[The Instagram user removed her photos, and through Instagram stories, admitted it was just a joke. It looks like our dreams of boba Frappuccinos will have to wait.]
The thought of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato with boba should definitely excite you, and some Starbucks boba photos have surfaced, getting people riled up at the prospects of it being real, but we have our suspicions.
Instagram user @foodwithbecka, out of Houston, Texas, posted a photo three boba-filled Starbucks drinks, with the caption, “Happy Thirs-Tea Thursday! Starbucks will be testing out tapioca at a few locations on the westside of town this weekend!”
Happy Thirs-Tea Thursday! Starbucks will be testing out tapioca at a few locations on the westside of town this weekend! (and I gave into the hype and tried the crystal ball frappe and it’s actually pretty good.. still available at some locations!) swipe left for more photos! Check it out at the following Starbucks locations: Beltway 8 & Harwin Westheimer & S. Kirkwood Westheimer & Briarpark Westheimer & Jeannetta Westheimer & Hillcroft • • @starbucks crystal ball frappe, caramel macchiato and pineapple black tea tag a friend who would love this! • • #starbucks #tapioca #boba #thirsty #thirstythursday #drank #tea #caramelmacchiato #pineapple #blacktea #crystalballfrappe #frappe #frappuccino #tryitordiet #limitedtimeonly #starbucks #caffeinefix #houstonfood #westside #westchase #yougottaeatthis #explorehouston #dailyfoodfeed #ighouston #foodblogger #houstonblogger #houston_insta #houstontx #espesso #whippedcream
Understandably, commenters freaked out, with cries of, “Whaaaat tapioca at Starbucks?!? That’s crazy!” and “Oh whattttttt???? I gotta go asap.”
Soon after, the foodie Instagram account @tryitordiet got in on the hype and reposted Becka’s photos, and their vast following started losing their shit, as well.
Both accounts went on to list five Houston locations that are allegedly testing the tapioca balls.
With the exciting news, I went ahead and called each of the Houston locations listed on her page, to confirm, and each denied that any testing was planned for the weekend.
The Starbucks is either trying to keep the testing under wraps, or this is a very early April Fools’ joke. We’re willing to bet it’s the latter.
FOOD NEWS: @starbucks is supposedly testing BOBA in Houston starting this weekend! Swipe for more. Anyone know of any Southern California locations doing this? Here’s where you can find it in Houston over the weekend: Beltway 8 & Harwin Westheimer & S. Kirkwood Westheimer & Briarpark Westheimer & Jeannetta Westheimer & Hillcroft Thanks to @foodwithbecka for the tip! #tryitordiet : @foodwithbecka : @starbucks Houston TAG YOUR FRIENDS
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen way-too-early April Fools’ jokes in the food world. Hell, Cup Noodles told sent us a press release about steam-proof glasses they developed. We’re 92 percent sure it’s an April Fools’ joke, seeing how a couple of the photo files they sent us were labeled, “April Fools,” so there’s that.
There are already quite a few companies starting their April Fools jokes prematurely, according to the Washington Post, as businesses like Chegg, Duolingo, Mancrates, and even Energizer are getting a head start on the fake shenanigans.
We’ll have to wait and see if a slew of Starbucks boba pics start surfacing this weekend, but we call bullshit, and urge you not to get too excited.