Yes, you can make bubble tea at home! Get easy step-by-step instructions on how to make this delicious black tea boba tea recipe with chewy tapioca balls, brown sugar, and icy cold foam.
What is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea is a cold drink made with tea, milk, sugar, ice, and chewy tapioca pearls.
Bubble tea is a Taiwanese specialty that became popular in the 1980s. It’s now available all over the world.
The boba, or black tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink, are what give it its distinctive look. It’s made from tapioca starch obtained from the cassava root. A fatty straw is included that is big enough to suck up the tapioca balls while drinking tea.
Why is it called Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea is another name for boba, boba tea, boba milk tea, and bubble milk tea.
Homemade Bubble Tea Recipe Highlights
- Many bubble tea shops, on the other hand, utilize powders that are high in chemicals and sugar. This recipe is prepared with real tea instead of powdered mixes and is properly brewed so that the flavor of the tea comes through clearly.
- Using warm tapioca balls to make bubble tea improves the quality significantly! Don’t let the tapioca balls cool down completely — put them into the drink while they’re still warm. They’ll be soft and have a wonderful chew in the middle.
- Handheld milk frothers, like the one below, create delicious cold foam that adds a luxurious and creamy touch to beverages.
- Brown sugar is used in this boba tea mix instead of standard white sugar to give it a richer taste.
Homemade Bubble Tea Ingredient Notes
A strong black tea like Assam (which is what I used) or English breakfast tea is best to make a classic bubble tea. Use loose tea or tea sachets instead of tea bags.
Better water will make a better-tasting tea.
The package says it’s ready in 5 minutes, but that’s a LIE.
I’m a fan of brown sugar since it gives a deep, rich flavor, but you can swap the brown sugar with white sugar.
Half & half
To make the cold foam topping.
Granulated, white sugar
To sweeten the cold foam.
To keep the drink nice and refreshingly cold.