Boba is also known as miniature chewy balls (usually black in color) and sits at the bottom of a drink, usually tea or smoothie. Anything else you might know about Boba? Nope? Then you have come to the right place!
Today we are going to dive deep and find out all the details about Boba. Ready?
What is Boba?
The super popular and trendy drink Boba originated in tiny tea outlets or stores in Taiwan throughout the 1980s. The wide content to create Boba could be balls of gluten-free starch (tapioca) extracted from the roots of a cassava plant. The overall result is tasteless, rubbery spheres or bubbles.
Ideally, Boba goes well with bubble teas, smoothies, slushes, etc. Bubble tea starts with a tea base combined with milk (or fruit flavoring). Pour this mixture over the gluten-free black pearls, i.e. Boba.
How is Boba made?
Tapioca balls come from the root of the cassava plant. The method involves chopping the cassava root into small pieces and then boiling it for about half an hour until it becomes soft to extract the juice.
This cassava plant juice is used to create Boba or Tapioca pearls. Mix water, sugar syrup, guar gum and potassium sorbate to form a gooey caramel-colored powder. Dip Starch Balls or Bubbles (Boba) in this mixture to give the otherwise tasteless Boba Spheres a slightly sweet taste. Extract all the juice from the Boba ball, dry it in the sun, then wrap it.
Place these balls in molds of dissimilar shapes to give non-identical shapes to Boba balls. For example, to create flower-shaped Boba balls, use a flower cutter and for cube-shaped shapes, use a cube cutter.
Once the Boba Balls have taken the desired shape, store them in a container and keep them in the refrigerator for at least two days before using them in your drink.
What are the different types of Boba?
There is a wide range of Boba flavors – from fruity choices, like grape, lychee, or watermelon, to sweeter ones, like honey or chocolate. You can classify the different types of Boba into two general categories, namely Tapioca Boba and Popping Boba.
1. Tapioca Boba
Traditional Boba milk tea is served with Tapioca spheres, i.e. pearls made of starch.
The drink is often a mixture of water, milk, tea and sugar. You get a bunch of variations; however, Boba milk tea is the most common beverage available in cold and hot forms. Teahouses or cafes usually serve this drink in a very wide-mouthed plastic cup and seal it with a transparent lid.
Traditional Boba spheres sit at the bottom of your drink or cup and have a crunchy texture (imagine a combination of Jell-O and chewing gum). You can simply enjoy this drink at any time of the day or night. Most tapioca balls are black in color except for rare forms of white and transparent.
2. Bursting Boba
You can usually pair a fruit-based Boba with a wide range of toppings, the most popular being Popping Boba. It is usually made from seaweed (seaweed) extract, fruit juice, calcium compounds, and a sweetener like honey.
Popping Boba consists of edible balls filled with fruit and covered with a gel-like skin. Popping Boba oozes with a fruity flavor when popped or squeezed – hence the name!
Is Boba popular? Why?
1. Distinctive style and edible affair
First, the experience of drinking a Boba drink is one of a kind. Pierce the plastic liner of your cup with a good-mouthed straw. Then drink your Boba drink through the straw and savor the explosive or crunchy pearls sucked into your mouth. The fusion of chunky drink and chewy beads will be entirely unique to your mouth (not like drinking a slushie or smoothie)
2. Wide range of toppings and toppings
Cafes serve Boba tea (for example) with a fruit base or a milk base.
Likewise, some Boba tea flavors are unlike anything else available on the market. A few of these contrasting flavors are Milk (Original), Taro, Matcha, Honeydew, Green Apple, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Lemon, Mango, Watermelon, Lychee, Grape , peach, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi avocado, banana and coconut.
To elevate your drink even further, you can choose your own toppings like popping Boba, jelly, pudding, or red bean.
3. Aesthetic appeal (suitable for social media demonstration)
Boba drinks are very attractive and pleasing to the eye (we’ve all seen the pictures pop up!).
Boba has become highly regarded in part because many customers share it on their social media pages, proudly showing their friends how their drink stands out in the market.
People like to customize their drinks – from low-sugar qualified milk (Boba diet) to green apple and peach fusion for colorful depth. We have seen it all and even loved it. You own it; you show it, huh!
How to make Boba tea at home?
First, let’s gather all the supplies. To understand the process in this case, we use tapioca balls (you can choose your favorite filling). Buy a pack of bubble tea balls (these are readily available on Amazon).
Second, prepare with your favorite tea, your type of milk (or fruit juice) and your refined sugar (or honey). Let’s start!
I. Mix the water and tea in a small utensil and place it over high heat. Boil, turn off the heat and let the tea become normal (room temperature).
ii. Fill another utensil with water. Once it starts boiling, add the Boba balls and leave for about 15-20 minutes. However, keep checking balls every 10 minutes.
iii. Filter the water (don’t throw it away) and collect the spheres.
iv. Put these pearls in a bowl and add honey or refined sugar. Pour the recovered hot water.
v. Keep stirring the water to dissolve the sugar. Let the tapioca pearls soak in the sugar syrup for at least half an hour, then set the spheres aside.
vi. Once ready, place these pearls in your glass. Add tea, sugar syrup and ice cubes (optional). You can also add whipped cream if you prefer.
vii. Quickly stir, sit down with a straw and ENJOY!!
Is it acceptable to prepare Boba in advance?
Yes, it is normal to prepare Boba balls in advance. You can make these beads up to six weeks in advance. Once prepared, store these balls in a dry, clean and airtight container in the fridge or at room temperature. If you choose to refrigerate the Boba, their texture will become firm and crispy, so if that’s something you prefer, yum! If you buy Boba pearls from a store, store them at room temperature and in their original packaging.
Also, be sure not to cook the Boba Pearls until you plan to use them in your drink. Once you cook these balls and don’t use them within 24 hours, they become soggy and sticky and may even become inedible.
Best is to store the Boba balls in cold water or cooking syrup after cooking to maintain their texture until you decide to use them.
Our advice: Don’t risk cooking the Boba pearls until you want to use them in your drinks.
Is Boba a healthy drink?
Unfortunately, no, Boba is not a healthy drink. Although the carbs and calories found in Boba can help boost your energy levels, it actually has minimal health benefits.
Generally, Boba drinks contain a high sugar content, which in the long term or in daily consumption can lead to serious health problems such as obesity, indigestion and diabetes.
That said, you can still customize your Boba drinks. For example, ask for sugar-free or less sweet sweeteners like honey, replace heavy milk with almond milk or skim milk, and avoid overloading your drink with whipped cream. You can also opt for iced tea, green tea, or black coffee instead of whole milk and enjoy the drink stress-free!
Boba are the crunchy little black balls pushed into the bottom of your drink. One of the best things about Boba is that you can easily add it to completely different drinks like milk, tea, iced coffee, iced tea, and even smoothies and slush.
Now that you have a Boba idea, why not give it a taste and let us know your favorite Boba drink!