How to Make Bubble Tea

Have you ever wondered how to make bubble tea at home? Bubble tea originated in Taiwan, but has quickly risen in popularity across other parts of the world. Also known as boba tea or pearl milk tea, this chewy Asian dessert treat is common in bubble tea shops but can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home! With our bubble tea powders, black tapioca pearls, and even bubble tea straws, we have everything you need to prepare your own delicious boba drinks from your kitchen.


One of our customers shared this gorgeous photo of the bubble tea drinks she made with our mixes!

How to Cook Tapioca Pearls

On your quest to bubble tea perfection, you’ll begin by preparing the black tapioca pearls, also called bubbles or boba. For every one cup of tapioca pearls, you’ll want to boil 8 cups of water. Do not add the pearls until the water is boiling to ensure that they cook all the way through. Once the water has come to a boil, add the pearls, reduce the heat to medium, and let them boil for 25 minutes without the lid. Stir the pearls occasionally to help them cook evenly.

After this stage, turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and let them sit for half an hour. Pour the cooked pearls into a metal strainer and rinse with cool water to bring their temperature down. Once finished, these tapioca starch bubbles have a firm, chewy texture and slightly sweet flavor. Some people like to sweeten the pearls further by adding sugar or syrup. The pearls should be used immediately, or will last in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Black Tapioca Pearls

How to Make Bubble Tea

We carry 10 popular flavors of bubble tea, so you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your taste buds. A few of our customer favorites include black milk tea, matcha green tea, taro root tea, Thai milk tea, and honeydew. These mixes contain tea, sweeteners, and creamers, so all you need to add is water, and ice, if you wish.

How do you like your boba tea – iced, hot, or blended into a smoothie?

Iced Bubble Tea – For a 16-ounce iced bubble tea beverage, add 3 tablespoons of tea powder to 8 ounces of hot water. In a separate cup, add 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls, and cover with ice. Pour the tea mixture over the ice and pearls. Enjoy!

Hot Bubble Tea – For an 8-ounce hot bubble tea beverage, add 3 tablespoons of tea powder to 8 ounces of hot water, and stir until dissolved. In a separate cup, add 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls, and pour the tea mixture over. Sip slowly because the beverage will be hot!

Bubble Tea Smoothie (Blended Drink) – For a 16-ounce bubble tea smoothie, add 8 ounces of water, 3 tablespoons of tea powder, and 2 cups of ice into a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Matcha Green Tea Powder Mix

And don’t forget the bubble tea straws! Ordinary straws won’t do, but our bubble tea straws are the perfect size for sipping tapioca pearls.

Bubble Tea Straws

Have you ever made homemade bubble tea? What are your favorite flavors?

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