I know some people out there have a problem eating strange textures, I’m just not one of them. When Bubble (Boba) Tea came out, I was thrilled to chew on those big gummy balls. It was equally exciting to suck them up through that fat straw. What a fun drink! Right?
It had been a few years since I had one, so I stopped by the little shop in the mall excited to experience Bubble Tea again. This time I was seeing the place through new eyes. Instead of being lured by the sweet concoctions or swayed by the colorful powders lined up against the wall, I was a little horrified. What on earth is in Bubble Tea anyway?
Just like a million times before, I cursed my nutrition education and walked out of the store without a drink in hand.
Not to be dissuaded from my growing craving, I decided to figure out another way. Did you know that you can order Bobas (tapioca pearls) on Amazon? Of course you can! (Small soapbox: Please buy local when you can.) So, I ordered some Boba, and figured out how to make my own version where the ingredients aren’t a mystery.
The basic ingredients of Bubble Tea are great (tea, milk, a little sweet, and tapioca pearls) and easy to combine on your own.
Here’s what you do:
- Obtain your bobas
- Cook them up according to the directions. It should take a whole 5 minutes. Note: I learned the hard way that Boba doesn’t store well – only make enough for one day.
- Make your tea of choice (fruity, black, green, matcha, rooibos, white)
- Choose your creamer (dairy, non-dairy, full fat, non-fat)
- Choose your level of sweet (stevia, sugar, honey)
- Add your Boba
- If you’re really fancy, order the big fat straws too (I used an un-cool but eco-friendly spoon)
Here are my cooked plump Bobas:
Here is my finished product … a decaf Chai with full-fat coconut milk and stevia – Yummo!
Hey that sounds like a Starbucks drink. I wonder why they haven’t boarded this train yet? Let me know what your favorite combination is below. I’d love to hear from you!