Tiger Sugar’s Brown Sugar Boba Milk reportedly doesn’t use brown sugar but caramel colouring instead

By January 9, 2019Current

TL;DR – Or specifically, burnt sugar.

You would probably have seen popular bubble tea Tiger Sugar’s drinks on your social media feed quite a few times in the last couple of months.

The brand which hails from Taiwan currently has two stores in Singapore at Capitol Piazza and Chinatown Point with a third slated to open at Paragon on January 12.

They are especially famous for their Brown Sugar Boba Milk:

The concoction has been described by the brand to be made with fresh milk and brown sugar syrup that is said to be made from four types of Taiwanese brown sugar.

Here’s the plot twist.

According to EBC News 東森新聞台, a satellite cable news channel operated by Eastern Television in Taiwan,

The drink is allegedly not made with brown sugar.

The video is in Chinese, cause, Taiwan so here’s our attempt at translating it thanks to Google Translate and Wikipedia.

According to employees of Tiger Sugar in Taiwan, the supposed brown sugar in the drink is actually a caramel colouring solution. Think of it as the soluble food colouring present in your cola beverages that give them that caramel colour.

Brown sugar on the other hand is unrefined or partially refined soft sugar  that has a naturally distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses.

What do you think? Will this deter you from joining the snaking queues for your drink?

(All images via Facebook)


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