This rich chocolate bubble tea has the most flavor and is made with ingredients that are simple to find. You must try it for yourself because it is a recipe that is incredibly simple, inexpensive, and forgiving. These days, bubble tea is so well-liked that I was powerless to resist creating my own homemade version. This recipe’s incredible adaptability is something I really appreciate. Compared to store-bought boba, you can customize the sweetness, milk type, and boba amount to suit your preferences.
What Is Bubble Tea?
Bubble tea (also known as boba tea) is a Taiwanese drink made by combining tea with milk, fruit, and juices, then adding tapioca pearls and vigorously shaking. Bubble tea has exploded in popularity over the last decade, but it has been a favorite in places like China since the 1980s!
What Is Boba?
Milk tea’s delicious tapioca pearl “bubbles” (or “boba”) settle to the bottom of the glass. Traditional tapioca boba and more modern popping boba are the two most common varieties. Find out who they are and what they do!
Tapioca boba is made of starch and is also known as pearls. The majority of tapioca pearls are black, but some are white and transparent. Boba pearls are traditionally found at the bottom of the cup and are very chewy. Their consistency is similar to chewing gum and Jell-O, and they can be consumed at any time of day. Brown or muscovado sugar is commonly used to coat boba pearls. When making these at home, you can also add some cocoa powder to make them a chocolatey delicacy!
Fruit-based milk teas can be ordered with a number of toppings, but popping boba is the most popular choice. An edible, frequently fruit-filled sphere known as popping boba has a skin that feels like gel and releases flavor when squeezed (hence the name). Popping boba is made of seaweed extract, calcium compounds, fruit juice, water, and sweetener as opposed to traditional boba, which is solid and chewy.
Why Is Bubble Tea So Popular?
If you’re wondering why there’s so much buzz about bubble tea, here are my thoughts: Boba tea provides a one-of-a-kind beverage experience. The drinking experience is unparalleled. What other drink combines delectable liquid with bursting or chewy pearls?
The variety of flavors is astounding. Bubble tea is available with a milk or fruit base. Some bubble tea flavors are one-of-a-kind and taste nothing like anything else on the market!
Boba tea has a very appealing appearance. Boba or bubble tea has grown in popularity in part due to the fact that many customers share it on their social media pages, demonstrating to their friends and followers the uniqueness of the drink they purchased.
Essential Ingredients For Decadent Chocolate Bubble Tea
Milk. Feel free to substitute your preferred milk, whether it be dairy, coconut, or oat. I used almond milk.
Hot Cocoa Blend. This will impart an incredible flavor. You can substitute cocoa powder for a hot chocolate mix if you don’t have one.
tapenade pearls Any tapioca pearls will do; you can purchase these online or at your neighborhood Asian market. They’re also easy to make at home!
Sugar. You can use any readily available liquid sweetener, regular sugar, brown sugar, or both.
How To Make Homemade Boba Pearls
Making boba pearls is simpler than you might think. Tapioca starch, muscovado sugar, and water are all you need.
- ¼ cup brown sugar (with some extra for coating boba)
- ¼ cup water
- 4 oz tapioca starch
1. Fill a saucepot with water and sugar. Melt the sugar by heating it over medium heat. The mixture should boil.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of tapioca starch to the combination. The remaining tapioca starch should be whisked in gradually after the starch has been thoroughly dissolved. Till you have a smooth dough, stir quickly and continuously.
3. Place the dough onto a spotless surface and knead it thoroughly to remove all tapioca starch.
4. Form a small piece of the dough into boba pearls by cutting it into pieces. To prevent drying out, wrap the remaining dough in plastic.
Shaping boba into pearls can be a time-consuming and laborious process, especially if you want them to be perfect. Nonetheless, I discovered an easier way with the help of a tool commonly used by fishermen: the carp boilies maker.
Simply shape the dough into thin strips, place it in a carp boilies maker, and roll back and forth until you have perfect boba balls!
The carp boilies maker comes in various sizes, so you can select one that is smaller or larger to produce different sized balls.
1. To make the boba, combine tapioca pearls with hot water in a pot. Sizzle for 5 to 6 minutes. Cook your pearls for longer if you want them to be softer.
2. After being taken off the heat, the boba pearls should be sieved. In a small mixing bowl, sprinkle brown sugar over the boba tea.
3. Prepare the milk tea by pouring hot water into a mug or bowl, adding the chocolate mix, and stirring until the powder is completely dissolved.
4. Put tapioca balls in a big glass to serve. Add the hot chocolate after covering the boba with ice. Finally, pour milk into the glass.
5. If you’d like, add more sweetener, then serve.