Craft Your Cravings: Homemade Brown Sugar Boba with Classic Milk Tea
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Craft Your Cravings: Homemade Brown Sugar Boba with Classic Milk Tea

by Duane Tassinari on Feb 13, 2024

Bubble tea, the beloved beverage known for its chewy tapioca pearls and endless flavor combinations, can be easily enjoyed at home! Today, we're diving into a popular choice: Brown Sugar Boba with Classic Milk Tea. This recipe offers a detailed guide, from perfectly cooked boba to a smooth and creamy milk tea, ensuring you achieve boba shop quality in your own kitchen.


For the Brown Sugar Boba:

    • 1/2 cup (120g) quick-cooking tapioca pearls
    • 1/3 cup (80g) brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) water

For the Classic Milk Tea:

    • 4 cups (1 litre) water
    • 2 black tea bags
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk (can substitute with other milk of choice)
    • Ice cubes

Optional Flavours:

    • Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)
    • Taro powder (1 tablespoon)
    • Matcha powder (1 tablespoon)
    • Strawberry syrup (1-2 tablespoons)


1. Make the Brown Sugar Boba:

    • In a medium saucepan, heat water over medium-high heat until boiling. Add the tapioca pearls and stir gently to prevent sticking.
    • Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 15 minutes, remove the lid and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    • While the boba simmers, prepare the brown sugar syrup. In another small saucepan, heat the brown sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly, about 3-5 minutes.
    • Turn off the heat for both the boba and brown sugar syrup.
    • Transfer the cooked tapioca pearls to a bowl and immediately add the brown sugar syrup. Stir well to coat the pearls evenly.
    • Cover the bowl and let the boba steep for at least 30 minutes, allowing the pearls to absorb the syrup and become chewy. If desired, you can store the boba in the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

2. Brew the Tea:

    • Bring the water to a boil in a kettle or saucepan. Pour the hot water into a teapot or heat-resistant container.
    • Add the tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes, depending on desired strength. Remove the tea bags.
    • While the tea steeps, heat the sugar in a separate small saucepan over medium heat until it dissolves and forms a light caramel color. Be careful not to burn the sugar.
    • Add the caramelized sugar to the brewed tea and stir until fully combined.

3. Assemble the Milk Tea:

    • Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
    • Add 1/4 cup of the cooked brown sugar boba to the glass.
    • Pour the milk tea over the boba, filling the glass about 3/4 full.
    • Add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk to the top.
    • Enjoy your homemade brown sugar boba with classic milk tea immediately!


    • Adjust the sweetness to your preference. You can add less sugar to the tea or add more brown sugar syrup to the boba.
    • Experiment with different tea flavors like oolong or jasmine.
    • Add your favorite flavors like vanilla extract, fruit syrups, or powdered flavors to the tea for a customized taste.
    • Use a wide-mouthed straw to enjoy the full experience of sipping the boba and milk tea together.


    • Use quick-cooking tapioca pearls for best results. Regular tapioca pearls require longer cooking times and different methods.
    • Be careful when handling hot sugar and water.
    • Leftover milk tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

With this detailed recipe and tips, you're well on your way to crafting delicious and refreshing boba tea at home! So grab your ingredients, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of homemade boba!

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