Bubble Tea Recipe

bubble teas

I first discovered Bubble Tea from a  coworker. She would bring those pre-made bubble teas in the office for us as an afternoon treat in the summer. It’s such a nice cool treat for a hot day.  I loved them. I adored all the fruity flavors they came in, but I loved the simple plain bubble tea the best.

So a few weeks ago I decided to try and make my own bubble tea, so I didn’t have to go out of my way to buy one when I got a craving, which is pretty often. The only problem was getting the ingredients, so I do what I always do, and headed straight to my favorite search engine to figure it out – Bing.

searching where to tapioca pearls on bing

The first and most important ingredients are the bubbles, or boba, which is tapioca pearls. I quickly learned from my search that tapioca pearls come in all different types of colors, but I needed the black ones for my tea.

search results

My search led my right to amazon, where I was able to buy not only my tapioca pearls, but also the black tea leaves to make the tea.

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After you’ve earned enough points, just click over to the rewards tab and browse through all the options available. I think my favorite reward will be the Amazon cards. There’s so many hard to find food ingredients that I can simply order from there instead of traveling all around town going into different markets.

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Anyway, let’s get back to that tea. To make this bubble tea, I just followed the directions on the back of the package of the tapico pearls to cook them. Then I brewed some strong Chinese black tea, added some milk, and let it chill.

When you’re getting the ingredients for this tea, don’t forget the boba tea straws. They’re just the right size for the boba.

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To serve just chill in the fridge until cold, or add some ice and stir.

teas with straws in glasses

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Yield: Serves 4

Bubble Tea Recipe

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1/4 cup dried boba tapioca pearls per serving
1 cup brewed tea, your favorite type, (I used Yunnan Black Chinese Tea)
1 cup Milk, almond milk, or sweetened condensed milk
sugar or stevia for sweetness
Fruit juice (optional)

Boba tea straws


Cook boba according to package directions, boiling in a large pot of water. Pearls will expand quite a bit. AFter boba is done, drain and set aside.

Add boba, brewed tea and milk to glass. Add ice or place in fridge to cool.

Mix well and serve with a boba straw.

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  14 Responses to “Bubble Tea Recipe”

  1. Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) — June 13, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ve never had bubble tea before. I want to try it now!

  2. I do like me some bubble tea but never have made it home – and now I wonder why because once you get the tapioca, it sure seems super easy!

  3. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — June 13, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    My sister in law is obsessed with bubble tea! She’d love this!

  4. [email protected] — June 13, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    Wow I’ve never heard of that tea before, I’m intrigued!

  5. MMM Bubble tea is my weakness!!! I love this and will have to make it soon!

  6. Ginny McMeans — June 13, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    What a fun recipe! I will have to make this!

  7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 13, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    I’ve never had bubble tea but I can’t wait to try this!

  8. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — June 13, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    I’ve never heard of Bubble Tea before. It makes for a pretty drink!

  9. Kim Beaulieu — June 13, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

    This is such a cool recipe. I have to try this immediately.

  10. Olivia - primavera Kitchen — June 14, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    What a fun drink. Love it 😉

  11. YUM, this looks delicious! I love tea but I have never had bubble tea before, can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  12. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — June 14, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    I’ve never had bubble tea, despite seeing it everywhere! I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

  13. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — June 16, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    SO when we went to Hawaii we went to Chinatown and there were street vendors selling bubble tea. They didn’t really speak good english so I had no idea as to what the little black dots where in the bubble tea! tapioca pearls! haha learn something new everyday!

  14. Connie | URBAN BAKES — June 16, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    That’s so cool that you’ve made your own. The 1st time I had it was about 6 years ago. Loved it!! I always thought I would have to go back into Chinatown to get it so this is definitely useful information to make my own. Thanks!

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