I have multiple friends who refer to boba (not the tea, but the actual tapioca balls) as snotballs. Terminology-wise, it's harsh but fair. On the other hand, have you ever gotten a shot of "pudding" in boba? That really is snot. And not even compressed into a more palatable ball form. It's just this amorphous mass of snotness suspended in the middle of your drink. And I guess it kind of tasted like chocolate, but when you come down to it, snot's snot. Long story short, I don't recommend taking the "pudding" option when getting boba.