Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bar - The Best Snack

Updated on: August 31, 2023
Author: Nick
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Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bar

Bubble Tea has been here for over 30 years, however, the bubble tea fad does not appear to be waning since its introduction in the late 1990s

In fact, I believe the Bubble Tea popularity keeps on increasing. Everywhere you look there seems to be a new boba tea flavor or treat. The craze has even exited the realm of food and drinks; there are even cute boba plush, clothing and appliances like this mini boba fridge.

So it’s not surprising that there is boba ice cream!

But I bet by now you have heard of the brown sugar boba ice cream bar, which is basically the Tiger Milk Tea in an ice cream bar. People keep talking about it!

But don’t worry, we won’t just simply mention this ice cream bar and not tell you more about it, where to buy it and even how to make it, cause it’s hard to find as it keeps on selling out everywhere!

Keep reading to learn exactly why people are going crazy for this brown sugar ice cream. 

This classic Asian snack will be your go-to brown sugar treat! 

What is this Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bar People Can’t Stop Talking About?

One cannot truly appreciate the delicious taste of this famous brown sugar ice cream bar unless one tastes it. 

It just wouldn’t do it any justice, you know?

But yes, it’s delicious!

First, the creamy color from the brown sugar boba is everything to die for and begs you to dive in and take a bite.

Once you bite into it, you will discover a heavenly silky smooth texture with perfectly matched flavors that come from the creamy mix of brown sugar boba and brown sugar milk tea. 

To add to this, the hard and yummy boba pearls come in a super cold form, adding a chewy texture and mini-explosions of brown sugar flavor to these delicious frozen treats.

Consider yourself warned though, you may get addicted to these… I know I have! 

And it’s not just us who like this boba ice cream bar. Many online reviews are raving about this ice cream! The novelty of boba pearls inside ice cream seems to be the latest craze.

There you have it! I don’t think you need any more reason to try out these amazing boba bars.

Milk Based Tea - Tapioca Pearls - Boba Bars

How to Make Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars at Home?

Yes, you can buy these boba bars at your local Costco, H-mart, other grocery stores and even online.

But they seem to be sold out all the time, and when you are lucky enough to find some you might get second thoughts after looking at the price for these brown sugar ice cream bars!

So we decided to share this brief recipe on how to make them at home. 

Don’t worry! The process isn’t that complicated. Just a little knowledge and a bit of practice and you will have your perfect treat ready for you in the freezer whenever you crave it. 

Let’s get straight into it!


  • Silicone ice pop molds and sticks
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Rubber Spatula

If you don’t have ice pop molds at home, then you can buy them from Amazon. We recommend these molds because of their non-stick surface and high quality.

Silikomart Silicone Easy Ice Cream Bar Mold

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For the boba pearls and boba syrup:

  • ¾ cup of glutinous rice flour (plus 2 tbsp extra for working the dough) Yes, glutinous rice, not tapioca starch, as it won’t work well with cold temperatures
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp unsulphured molasses

If you are having a hard time choosing or finding Glutinous rice flour then you can buy them from Amazon. We recommend these because of the extra fine flour which is the best for preparing boba pearls.

Traditional Water Milled, Glutinous Rice Flour

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For the ice cream bars:

  • ¾ cups of sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅛ tbsp salt
  • 1 cup of cold heavy cream


Boba Syrup and Pearls

  1. Take ¼ cup of brown sugar and ¾ cup of rice flour in a heatproof bowl, and mix well.

  2. Slowly add the boiling water, mix the rice flour and brown sugar until completely smooth. There should not be any streaks of flour.

  3. Take the dough out of the bowl and put it on a clean surface. Knead the dough until it becomes soft and a bit sticky.

  4. Add 1-2 tsps of extra rice flour to an empty bowl.

  5. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Take one piece at a time and roll it on the surface to form a rope that is around ¼ inch wide. Then cut the rope into segments that are also ¼ inch long.

  6. Make balls out of the ¼ inch segments and put them in the bowl with the rice flour. Gently put all the balls in the flour to prevent sticking. Repeat the same process with the other 3  dough pieces.

  7. Now, take a saucepan and fill it with water. Boil the water over medium heat.

  8. Sift the rice flour from the balls and put them gently in the boiling water. Stir the water in the beginning so that the balls don’t stick to each other.

  9. Cook for 3 minutes and drain the boba balls.

  10. Shift the boba back to the saucepan and add the remaining brown sugar (½ cup), the molasses, and water (½ cup). Stir occasionally and cook over medium heat. Make sure the molasses become thick at the end. Cook for around 8-10 mins.

  11. After your mixture becomes a little thicker than maple syrup, transfer it to a medium bowl and refrigerate for around 1 hour. You have now finished the brown sugar boba and the boba syrup.
Tapioca Pearls for Boba bars

For the Ice Cream 

  1. You will prepare the ice cream base only after your boba pearls and boba mixture are ready.

  2. Mix the salt and condensed milk in a medium bowl and keep it aside.

  3. Whip the heavy cream in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer (or manually if you want a workout). Soft peaks should be able to form telling you it’s ready. Do not over beat!

  4. Now, fold ⅓ of the cream and put it into the salted condensed milk. Mix until incorporated, without over mixing.

  5. Put the mixed cream, condensed milk and salt  mixture into the bowl with the remaining whipped cream. Fold the mixture evenly without over mixing.

  6. Now fill the ice pop molds with 2 tbsp of the boba pearls you just created (or an appropriate amount based on the size of the molds and what you like).

  7. Drizzle with ½ tbsp of boba syrup.

  8. Fill the rest with the cream mixture, then tap the molds to remove any air bubbles.

  9. Insert the ice pop sticks and carefully keep the molds in the freezer for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight. 

Where Can I Buy Some? I’m Too Lazy To Make My Own Boba Ice Cream Bars

Surprisingly, you can find these bars on Amazon!

Xiao Mei Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars

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However, we aren’t sure that they deliver everywhere and whether it's a good idea to have ice cream delivered to you. Unless you're into ice cream soup... 

You can also try your luck with Instacard. Or you can go to the freezer section of Costco, Asian markets or H-mart and try your luck!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is boba ice cream easy to make?

Yes, you can easily make boba ice cream at home.  If I can do it, then certainly you can!

You only need to have a few ingredients, learn the procedure and start preparing this yummy recipe. 

Are there any other boba ice cream flavors?

Yes! Some examples are taro hunk, green tea and pudding boba ice cream bars! We’ll eventually write a recipe for these with different boba toppings as they can be even harder to find than the brown sugar boba ones.

Brown Sugar Milk Tea Ice Cream

Bottom Line

If you have not tried it yet, you will love these brown sugar boba ice cream bars. I would even place a bet on it! After all, you’re a boba head aren’t you?

We hope you try the recipe, it’s a fun activity to do at home with family or friends.

Well, maybe not as fun as eating it...

Let us know how you like this delicious brown sugar boba ice cream snack!

Nick loves coffee... Actually, he NEEDS coffee! So, he has dedicated his time to learning all he can about this magical bean. He can make a mean latte, is obsessed with flat whites, and is always up for a cup of java!
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