The Next Black Tap: Cotton Candy Bubble Tea

Whenever I log onto Facebook I am bombarded with videos on how to bake oreo cake balls or smores waffles. Dessert places in New York City have been a popular trend on social media lately. If you haven’t heard of Black Tap, do you even have a Facebook account? These milkshakes gained huge publicity by being featured on one of these Facebook food video pages. Videos spread all around the world, leading people to make trips to the city JUST for these milkshakes. There is constantly a two hour long line outside of the restaurant just to order one of these bad boys.

Lucky for you, I have something way better than Black Tap to share with you (and it thankfully doesn’t require a two hour wait). So what exactly is the new and improved Black Tap? Vivi Bubble Tea! You may have seen these bubble tea shops all over New York City, however only one location has this delicious drink. The trick is to go to the Vivi Bubble Tea located on Allen Street, as it is the only location with the cotton candy bubble tea float.


The shop offers a few different flavors of their bubble tea floats, everything from green tea matcha (pictured in the center) to taro to caramel macchiato (pictured on the sides). Each float features your tea of choice, a scoop of cookies and cream ice cream, tapioca bubbles, and a cotton candy topping covered in pop rocks. Are you drooling yet? The more traditional Japanese flavors, like the green tea matcha, come with a cup of red beans to add to your float as well.


So you may be wondering, what’s with the mini cup of bubble tea? This drink is actually pretty complicated if you are bad at following instructions like myself. You are first supposed to remove the cotton candy. After drinking half of your float, you stuff the cotton candy back into the jar. Next, you pick up your mini cup and pour this on top of the cotton candy, into the jar. Me, being an avid Instagrammer, tried to record this whole process as I was doing this. I quickly learned that I couldn’t pour and record at the same time. If you want to see this epic fail of mine, check out my Instagram account.

This process melts the cotton candy and pop rocks, leaving you with an even sugarier drink. I wouldn’t be surprised if the drink contains a week’s worth of sugar allowance. Whoops! So worth it though. I recommend eating a majority of the cotton candy by itself rather than melting it in your drink. It tastes delicious with the pop rocks on top, bringing you back to your childhood spent at carnivals eating cotton candy off the stick.


The next time you are in New York City, opt for the trip to Vivi Bubble Tea at Allen Street. You will have a unique experience like no other. I mean, how many places can you find cotton candy combined with bubble tea and ice cream!? This place is also much more Instagram worthy than a chocolate milkshake. Hurry here before a Facebook food account finds out about this secret spot!


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