I apologize in advance if I get you addicted to bubble tea!
This is the Ultimate review of the Best Boba Tea Flavors.
Glimmering beautifully in the sunlight, clutched by a manicured hand for the perfect Instagram-worthy shot, or just simply having them in your daily morning run…
There’s no denying that boba tea has become a big part of our daily hustle.
But these days, more and more people are opting to make their own milk tea at home with their own ingredients and flavors.
Plant-based milk, gluten-free, fruity, coffee...
Still torn about what flavor to try? Why not let me guide you through the countless fun boba tea flavors?
So if you’re looking for:
And lots more, then keep reading...
Whether you’re a big tea lover or just giving into the yummy trend and exploring, you’ll love this actionable new guide.
Let’s get bobbing!
Originating in Taiwan, basic boba tea is composed of black tea, milk, and well, the boba.
Boba can be anything from egg pudding to tapioca pearls and grass jelly, as long as it sinks to the bottom of the cup.
But these days…
More and more people are opting to make their own boba tea flavors at home.
Why is that?
Well, firstly, you can customize the flavor all you want. Some tea lovers like their milk tea more bitter and fresh, with a dominating tea flavor. Some like it milkier.
Making your own boba tea flavors at home lets you do it the way you prefer it.
...drinking store-bought bubble tea leaves a bigger footprint on our planet, with all the plastic cups and straws being used. Making your own boba tea flavors lets you reduce the usage of plastic by using your own cups and glasses!
Thinking about making one?
Fun as it is, it can be intimidating, too, with the many kinds of tea you can get in the market.
That’s why, I, with my insatiable love for milk tea, created this ultimate guide for bubble tea flavors to suit every mood and preference.
The best part?
They only consist of three or a few more ingredients!
Ready to check out the most popular boba tea flavors?
Before we do that, let’s discuss where to buy tapioca pearls and how to make them. The easiest way to buy them on Amazon, but if there’s a specialty grocery store close by your home, then they might have some in stock.
Plus there are different types of boba pearls to choose from!
Most of the packages will have instructions on how to prepare them, but they’re generally prepared by boiling them in water for 4-5 minutes then draining the excess water.
Let’s get bobbing!
|Mango||2 cups fresh or frozen|
|Milk||1 cup milk or coconut milk|
|Jasmine Tea||1 cup cooled|
|Tapioca Pearls||2 cups|
Fancy making a tropical treat at home? You can make bubble tea with mango, too!
The tea used for this recipe is jasmine tea rather than the more flavorful black tea. That’s so that you only get a very subtle tea flavor while letting the mango taste shine.
Oh, and it’s also organic with bleach-free bags to boot!
You can use any kind of milk but since we’re going tropical here, I’ve used coconut milk, which made the flavor very unique!
Blend them all together with a blender or smoothie maker, add the tapioca pearls and you’re ready for summer!
|English breakfast black tea||1 bag|
|Milk||2 ½ tablespoon|
|Tapioca pearls||½ cup|
Who says you can only drink coffee in the mornings?
Make your early morning grind something to look forward to with a fine homemade breakfast bubble tea!
The highlight of this breakfast milk tea is none other than the English breakfast black tea.
To tell you the truth…
Let me warn you though, that one tea bag is powerful enough to make you a single cup of dark and intense tea or 2 cups of milder ones.
After steeping your tea for about 4-5 minutes, I would immediately add the honey so that it can be dissolved in the hot liquid as the tea cools down.
And lastly, add the milk and the cooked tapioca pearls.
You can enjoy this hot or cold. But running to work with a refreshing cup of cold milk tea sounds more enlivening!
|Strawberries||2 cups fresh or frozen|
|Milk||1 cup milk|
|Green tea (or white tea)||3/4 cup cooled|
|Tapioca Pearls||2 cups|
Admit it or not, strawberry was the first flavor we loved as kids. Combine it with the playful textures of boba and you’ve got yourself a fun bubble tea for kids!
You can use either strawberry powder or fresh strawberries for this, but of course, fresh fruit is the best way to go.
As for the tea…
You can use black tea but if you’re mixing this up for the little tykes, an approachable green tea or white tea is your best bet. I’ve used Harney & Sons Japanese Green Tea for this. It’s mild enough to give just the right leafy feel and it’s also kind of sweet without adding any sugar.
And of course, don’t forget the colorful wide, reusable straws!
|Thai tea mix||1 cup|
|Coconut milk||¾ cup|
What better way to welcome summer than with this Insta-worthy bright orange bubble tea!
Thai bubble tea is originally made of spices such as anise stars, cardamom, and cloves. But I’ve used a readily available Thai tea mix instead. The Pantai Thai Tea mix I’ve used is restaurant-grade so it tasted just like the ones I used to get on my way to work!
Finish it with a splash of coconut milk and watch your bubble tea transform into the most delicious shade of orange ever.
|Instant coffee||1 ½ tablespoon|
|Whole milk||1 cup|
|Hot water||½ cup|
|Loose leaf black tea||½ tablespoon (or 1 bag)|
|Brown sugar||2 tablespoons|
|Tapioca pearls||3 tablespoons|
Coffee or tea?
Why not both?
Say yes to an exciting afternoon pick-me-up with a coffee bubble tea!
Basically, it’s just coffee, tea, milk, and sugar. I made sure to use brown sugar so it tasted caramel-ly.
Worrying about too much caffeine intake?
For this, I opted for a decaffeinated Taylors of Harrogate Breakfast Tea so I only got my dose of caffeine from the coffee.
Pro tip: Whip up a cheese foam and put it in your coffee-tea along with ice cubes for a coffee shop-worthy treat!
|Honeydew tea mix||2 tablespoons|
|Honeydew||1 cup, cubed|
|Sweetener||To taste (optional)|
|Tapioca pearls||¼ cup|
|Green tea||1 bag (optional)|
This summer staple first became popular in many Asian countries, until the fruity trend finally came to the west, promising world domination!
The reason for its popularity?
Well, in case you haven’t tasted it yet, a honeydew bubble tea is simple, crisp and lightly fruity.
It’s also naturally sweet so you don’t even have to put too much sweetener!
You can choose between using a honeydew tea powder and fresh fruits. As for me, I use both, because why not?
I’ve always used fresh fruits in the past, but my tea-loving buddies recommended me the Tea Zone Honeydew Tea Powder and I gotta say it’s worth the purchase. It's not milk tea, but rather just flavored tea mix, which makes it very versatile to be used in smoothies as well as hot drinks!
|Jasmine green tea||1 tablespoon or 1 bag|
|Taro powder||4 tablespoons|
|Condensed milk||½ cup|
|Honey||1 ½ tablespoon|
|Tapioca balls||½ cup|
With its thick and creamy texture, the sweet potato-like tuber is quickly becoming a popular boba drink choice.
Pro tip: Dissolve the taro powder in hot water first to achieve a creamy ice cream-like texture. Fortunately, the Bossen Taro powder has tiny pulps for added texture and creaminess!
Another tip: I also like to buy fresh root crops that are close to taro such as Ube and I scrape them into balls for a twist!
|Jasmine tea||4 bags|
|Hot water||3 cups|
|Tapioca pearls||½ cup|
Don’t fancy sweeter candy bubble teas?
The jasmine bubble tea is my go-to whenever I just want a quick afternoon beverage to get me through the day.
Straightforward and strong, the floral notes coming from the Numi organic jasmine green tea are subtly mellowed out by the milk, retaining a strong but pleasant flavor that’s perfect for tea lovers.
|Matcha powder||1 tablespoon|
|Hot water||2 tablespoon|
|2 tablespoon||Granulated sugar|
|Almond milk||1 cup|
|Tapioca balls||¼ cup|
They say that matcha isn’t for everyone but if you’re making one at home, then that wouldn’t be the case!
The result is an authentic-looking matcha bubble tea with stunning color, making for another intriguing Instagram image!
Note: If you want your matcha tea with a fuller body, you can use half & half milk instead.
|Earl grey tea||2 bags|
|Brown sugar||1 teaspoon|
|Almond milk||½ cup|
|Almond extract||¼ teaspoon|
|Boba pearls||¼ cup|
Lactose intolerant? Trying to lose weight? Vegan?
There’s a bubble tea flavor for everyone!
Almond milk tea uses almond milk and almond extract along with earl grey tea to create an interesting nutty flavor that’s just a little earthy.
Some friends told me that this almond bubble tea tasted like coconut. I didn’t think so, but it just proves that this concoction has a unique and intriguing flavor.
Of all the boba tea flavors, matcha is believed to have strong cancer-fighting properties, with antioxidants and EGCG catechin. It also has the ability to prevent illnesses such as diabetes and heart diseases. Plus it's believed to be helpful in losing weight.
A basic bubble tea would taste milky with a subtle earthy flavor coming from the tea. The pearls are usually sweet as they’re mostly cooked with brown sugar.
The most popular of all boba tea flavors is the purple boba, which is the Taro bubble tea.
Starbucks doesn’t sell bubble tea but they craft their own tea products and you can request sinkers such as tapioca pearls and even jellies.
Kids can drink boba tea occasionally. Just keep in mind that most of these boba flavors have caffeine in them. You may also want to be careful with the tapioca pearls as they’re large enough to choke a toddler.
We’ve come a long way from the plain coffee and tea of the past to these colorful varieties we have today!
Who would’ve thought?
With all the new products springing up left and right, there’s no excuse not to try a glass of this trendy drink. As I’ve mentioned, there’s a boba flavor for everyone.
And I certainly don’t see this trend ending anytime soon.
So what are your favorite boba tea flavors? Are you planning to make any?
Let me know in the comments or zip over to my social media so we can talk!