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May 2018

What is a Smoothie?

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Smoothies are familiar to most people, but how smoothies came about and where this delicious drink is heading is something to learn.

What Is a Smoothie?

Smoothies were first introduced to the world in the 1930’s when the electric blender was invented. Smoothies are a thick cold beverage that starts with a base of water or milk, ice and whatever fruits and vegetables your heart desires. Smoothie ingredients can also include yogurt, protein powder, ice cream and much more. Since the 1930’s smoothies have evolved to cultural specialties around the world and are still a trendy drink today due to their simplicity and versatility.

Why You Should Add Smoothies to Your Menu

Smoothies are a great way to stay on track with fitness goals and food trends. Food trends are constantly changing but smoothies have shown they are here to stay. Whether you’re a company that focuses on healthy beverages, looking to add a dessert item or even whip up a new cocktail to add a fun beverage to a bar menu, smoothies are only as creative as the creator.

The Future of Smoothies

As food trends evolve, many foods can be forgotten, but the truth is smoothies constantly reinvent themselves and will continue to do so overtime. A great example of this is the newer smoothie bowl trend. Smoothie bowls take this popular beverage and turn it into a meal. This means possibilities are endless for businesses utilizing smoothies and adding something that has been around for almost 90 years is a safe bet to help business. Check out this simple, refreshing smoothie recipe below.

Green Tea Mango Smoothie



  1. Fill blender with ice and Torani Mango Real Fruit Smoothie Mix.
  2. Pour chilled brewed tea on top and blend until smooth and enjoy!

Recipe: Instant Boba

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It is common to find local restaurants and cafes serving boba in their refreshing drinks: iced teas, smoothies, milk tea, iced coffee, or slushes. However, it takes about one hour to prepare this uniquely chewy add-on. This doesn’t make it efficient for your business needs, especially with the summer rushes coming soon. To keep up with the popular demand, Tea Zone offers a solution to cooking tapioca pearls in a significantly less amount of time.

This Instant 10 Tapioca Pearls product only has a 10-minute cook time. It still provides the same soft exterior with chewy interior that your customers have grown to love.



  1. In a 4 qt. sauce pot, add at least 32 oz. of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remember to use a lid to reduce the cooking time.
  2. Place 16 oz. of Tea Zone Instant 10 Tapioca Pearl (Boba) into the boiling water and stir (approx. 15-30 seconds) to keep them separated and from clumping.
  3. Start timer for 10 minutes, and boil while covered on high heat.
  4. When the timer goes off, turn off the heat and let it sit an additional 15 minutes while covered.
  5. Carefully strain and rinse the boba in a large colander to remove excess starch before soaking in a sugar mixture.
  6. Let the boba soak for 10 minutes prior to serving, and stir the cooked boba every hour.
  7. Best used within 6 hours of preparing.

Recipe Yields: 8 scoops of boba

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