While I have seen the online trend of bubble tea, I had never had the chance to actually try it. So I decided to make my own at home. I am not a big tea drinker so I made mine with fruit juice rather than tea. It turned out sweet, creamy, and delicious! Enjoy!
- 1 cup dried boba pearls
- 3/4 cup brown sugar or 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 6 cups juice of choice (I like Jumex), chilled
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Cook boba according to package directions. Once cooked, rinse with cold water and drain.
- While boba is cooking, mix brown sugar (or brown sugar and honey) with the water in a small saucepan. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly. Mix with boba and place in the fridge to cool.
- Whisk sweetened condensed milk with heavy cream until fully combined.
- To assemble, divide the boba pearls and syrup between 4 large glasses. Pour 1/4 cup of heavy cream mixture into each cup. Add ice if desired. Top with 1 1/2 cups juice in each cup.
- Stir well and serve with large boba straws.
The great thing about boba is that you have lots of room to play around with it. I used a mix of strawberry and peach juice, but any flavor juice will work. You can also substitute black tea for the juice or use 3/4 cup tea and 3/4 cup juice.
To make vegan, use a vegan sweetened condensed milk. You can make it homemade or purchase sweetened condensed coconut milk. Then use your favorite plant-based milk instead of heavy cream (oat milk is a great option).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 732Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 150gFiber: 0gSugar: 140gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is an estimate only.
If you’re looking for a fun new way to try boba (especially if you are a Harry Potter fan) try my butterbeer boba milkshake!
Once you’ve added the fruit juice, you will want to serve your bubble tea immediately. But if you want to make the boba/syrup mixture and heavy cream mixtures they should last 3-4 days in the fridge. Just be sure to store them in an airtight container.
Is Boba Gluten-Free?
Yes, as long as there is no contamination in the factory they were made in, boba pearls are gluten-free. Boba pearls are made from tapioca starch, sugar, and water. Tapioca starch is made from cassava root which is naturally gluten-free and sugar is naturally gluten-free as well.
If you’ve made this recipe, let me know how it went! I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy baking!