Boba tea is a cold drink made with tea, milk, sweetener, and these chewy like marble shaped balls or “pearls”. We only have a couple of shops here on Monterey Peninsula that sells the drink. They’re popular AND at $3.50 not cheap! They come served in plastic cups and sealed with a cellophane covering. The fun part of this drink experience is taking the big thick straw its served with and popping it into the seal so the pearls can be sucked up, then chewed (be careful, it could become a choking hazard for the novice boba drinker!). I took some time to surf different websites to learn how to make the drink, and figure out what the mystery “pearls” are….they’re big tapioca balls that are cooked up and stored in a simple sugar solution!
There are many different variations and ways to serve boba, which makes this drink so fun. Fruits, powdered flavorings added with ice are one variation to make a slushy version of boba. So far I’ve tried two types; tea boba, and mango slushy using a flavored powdered. I ordered all my supplies from Nuts Online , even the cool straws!!
Here are before, during and after pictures of the cooked pearls. I followed directions from the Food Coma Blog. The writer has a storefront that sells the drinks, so I knew the cooking directions would be perfect and they were!
- 1 cup of brewed tea (I used green)
- 2 Tablepoons of mik (your choice)
- 1 Tablespoon simple sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
Adjust the recipe to your personal taste. You may prefer more milk. I like it with just a splash.
Poured it all ingredients in a shaker and mix it up. Add boba to the bottom of the glass, then poured the mixture on top.
My homemade seal is Glad’s Press ‘n Seal wrap.
Mango Slushy Boba
- 1 cup of ice
- 5 oz of water
- 3 Tablespoons Mango Powder Tea Mix