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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:

  1. Liquid - Water or Tea and Ice
  2. Flavouring - Flavoured Syrup like Torani Syrups
  3. Sugar/Syrup - If using Torani for flavouring this is not required, honey could also be used
  4. 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.

Texture Component

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.

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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!