The following review, images and text are taken from a review on FlavorBoulevard.com to provide a sample of what popping bobas look like in an actual frozen yogurt store.
Orange Leaf (near Grand Century mall)
1143 Story Rd. Suite 190,
San Jose, CA 95122
Fruity “popping boba” as they call them. They are so slightly smaller than the tapioca pearls (“boba”) in bubble tea, and certainly not made of tapioca.
Not more than a couple of droplets are contained, with some leeway, inside a thin but chewy pouch. Like popping bubble wrap? How about popping one with your tongue and feeling a mini explosion of orange juice sweep over the fleshy terrain?
It is pure joy that goes with any yogurt flavor. Color aside they look like ikura, but they taste better, hands down.
The setup at Orange Leaf is what you would expect at any frozen yogurt corner: clean dispenser stalls, small tables, light chairs, you make one leisure trip from the cups, passing the yogurt reservoirs, winding by the topping trays, stop at the scale to weigh your sweet snowy load and pay 30 cents for every ounce, then you take a cheap-colored plastic spoon and thank the cashier who has patiently (and likely out of boredom) observed you from the start. The yogurt selection has what I always go for: chocolate, coconut, and taro.