I wanted to make my own boba tea/tapioca, and went to Fubonn on a whim. Luckily they actually had an entire section of the pearls and even drink mixes. If you don’t have an Asian grocery near you, they are available on Ebay. The boba turned out great! Here’s what you’ll need:
Tapioca pearls, they had black, white and multicolored at the store. Of course I got multicolored. I picked up a honeydew flavor drink mix as well. And you can’t forget the chunky straws!
Boil 10 cups of water, then add in one cup of the pearls. Give the pearls a gentle stir. Right away they will rise to the top of the water. When they do, cover them and boil for 5 minutes more.
After 5 minutes, take the pearls out and drain them. Mix them with some simple syrup (1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups water. Heat in a pot and remove from heat as soon as it boils.) I think the simple syrup step is to keep them from sticking together.
Next, in a shaker combine: 2 ounces simple syrup, 2 tbs. drink powder, and 2 tbs. non-dairy creamer (I didn’t have any so I used 2 tbs. milk and it worked perfectly). Add a few ice cubes and fill to the top with cold water. Shake to combine, making sure the drink powder dissolves.
Spoon some finished tapiocas into a glass, and pour the liquid over it.
And that’s it! It looks (and tastes) so impressive but is really quite easy. I will definitely pull this recipe out next time I have friends over. Enjoy!