cake order for Monday. I need to find some bubble tea straws, but have not been able to find them at any of the regular grocery stores. I even tried a health food market, thinking they'd have the special drink these things are used for. Would a party supply store carry them?


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dalis4joe Posted 12 May 2010 , 6:32pm
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I asked that also... was told of course online but also in your local chinese markets....


ChRiStY_71 Posted 12 May 2010 , 6:43pm
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McDonalds and Zaxbys both have nice, sturdy straws that you can use in a pinch. Usually they don't mind letting you have a few.

CaseyNic Posted 12 May 2010 , 6:49pm
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I'm sorry this won't help you for Monday, but FYI I ordered mine online from ecrater http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=4772900 I got the 8" ones, I think about 50 in a pack, and they combined my shipping so I got 2 packs for maybe $6 or $7 total. [/url]

aundron Posted 12 May 2010 , 7:01pm
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Try your local Asian supermarkets; that's where I get mine from. They usually cost .79 to a 1.00 a bag.

cookiedecorator Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:16am
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Yup, I agree...try an Asian market.

dsilvest Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:27am
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I picked up a box of 600 for $12 at a party and paper goods supply store.

bettinashoe Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:33am
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I order mine on Amazon. They're pretty inexpensive and arrive quickly.

Kitagrl Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:35am
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If you are in PA, the "Restaurant Store" carries them.

apetricek Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:19am
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I found them at Joannes in their seasonal aisle. They were $5.00 for 50 of them...I know ebay has them too, but that won't help you for Monday...I know some of the local malls around here have a bubble tea shop in them...maybe you could buy or ask for a few from them...just a thought...someone said that burger king also has wider straws...not sure about that, I don't ever eat there...

jadedlogic Posted 13 May 2010 , 2:21am
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Originally Posted by dsilvest

I picked up a box of 600 for $12 at a party and paper goods supply store.

I am about 15 minutes away from you - do you mind telling me what store you found them at? I got some today about 30 of them for 1.99


dsilvest Posted 13 May 2010 , 3:12am
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I picked them up at G T French on Montrose in Niagara Falls. You have to order them, but they don't take long to come in. They also have cake boards at a reasonable price.

cakebaker64 Posted 13 May 2010 , 3:39am
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I don't want to sound dumb, but what are bubble tea straws and what do you use them for?

mommybaker602 Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:06pm
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Thanks everyone! We only have 1 Asian food market (or so I've heard!) around, and it's about 30 minutes from me. I'm going to try the McDonald's straws. Those are fatter and thicker than normal straws that you buy. I did try our party supply store, and they didn't have them...the guy I spoke with told me to go get some from the tea shop (like a cafe)! I'm going to order them from amazon, I think, and just have them on hand. I don't do a ton of stacked cakes, but they don't take up much room, so I'll go ahead and get them.

To the last poster: bubble tea straws are thicker, fatter straws that people use as supports in a stacked cake. I'm doing a 6" on top of an 8" for Sunday night (she changed the pick-up date!), so I think straws will be fine. If I was going to do something bigger, I'd most likely do something more stout, but I think they will be fine for this. You can google it, or look up "bubble tea straws" on amazon and see what it is.

Babycakes30265 Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:29pm
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I was in a similar pinch not too long ago. I looked over at the gerbera daisies that were brightening my island, and they have those straw supports on the stems -- really thick like a bubble straw - even thicker than the fast food straws. I washed them in warm soapy water and used them!! Maybe you could check with your local supermarket florist for these. HTH!!

radtech Posted 13 May 2010 , 12:54pm
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Babycakes30265, I saw those Gerbera straws a couple of weeks ago in a florist supply shop but I wasn't sure if they were food grade plastic. I ended up ordering mine online but it would have been much easier just to buy them locally. I think mine actually came from Thiland.

Maria_Campos Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:09pm
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I get mines fromm ebay very cheap by the box fulls

KerrieD Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:15pm
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OK - this will be a stupid question...what are bubble tea straws...I've seen them mentioned on CC but not exactly sure about them. I'm assuming they are for supports? Are they strong enough? Whay are they called bubble tea?
THANKS!! This is my lesson for today! icon_smile.gif

MissRobin Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:17pm
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I ordered mine from www.nutsonline last time and the service was awesome. They even sent me a pack of cookies for free and they were delicious!! They were a l.99 for a pack of 40.

mamawrobin Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:31pm
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Thanks to those of you for the information on where to order icon_smile.gif . I'm not able to get them in my area so I order a wide drinking straw thru a friend that owns a catering business and resturant. The ones that I use look much like the McDonald's straws and have worked just fine for me. I do however want to order the bubble tea straws and give them a try.

MsDonna Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:31pm
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I too got mine at nutsonline.com. They came very quickly AND I got a delicious cookie gift.

ChRiStY_71 Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:49pm
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I have heard Sharon Zambito talk about Bubble Tea straws on all of her DVDs but didn't know why they were called that, so I looked it up to satisfy my curriosity. Here's the link...



SHADDI Posted 13 May 2010 , 1:58pm
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cakebaker64 and KerrieD

bubble tea straws are used in place of a dowel. If you have seen Ace of Cakes They use them in there cakes. you would see Duff cutting them and they would go flying around the room. here are some photos of them:



if you check out the Step-By-Step 3D Cake Sculpting (Baby in a Flower Pot) cake
she uses the straws:

those are just some that i could find

sberryp Posted 13 May 2010 , 11:27pm
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I am new to baking and was looking for something easier to cut than wooden dowels. Are these bubble straws used for support like dowels?

mamawrobin Posted 14 May 2010 , 3:36am
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Yes. Since I started using straws I've never cut another dowel. Love them thumbs_up.gif

nancyg Posted 14 May 2010 , 4:10am
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Ok, bubble straw users, how many tiers would you consider safe with the straws????

Would like to try them..... I have also heard that you could shake tapioca pearls in a baggie with pearl dust or luster dust and use them as pearl decorations on cake. Havent found any to try it yet. I am going to try my asian mkt.

cookiedecorator Posted 14 May 2010 , 5:23am
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Yes, an Asian market is the right place to find both bubble tea straws and tapioca pearls. My daughter gets both there all the time.

queenfa Posted 14 May 2010 , 2:09pm
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Does anyone live and get them in Laurel MD? I have been looking for it without success too.

loriana Posted 14 May 2010 , 2:19pm
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Originally Posted by cookiedecorator

Yes, an Asian market is the right place to find both bubble tea straws and tapioca pearls. My daughter gets both there all the time.

On that note, you guys MUST try making bubble tea! It is one of my favorite hot weather treats. I make green bubble tea this way:

1) Boil some water. Throw in a handful of large, black tapioca pearls (bought at the Asian market for about $1.95 a bag). Boil for 5-6 mins.

2) Drain the pearls in warm water. Throw them in a bowl with a large handful of sugar. Add enough water to cover them. This is your base.

3) Mix a little bit of hot milk with a few teaspoons of green tea powder (matcha powder, also bought at the Asian market). Mix well. Add a whole bunch of cold milk. Keep this in a pitcher in your fridge.

To make bubble tea, just take a little of the syrup water and tapioca balls and spoon them into a glass. Add the green tea milk and enjoy! This can also be done with splenda for a sugar-free version. If anyone is interested, try going to YouTube for a tutorial on making bubble tea. The thick straws are essential. The tapioca pearls go up the straw and you chew them as you drink your cold green tea. Some people make fruitier versions, but my favorite is still the green tea version which is healthy!

KristyM Posted 14 May 2010 , 2:27pm
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I was at our Walmart Neighborhood grocery store (not super walmart) the other day and saw milkshake straws. They looked about the same width as a bubble tea straw would be but I'm not sure if they are as sturdy. Has anyone seen or tried these?

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