Today, I had the immense pleasure of spending the day with one of my favorite people to do crafty things with – Nancy! We decided to take on something crafty AND delicious – making homemade bubble (boba) tea!
We had so much fun that I felt the need to share how delightfully easy and cost effective this is! A much cheaper way to enjoy bubble tea – and Nancy and I agreed that it tasted as good as at the local bubble tea cafe.
You will need:
- Boba (found at your local asian market)
- Condensed sweetened milk (or regular milk or almond milk or soy milk!)
- Tea of choice (or fruit juice or coffee!)
- Big straws (found at local asian market OR these were milkshake straws found at the local grocery store)
- Optional: brown sugar and white sugar and ginger for the sugar syrup
Now, as you can tell from the ingredient list, there are tons of options. The world is your oyster!
We tried two types of boba:
- tapioca balls that were already precooked. These were easy and ready to use in about 10 minutes.
- dried starch balls (made from potato starch) that took over 40 minutes to get ready.
The package you buy should have some sort of instructions. The larger, colorful, precooked tapioca balls had great instructions, which we followed. The smaller, dried starch balls did not have instructions in English so we had to feel it out.
So here are the steps to making perfect Bubble tea:
Step 1: Make a simple syrup (option)
- We boiled appr 3 c water with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar and a pinch of ginger powder. Fresh grated ginger would have been better but mine had gone bad. :( But it was delicious! We left the “syrup” more liquidy so the balls could roll around in it. It had a texture only slightly thicker than water. Set aside once ready.
Step 2: Get your boba ready!!
For precooked tapioca balls: For every 1/4 cup boba, boil 2.5 cups of water. Once boiling, pour in the 1/4 cup boba. Let boil for 5 minutes. Then empty into a colander and run cold water over the boba so they don’t stick.
For dried starch balls: For every 1/4 cup boba, boil about 8 c water. Once boiling, add boba. Boil for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Take off of heat, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes. Empty in colander and run cold water over the boba so they don’t stick.
After the boba (either type) is rinsed, pour into your pot of now-cool simple “syrup.” Let sit for about 5-15 minutes. The longer is sits, the sweeter it gets! we let our first batch sit in the sweet water while we went out and get Indian chaat for lunch!
Step 3: Make your tea!
While the boba is sitting in the syrup, make your tea. You could already have your tea made ahead of time, or have the water boiling while everything else boils (we had three stove aisles with boiling water because we were doing tea and two types of boba at the same time!)
We used Jasmine tea, and it was delicious. For iced bubble tea, I recommend making the tea ahead of time and letting it cool down.
Step 4: Add milk, ice, and boba, and TA DA!!
We took the jasmine tea, and added sweetened condensed milk and ice and shook it in a shaker. Delish! I wish I could tell you how much sweetened condensed milk but it’s really just up to your preference. Add a little taste, and then add more if you like!
We then spooned the boba out of the simple “syrup” and into the bottom of a glass. Then we poured the delicious milk tea into the cup over the boba.
After drinking this yummy treat, we decided we needed to experiment. Since I am obsessed with tea, we had a ton of flavors to choose from. We decided to make a watermelon mint tea from Teavana.
I’m not sure if you can tell in this picture, but the tea and the boba are PINK! too cute. It actually tasted a lot like bubblegum -which I liked but Miss Nancy did NOT. :)
All in all, it was a great way to spend a day with a friend, and now we might have a new snack time obsession!!