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Classic Bubble Tea

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Classic Bubble Tea is a deliciously fun and refreshing summertime drink recipe with delicious Fraser Tea organic blends, chewy tapioca pearls (boba balls) and blended with a little silky dairy or fruity juice of choice.

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


Boba Balls (Tapioca Pearls)
10 cups water
1 cup black or rainbow color boba balls (tapioca pearls)
1 tbsp honey (or simple syrup, maple syrup)
 
Tea
4 cups water
8 sachets of your favorite Fraser Tea blend (or 8 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea of choice) Some of our favorite Fraser Tea Blends for bubble tea… 4 tbsp honey (or simple syrup, maple syrup)
2 cups dairy (half and half, full fat milk or non-dairy of choice)
Ice 
Straws (fat ones that allow the boba balls to pass through).
 
Optional Additions
Fresh seasonal fruit blended
Exchange or replace dairy with Fruit juice of choice

Instructions
 

Cook tapioca pearls according to the directions on the back of your package. Do not you’re your tapioca pearls before cooking. There are 2 types of tapioca pearls. Quick cooking tapioca pearls that are ready in 5 minutes and slow cooking that can take up to 45 minutes to prepare. We used the quick cooking tapioca pearls.

QUICK cooking tapioca pearls:  In a pot add 10 cups of water and bring to a boil. Your water needs to be boiling BEFORE you add the tapioca pearls. Add 1 cup of your tapioca pearls (boba balls), cover and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes and then turn down to simmer and cook for another 2-3 minute or until chewy and translucent. The center of the boba balls should no longer be opaque, if cooked properly.  Drain, rinse and soak cooked pearls in cold water for 20 seconds. Drain and mix in 1 tablespoon of honey (or simple syrup, maple syrup). Stir well. Set aside.

SLOW cooking tapioca pearls: Consult the directions on the back of your package for details. May take up to 15 - 30 minutes to cook or longer. The goal is to have translucent pearls.

Brew Tea: Heat 4 cups of water to 195 degrees F to 205 degrees F. Steep 8 sachets of your favorite Fraser Tea blend and brew for at least 3-4 minutes. If using Rainbow Rooibos Organic Herbal Tea, brew for at least 5 - 7 minutes. Add approximately 4 tablespoons of honey or sweetener of choice to the brewed hot tea. Sweeten to your personal preference. Cool in refrigerator.

In a large glass, add ¼ cup bobo balls (tapioca pearls), 1 cup sweetened Fraser Tea Blend of choice, ½ cup dairy or non-dairy of choice. (If desired, you can replace the dairy with a fruit juice of choice) Stir well and add ice as desired. Serve with a fat straw and enjoy!

 

Notes

The perfectly cooked tapioca pearl will be translucent and slightly chewy.

Quick cooked boba tapioca balls only last 1-2 hours after cooked and then they start to get hard. Be sure to coat the boba tapioca balls in honey (or simple syrup, maple syrup) as this keeps them soft and helps prevent sticking together. Do not refrigerate quick cooking tapioca pearls. However, you can keep them at room temperature up to 2 hours. If you refrigerate quick cooking boba tapioca balls, it will make them hard. If they stick together, just add a couple of drops of water and stir.

Slow Cooking Tapioca Pearls can take up to 15 - 30 minutes to cook (or per package directions) and can be kept up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. The slow cooked tapioca pearls stay soft and chewy longer than the quick cooking tapioca pearls.

If you want to make your Fraser Bubble Tea dairy free and refined sugar free, try Healthy World Cuisine’s Recipe for Homemade Cream Earl Bubble Tea using our delicious Cream Earl Grey Organic Black Tea.

Classic Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea originated in Taiwan. The reason it is called bubble tea is because they add these deliciously addictive chewy boba balls (tapioca pearls) to the tea. The tapioca pearls are made out of cassava starch. You can find bubble tea shops all over the world. However, now you can make this traditional recipe from the comfort of your own home.

Where can you buy Tapioca Pearls?

You can purchase Tapioca Pearls also known as boba balls on Amazon and Asian food stores. We have even seen them for online sale in Walmart. We have used both Black Tapioca Pearls and Rainbow-Colored Tapioca Pearls to show you the difference. There are many different colors and even flavors on the market. The classic bubble tea that originated in Taiwan is made with the black tapioca pearls. The boba balls are black because of the addition of brown sugar.

Fraser Tea Organic Blends

What is your favorite tea blend? Feel free to use your favorite tea blend in your classic bubble tea. However, black teas, oolong, pu-erh and green teas are generally used as they can deliver a rich and deep tea flavor when mixed with a dairy of choice.  Some of our favorite tea blends for a Fraser Bubble Tea are…

For the kids, we love mixing Rainbow Rooibos Organic Herbal Tea with their favorite fruit juice instead of dairy for a delicious caffeine free treat.

Garnishes and Substitutions

  • Fresh fruit either pureed or mixed it is always a hit in bubble tea.
  • If you have a dairy intolerance, feel free to substitute with a dairy free option of choice.
  • We like to use honey, maple syrup or a simple syrup as liquid mixes well with the tea and the bobo balls. You can also make a brown sugar simple syrup of desired. To make a simple syrup, mix 1 cup granulated sugar in 1 cup water and cook over low medium heat until sugar is dissolved (about 10 minutes).
  • If you are looking for a lighter bubble tea, try mixing a little fruit juice of choice with your tea, instead of dairy.

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