Bubble Tea is becoming increasingly popular drink in Canada. While drinks can run $8-$12 at a bubble tea place, you can make them at home for a fraction of the cost. Bubble Tea is made from:
- Liquid - Water or Tea and Ice
- Flavouring - Flavoured Syrup like Torani Syrups
- Sugar/Syrup - If using Torani for flavouring this is not required, honey could also be used
- Texture Component - Tapioca Pearls (Boba) or Choobee
Let's break things down a little.
Liquid - Water or Tea and Ice
Bubble Tea is strongly associated with tea, but water can be used as well. The most popular choices are Black Tea (makes the drink smooth/mellow) or Jasmine Green Tea (makes the tea lighter and brighter to the taste).
This can be Flavoured Syrups (like Torani), Cream Flavoured Powders (CFP), Sour Flavoured Powders (SFP).
If using a powder, sweetener will be required. Torani flavoured syrups use 100% pure cane sugar, while Torani's Sugar Free Syrups use Sucralose and contain no calories.
Optionally, honey can also be used.
Can be a wide variety of products, but are typically Tapioca Pearls (known as Boba). Other popular options include coconut jelly, shredded lychee or diced pear.
The most time-consuming (though not difficult) part of making bubble tea is the tapioca pearls. They come in a compact, dry format and need to be hydrated to get that familiar tapioca consistency.
- 1 cup Tapioca Pearls to 7 cups water
- Bring the water to a boil in a large pot
- Add Tapioca Pearls to boiling water, boil for 30-45 minutes while stirring occasionally
- Tapioca Pearls are done when they're soft throughout when chewed
- Move pot away from the heating element and let the Tapioca Pearls sit for 30 minutes with the lid on
- Drain and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear
- Coat with Torani flavouring syrups - you now have Boba!
- Add ice, chilled tea and Boba to a glass with a large (wide) straw and serve!