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Bubble Tea Recipe

Bubble Tea

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"A fun slushy drink with chewy tapioca pearls! If you can find extra wide straws, put one in each drink so you can suck the pearls up the straw and chew on them while you are drinking!"

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Original recipe makes 2 drinks Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Fill a saucepan about halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls, and return to a boil. Stir to make sure they do not start to stick together or to the pot. Cover, and simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse and drain. The pearls should be squishy and black. Stir some of the honey into the pearls so they are coated.
  2. Place the milk, any remaining honey, tea mix, and ice into the container of a blender. Cover, and blend to your desired slushiness. Pour the tea into two large glasses. Spoon half of the tapioca pearls into each glass. If you can find extra wide straws, place one into each drink to suck up the pearls and chew on them while you are drinking.
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  • Note
  • Use the tapioca pearls soon after cooking them. Do not store them in the refrigerator, or they will lose their chewy texture!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 24, 2012

I feel this recipe may have been unfairly rated by some -- don't confound a distaste for boba/bubble tea itself with an unsuccessful recipe. You can find boba, black large-pearl tapioca, at most Asian food stores and in the Asian aisles of some more commercial food places. In my experience, it isn't necessary to cook them for a full 45 minutes; bring the water to a full boil, add the boba till they float, then reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes, covered. Then remove from heat and allow to stew for about 20 additional minutes. Rinse them with cool water and store them in the fridge, covered, with sugar or honey dissolved in water to keep them hydrated. My bag of boba directs that you use roughly 6x the volume of water as boba while cooking. Of course you can use whatever type of tea, with sweetener of choice and milk added to preference.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 13, 2006

I've tried making my own bubble tea on several occasions, and it's never quite as good as buying it from the popular local bubble tea shops. A few things that help make it close are 1) using frozen large tapioca pearls instead of the dry ones 2) using Lipton black tea and 3) sweetening the tea with condensed milk. It's a hard thing to make, and your recipe was nice shot at it.


14 Ratings

Aug 10, 2009

Wonderful!!! You either like bubble tea or you don't. Don't let the other reviews scare you away from trying it! It's very time consuming but very worth it.

Aug 12, 2005

Doesn't taste like the bottled stuff at all.

Sep 14, 2008

Such a neat drink idea! I could only find small tapioca pearls but I used the chai tea mix from this site BUT I was not able to find powdered, unsweetened tea mix so I just brewed some regular tea and mixed the chai mix and tapioca in. Lots of fun. I can see how this would be good with bigger pearls and a big straw.

Aug 17, 2005

Definately not my thing, the chewy tapioca pearls were just too odd for for me. But if you are a tea lover, you may want to try it.

Apr 13, 2010

Yeah, just like someone else said on here, you either like it or dont like it so dont be scared to try. this is actually a pretty good base recipe, i flavored mine with coconut and used green tea :] and for some people, they just dont like the chewy tapioca pearls but thats just preference. try it, and its not authentic without the pearls but still is yummy :]

Jun 06, 2006

I was skeptical, but thought I would give this a go. I really wish I hadn't.


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  • Calories
  • 573 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 130.5 g
  • 42%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 99 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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