What Is Golden Boba and How to Make It?

Updated on: December 1, 2023
Author: Nick
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Are you a fan of bubble tea? If yes, then I am sure you are familiar with boba pearls, and in particular Golden Boba! 

If not, then keep reading to learn more about it...

Some people refer to boba pearls as bubbles, which sit at the bottom of the tea. These bubbles, or boba pearls, are made of tapioca and are often flavored, adding a new dimension to your bubble tea. 

There are many types of boba that can be infused with different kinds of flavors. 

People are getting more and more acquainted with the huge variety of resulting boba tea flavors and different types of boba pearls

But there are still so many, we bet you don’t know about all of them.

Here we will discuss golden boba and how you can make some from the comfort of your own home!

Let’s get straight into it! 

What is Golden Boba?

Golden boba is a type of tapioca pearl that is flavored. Tapioca pearls are naturally clear boba but can be infused with different flavors, giving them different colors. 

Golden boba is infused with honey, which gives them a golden color. Sometimes though some producers simply add coloring to the tapioca boba pearls to make them appear golden, without adding honey flavoring to the clear boba.

Another example of flavored boba would be brown or black boba. These are infused with brown sugar, giving them a darker brown color.

By the way, by using boba in this context we mean the boba pearls, which are an essential component of bubble tea. However, people sometimes refer to bubble tea as simply boba, or boba tea. 

This creates great confusion, so make sure to learn more about this in our bubble tea vs boba post!

Regular Boba Bubble Tea

What Does Golden Boba Taste Like?

Golden boba is sweet, tastes like honey, and is chewy!

However, once added to your bubble tea, the golden boba results in a well-balanced drink.  The tea and creaminess of the milk blend well with the sweetness of the golden boba pearls.

That is unless you have a sweet tooth and opt-out of adding even more sugar! 

Which we recommend doing only once in a blue moon as added sugar is not so healthy!

How To Make Golden Boba At Home?

Are you thinking about making golden boba at home? 

Well, you’re in luck! Your wishes are my command! 

Follow this recipe and make your favorite bubble tea at home. The recipe is for five servings, so prepare yours accordingly.


Boba Pearls

  • 1 cup tapioca starch, + 2 tbsp for adjusting and coating
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey

Honey Syrup

  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup water


To make the boba pearls 

  1. Take a small pot. Heat the water and dissolve the sugar and honey over low heat. 

  2. Once dissolved and boiling, add ½ of the tapioca starch and mix it quickly. 

  3. Turn off the heat, and add the remaining tapioca starch. Mix quickly and well.

  4. Place some tapioca flour on a flat board, then knead the dough. 

  5. Continue kneading the dough until smooth. 

  6. Divide the dough into small portions. 

  7. Take one portion and shape the dough into a long strip of about 1.5 cm in diameter. 

  8. Cut the log into small cubes.

  9. With the help of your hands, round the small cubes into small balls. (You will have to be a little patient here, this is the most tedious step)

  10. Take a large plate, sprinkle some tapioca flour on it, and coat the balls with it. This is to avoid the tapioca pearls from sticking to each other)

  11. Put the pearls in a package in an air-tight container or bags and put them in the freezer. 
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Make the Honey Syrup 

  1. Take a pot and melt the brown sugar with ⅓ cup of water
  2. Heat the mixture until it boils with large bubbles. 
  3. Turn off the heat and let it cool down a bit. Add the honey and stir.
  4. If it’s too thick, then add the remaining water bit by bit until you get a creamy consistency.

Cook the Boba Pearls

  1. Take a large pot and fill it with water. Bring it to a boil.
    NOTE: There should be plenty of water to cover the clear boba pearls and leave them space to move around. 
  2. Add the tapioca pearls you need for this serving. Cook the pearls for 20 to 30 minutes. 
  3. Transfer the cooked boba into cold water, and wash with cold running water.
  4. Then add the pearls to the honey syrup. This will add further flavor, help preserve them and prevent them from sticking to each other.

You can store any remaining pearls that you added to the honey syrup in the fridge (perhaps a boba mini fridge would be best!) for a few days and for your next bubble tea drink or smoothies creation! 

Tapioca Pearls Menu
Bubble Tea Smoothies

I’m Too Lazy To Make My Own Golden Boba; Where Can I Buy Them? 

Are you a lazy bear? Don’t worry! We are here to help you out! Making boba pearls from scratch is time-consuming! 

If you do not have time to prepare golden boba pearls at home on your own, We recommend you buy it from Amazon and have it delivered right to your doorstep. 

If you are a boba-lover on a budget, then this is the most appropriate product for you!  

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find honey-flavored golden boba, so we recommend you infuse them with the honey syrup recipe mentioned above for a few hours, as this golden boba is flavorless...

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between golden boba and crystal boba?

Golden boba is a type of tapioca pearl which is chewy and tastes like honey. Crystal boba is made of konjac instead of tapioca, which means a more bouncy and gelatinous texture.

What is the difference between golden and black boba?

Golden and black boba are types of flavored tapioca pearls. The black color in the black boba is created by adding caramel coloring or brown sugar, whereas golden boba is honey-flavored, giving them a golden color. 

However, some people might add coloring agents in the golden boba for aesthetic purposes only. 

Is Golden boba vegan?

No, it’s not. The boba itself does not have gelatin. This is because tapioca balls are made of tapioca starch, and the tapioca starch comes from the cassava root. However, honey is not vegan! You could opt to use maple syrup instead; however, maple syrup in some cases is not vegan either! 

Whether boba is vegan or not is a nuanced question that depends on which boba toppings you choose from.

Clear Boba Bubble Tea

Bottom Line

This is all that you need to know about golden boba. With these simple and easy steps, you can easily make golden boba at home or just buy it online!

I hope you found this article helpful and that you enjoyed learning about golden boba. 

Also, check out some more boba tea flavors and reusable boba cups

These include classic milk tea, honeydew milk tea, jasmine milk tea, and taro milk tea!

Let us know in the comments how well the recipe worked out for you. 

Happy bobbing!

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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