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.
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!