How to Make Boba Pearls

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Boba tea is a great favorite at Taiwanese restaurants. With a few ingredients and some creativity, you can make your own. Boba pearls are a staple ingredient of Boba tea, and although they are somewhat time-consuming to make -- requiring a two-step process and several hours of steeping in syrup -- they are well worth the effort. Once you learn the basic recipe for both Boba pearls and tea, you can put your own unique spin on it.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup tapioca pearls
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Make sugar syrup for your Boba pearls. Mix the white and brown sugar together, along with water. Boil them.

  • Remove the sugar syrup from heat, when it starts boiling. Place it in the refrigerator and allow it to cool.

  • Boil 6-8 cups of water in a large pot. Add the tapioca pearls. Cover, and allow the mixture to continue boiling for 25 minutes.

  • Turn off the heat, but leave the pearls and water in the pot for 25 minutes.

  • Drain the pearls, and cover them in sugar syrup for at least 1 hour before draining and serving them. You can leave them in the sugar syrup for up to 48 hours before they start to disintegrate.

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