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Taiwanese shaved ice and tea shop from Austin bubbles up in Dallas

Taiwanese shaved ice and tea shop from Austin bubbles up in Dallas

Dallas likes things from Austin.  Courtesy of Teapioca

A new dessert concept with frozen desserts and bubble tea is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, but this one is special: It's from Austin. Called Teapioca Lounge, it serves Taiwanese shaved ice, teas, and juice, but in a chill lounge-like environment.

They'll open their first location in North Texas in Lewisville, at 6225 N. Josey Ln. in Castle Hills Marketplace, across from TopGolf and near Nebraska Furniture Mart. A spokesperson says they'll open in early fall.

Originally founded in Austin in 2010, Teapioca serves boba tea, slushies, and smoothies, in flavors both authentic — such as red bean — and not so much, IE Oreo cookie.

They're a growing chain with stores in Austin, San Marcos, Oklahoma, El Paso and even a location that just opened in Pennsylvania.

Their tapioca pearls come in two sizes, regular and "baby." Their selection of add-ins is especially broad, with eight flavors of gelatin cubes including coffee, green apple, lychee, mango, and yogurt peach.

There are fun little balls of flavor called "bursters," in choice of blueberry, lychee, and passion fruit.

There is also agar jelly, aloe vera, basil seeds, herbal jelly, and red beans. And three puddings: almond, egg, and mango.

They call their shaved ice "snowyn," and they've even had the term trademarked. Theirs has milk, as is often the case with Taiwan-style shaved ice, and comes in original flavor, plus avocado, chocolate, coconut, durian, mango, matcha, peppermint candy, strawberry, and taro.

Taiwanese-style "snow ice" is an especially light and fluffy version with a creamy texture. It's shaved into soft "ribbons" that form a mound, which you top with various jellies, puddings, candies and fresh fruit.

They're famous for their frozen green tea, also known as a "matcha milk fluffy." They also do a frozen coffee beverage they call "frappioca," huh, what do you suppose inspired that name.

The breadth of offerings plus the hip lounge atmosphere makes Teapioca stand apart. And there's also the Austin thing. Dallas likes things from Austin. If it's from Austin, it's good.