Bubble Tea Tapioca Pearls

Our Bubble Tea Tapioca Pearls are the authentic treat you’re looking for. They are exotic, aromatic, light and fresh with a perfect full-bodied chew. Made of tapioca pearls, these bubble tea pearls are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle–not at all like the little balls found in retail bubble tea. Use our Bubble Tea Tapioca Pearls to make authentic bubble tea drinks or just enjoy them by themselves!

Video Transcript

♪ Smart, smart, smart, smart, smart ♪ ♪ Face face ♪ – Greetings, my beautiful lovelies. It’s Emmy and welcome back. Today I’m gonna be making homemade boba. Boba are those little tapioca pearls. You can find them in those lovely sweetened drinks. Sometimes they contain tea, sometimes they contain milk, but they always contain those beautiful chewy balls of tapioca that create an experience that you’re kind of simultaneously eating and drinking. It sounds kinda nutsy but it’s amazing. Now a few months back, actually probably more like six months ago, I made a recipe for homemade boba. It was inspired by Cooking Tree. And in that video, I made the boba and I rolled them by hand which ended up being a very arduous process. It took a long time. Like, “Oh, it’ll be fine,” and it was fine, but it took a long time. And in the comments, a few of you mentioned that there might be a better and faster way. So in my research, I discovered this antique that was used to make pills that were ball-shaped. It was, basically you had a dough of the medication that you were making and you made a snake and used the machine to roll perfect little spheres of medicine. So then I fell down the hole that is the internet and I discovered carp bait. – [Man] What? – Carp Bait. Carp meaning fish. So from my understanding, the sport of carp fishing is mostly centralized in the UK. And one of the favorite baits that are used are something called boilies, which are homemade carp bait that are made using this tool. Which looks a lot like that old antique tool that I found, but this of course is made with modern materials all in plastic. So I purchased this online. It’s made by the Gardner company and it’s called a Rolaball Longbase. Quite a name, right? There’s two pieces. You take a strip of dough and place it there. You put this on top and then you roll it like this and then it will roll a bunch of balls at the same time. They should be perfectly round and you can get how many? One, two, four, six, eight, 10, 12. 12 times as fast. Now I was super happy with the results of the boba recipe from last time, so I’m gonna be using it again today. If you wanna see the original video, I will put a link down below. Okay, let’s make this. Now if you see little black dots moving around this wall or in the corner or on me or around, those are ants. I have carpenter ants in my space, but. They are harmless. Well, they’re probably chewing on wood, which is probably not a great thing, but yeah. We’ll see if we can co-exist with the ants. If not, we might have to sprinkle cinnamon. I’ve heard cinnamon works. Do you have any tips, tricks, to keep ants away without, you know, poisoning myself and my environment? Let me know down in the comments. All right. A little bit of a tangent. So, we’re gonna need three ingredients to make boba. We’re gonna need some muscovado sugar. We’re gonna need some tapioca powder and some water. Oh, we’re also gonna need some flame. So, let’s get some flame into here. We’re going to take 60 grams of water. Foop. Heat that up. Along with 45 grams of muscovado sugar. Now we need a spatula. Right here. Oh boy. And we’re just gonna dissolve that into, (metal clanks) we’re gonna dissolve that into a syrup. Now we’re gonna turn off the heat and now we have 90 grams of tapioca flour. A teaspoon of that right into the hot syrup. And this is to help prevent lumping. So we’re gonna add a little bit of that in first before we turn on the heat again. And we’re gonna cook this until it’s thickened. It’s like a glue. Take that off the heat. I’m gonna add the remaining tapioca flour and stir that in. Initially when you do this, it looks like there’s gonna be too much starch. But the last time I made it, it all incorporated in. Empty it onto our surface here. Now we’re just gonna knead all the tapioca flour into there. And get out any kind of lumps. Oh this is such a pleasure. It gets so smooth and so warm. I love it. So, I’m gonna reserve half and put it into a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out. Now the part that I’ve been waiting for. Let’s see if the bait maker will work. (screams) So excited about this. Okay. Meanwhile, I’m gonna get some water boiling behind me so we can cook these once we’re done. So we’re gonna place the strip of dough right here. Place this right on top. Press down and roll. (spring boinging) Uh-oh. Press down and roll. (plastic scraping) I got one! (laughs) Aw. Let’s try that again and dust it with a little bit of tapioca flour. I think my snake was a little too thin. ‘Cause they’re not really touching. They’re not quite big enough. (plastic scraping) Oh, it’s working! It’s working, it’s working, it’s working. Two. Okay, okay. So, I think what I have to do is make my snake a little bit fatter so that the dough actually touches the pieces of the equipment here. All right. Yes! So once we figured this all out, this does indeed work. So, what we need to do is make sure the snake isn’t so narrow. So instead of going for 12, I’m gonna go for 10. And put the snake in the middle. All right, here we go. Push down and roll. Am I getting boba yet? No! (chuckles) Now let’s try dusting it. Now let’s try rolling them. Here we go. It’s not really working here, friends. Oh no. That first time it worked better. Now I think I made them too fat. So, I think at this point, I have plenty of starch on my tool. So let’s remove some of the starch. Maybe that’s part of the problem. Yeah. Ready, here we go. Push that on. That first one worked. Why isn’t the other ones working? It looks like this is a case where using a tool for something else for something else (laughs) is mostly a fail rather than a success. But it does do it faster. Is it more convenient? I’m not exactly sure, so. Some of these are perfect. Look at that, it just rolls off perfectly. That’s satisfying. Maybe this’ll be the one. Ready? Not really. I think I figured something out. I think I had too much starch on my little rolly ball machine. That’s why the first batch worked best. In terms of getting the right diameter for my machine, place the dough in there, take this, give it a good press. And that will give me the diameter. Place it in here. Take the top. Press and roll. Yes! Got it! (sighs) That feels so good. Almost every single one. There you have it! Boba, yes! So, it wasn’t a fault of the machine. It’s just a matter of trying to figure out what’s going on here in terms of consistency with our dough. But, it does work. So pleased. ‘Cause I thought this was gonna be a failure and it’s not. It’s not. So this machine also comes in different diameters. I was only able to get the 12 millimeter and based on this, I think they should be a little bit smaller than this. So, just for your own information. I’m gonna go ahead and make the rest of these and then we will cook these up. Yeah, so excited! (light music) All righty, my lovelies. I am back. I’ve already cooked my boba. It is very simple to do that. You can bring a small saucepan of water up to the boil. Dump your shaped balls in and they’re going to sink to the bottom. Now resist the urge to nudge them because they’re very squishy at this point and you want your boba to be round. So the boba will come to the surface. And once they come to the surface, you’re gonna set your timer for 20 minutes. Then you’re gonna reduce the heat and just allow these to simmer for 20 minutes and then turn off the heat and let them sit for 20 minutes in the cooking liquid. Okay, so now we are at the point in which we are going to make our syrup. We’re gonna add 75 grams of Muscovado sugar. Into that we’re going to add our cooked boba. Look at these, they look amazing. Look at that! Don’t they look great? These are so much bigger than the ones I made last time. But they’re all the same size, which is great. I’m so glad that this work out. I was about to call this experiment a wash, but it’s just a matter of learning how to use the tool. Now, all we’re gonna do is just dissolve the sugar. That’s all we’re doing. This is looking great! (light music) So syrup is made. So this time around, I have larger boba so I’m gonna use a larger glass. Gonna place some of our beautiful boba into my glass. So spin the glass all around. Next, we’re gonna add some ice. Not that piece of ice. (chuckles) (glass clinking) Now we’re gonna top it with some milk. Oh yeah, that’s beautiful. And then just to make it extra decadent, gonna add a little bit of heavy cream. Boop. Last time I whipped the heavy cream up, but I found that it’s not really necessary. There you have it. A beautiful boba drink made with a bait maker. (laughs) Yay! It worked. All righty. The time has come to finally taste the fruits of my labor. We have the brown sugar boba made with a fish bait maker. Let’s give it a go. I’m gonna stir everything together. Make sure that the brown sugar gets incorporated into that. Itadakimasu! They still fit up the straw. Yes, haha! Mm. So good. Mhmm. This is so stinkin’ good. So it reminds me of ice cream, but is a little bit lighter than ice cream, but it has that lovely dairy richness that I associate with ice cream. It’s of course thinner in consistency. It’s not frozen. It’s not like a milkshake where it’s really thick. But you get that wonderful pleasure of cream and milk and sugar combined with the chewy bounciness of boba, which are absolutely delightful. The homemade versions I think are so much more superior than the manufactured ones. They still have a nice chew to them, but they’re softer and more tender. Slightly warm because we had it in the syrup. It’s just so good. Mhmm. The homemade boba not only have a better texture, being soft and bouncy, yet supple and smooth, but they’re slightly sweeter and they just taste really caramelized in molasses. They have a lovely flavor. Be sure to check out my other boba recipes. I have one for milk tea. I have one for a matcha and I also have another one for the homemade boba as well if you don’t have the bait maker. Mm, mm, mm. I hope you guys enjoyed that one. I hope you guys learned something. Please share this video with your friends. Follow me on social media, like this video, subscribe and I shall see you in the next one. Toodaloo, take care. Bye. (Emmy belches) I don’t know where they come from, peeps. I really don’t. (light music) Wow.