The Boba tea is a sweet drink with key ingredients – milk, fruits, flavored tea and tapioca pearls. It is called by a variety of names, depending on what part of the world you’re in: bubble tea, tapioca pearl drink, pearl tea, pearl shake, pearl milk tea, black pearl tea, to name just a few. It comes in hundreds of varieties among those either a fruit-flavored Boba tea or a milk-based Boba tea is the most popular. Taste wise, it tastes as good as it looks and the total calorie counts for Boba teas depend on how much you’re served. In general, these are high-calorie, high-fat drinks.

Boba tea was originally originated in the tea shops of Taichung, Taiwan as a tea-based drink. Nowadays, the drink is made in a variety of ways and has evolved over the decades. You can get it as a smoothie with fruits like strawberries, apples and peaches, passion fruit, lychee and jackfruit. Or get is as iced tea or flavored drinks with added flavors of chocolate, coffee, taro, lavender, rose, violet, almond, ginger, sago palm, aloe and even egg pudding.

The fun of Boba tea comes from small round tapioca balls (pearls) that have soft, chewy consistency similar to that of gummy candy. The tapioca balls are usually black and are made out of starch, brown sugar and sweet potato. Sometimes, white balls are also used that are made from cassava starch, caramel and chamomile root. Anyhow, you can make pearls almost of any color and flavor by soaking the white pearls in colored drink syrups.

Key Ingredients:

  • Tapioca balls
  • Condensed Milk
  • Brewed tea
  • Flavored powders
  • Sugar & Water

The Preparation Process:

Boba drink is prepared with a variety of recipes, including different ingredients and techniques to make it as unique as different drinks. However, the general preparation process is as follows:

  • Take two cup of water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  • Add Tapioca balls to the water and stir gently until they begin floating to the top of the water. Cook the balls on low flame and let the balls to tender for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a sugar syrup
  • Prepare a cup of brewed tea (Boba Tea can be made with or without tea)
  • Now pour the prepared tea into a tall glass and add cooked tapioca balls. Add milk for a creamy boba tea, juice for a fruity tea, or leave plain and add a little extra water. Sweeten to taste with the sugar syrup from soaking the balls.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 (1 drink = 12.7 ounce)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 200
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 12mg
Calcium 150mg
Potassium 114mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 12% Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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