How to Make Homemade Boba (Tapioca Pearls) – DIY Brown Sugar Boba Recipe

Want to make your own homemade tapioca pearls? Today we’ll be showing how to make your very own batch of brown sugar boba (Tapioca Pearls). Tasty homemade tapioca balls sweetened with brown sugar and a simple recipe.

Video Transcript

Greetings my beautiful lovelies! It’s Emmy. Welcome back! Today’s video is sponsored by hellofresh the food delivery service that brings fresh seasonal ingredients right to your doorstep. Get started with eight free meals. That’s $80 off your first month by heading over to and using the code Emmy80. Thanks to hello fresh for sponsoring this video. And today we’re going to be making HOMEMADE BOBA Boba! Now a few of you have requested this and I first thought this is insanity Why would anyone ever make a homemade boba? but then I began to do my research and I believe I see the light. So I did my first boba recipe how to make milk tea boba recipe years ago It’s probably about four years ago now I’ll put a link to the baby..i mean video above and down below But in that video I use pre-made boba. They come in a package. They’re vacuum sealed and you just boil your boba Very very simple. Today, I’m gonna show you how to actually make those tapioca balls If you’re not familiar with boba tea, boba tea is a type of tea That was I believe invented in Taiwan and it has big tapioca pearls usually they’re kind of darker in color and they’re very chewy and bouncy and they’re in the bottom of a glass and usually topped with a milk tea. A black tea that is Sweetened and enriched with milk and you drink the tea along with the boba pearls at the bottom. So you have this kind of simultaneous Eating and drinking experience. It’s actually much more delightful than I am describing and delicious So I thought the boba craze is over, but it is not it is not. I just read an article in eater I’ll put the link down the description about a branch of tiger sugar opening up in New York So I went down the rabbit hole That is the internet to learn more about Tiger sugar Which is a chain that originated in Taiwan that makes this particular type of boba drink So it has the boba pearls, nice big ones at the bottom which they make in-house fresh Which I’m going to be attempting today, and they’re cooked at the bottom in this beautiful dark sugary syrup That syrup is coated on the inside of the plastic cup and then milk is added and then it’s topped with a slightly thickened cream on top So basically you have a Brown sugary icy milk drink with boba chewy tapioca pearls at the bottom. Sounds fantastic and visually, it’s very very striking. It’s made for Instagram that’s the reason why they call it Tiger sugar is because the sugar that lines the inside of the cup as it dissolves into the milk creates this kind of stripy tiger pattern. So at this point, in East and Southeast Asia, there are many different brands of this type of brown sugar boba, including one called Xing Fu Tang. So I’m imagining there must be some reasoning to making boba fresh like they do at Xing Fu Tang. So I’m very curious to see how the homemade version compares to the store-bought. I’m also curious to see what the brown sugar milk tastes. Like I was about to say tea but it won’t contain tea. I’m also curious to see how the brown sugar milk compares to milk tea which I love — so to compare that in my mind will be interesting and I’m also just up for the challenge of doing this. So before we get started on the recipe, let me tell you a little bit more about hellofresh. Hellofresh is a food delivery service that brings seasonal fresh ingredients and simple step-by-step recipes right to your doorstep. They make making homemade meals super easy and delicious. Hellofresh is flexible. 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So boba consists of only three ingredients: tapioca starch, brown sugar, and water. We are going to combine 60g of water; now I’m adding 45g of Muscovado sugar — and this contains lots of molasses, that’s why it has this dark, brown color –and we’re just gonna heat this up until the sugar is dissolved. Now we’re turning off the heat and now we’re going to add just a spoonful of our tapioca starch. And then once it’s combined we’re gonna turn the heat back on we’re trying to avoid lumps here So we’re gonna heat this back up until it starts to thicken and then remove it from the heat Okay, okay. Okay, off the heat. Look how its thickened. Isn’t that amazing? The remaining tapioca starch Now it looks like a lot of starch but eventually this will all combine into the dough Now we’re ready to knead now. We’re gonna use a little extra tapioca flour sprinkle our counter. At Xing Fu Tang, they use a stand mixer to actually mix this together. But since this is such a small amount, I’m just gonna knead it. It’s also what cooking tree does in their videos. Now, we’re gonna need this until everything is nicely incorporated And a little bit more tapioca if we need it This is so great, it’s so supple. Listen to that sound, isn’t that great? Now we have this beautiful dough Look isn’t that gorgeous? Look at that beautiful color. I’m gonna work with about half of it at a time Yeah, but you want to keep the other half wrapped up while we’re working with this half So we’re just gonna make snakes here and then we’re gonna cut the snakes into little pieces Now the boba will expand a little bit while we’re boiling them, so make your snakes kind of skinny This is my first time making boba by the way, so I’m certainly no expert. This is just based on what I’ve witnessed in videos. So we’ve got our snakes and now we’re going to cut our pieces as so. See how those pieces are all out Cooking tree shows a technique where you take three of them and put them in your hand and then roll all at the same time And you get three? Bobba, so I’ll be back when I’ve rolled all my boba into balls Now that I’ve rolled out and shaped my boba, I’m going to add them to a pot of boiling water Gonna stir this around Because we don’t want them to stick to each other or to the bottom of the pot So now they’re floating on their surface now, we’re gonna start the timer for 20 minutes So after 20 minutes of cooking We’re gonna turn off the heat keep them covered and let them rest for additional 20 minutes, then we can assemble our drink Alright, see ya in a bit. Now, we’ve got our boba on the side here that we’ve strained Now we’re ready to make our little brown sugar syrup. So we’re gonna heat up a pan and we’re gonna add 35 grams of Muscovado sugar Now we don’t want the heat on too high, we’re not melting this we’re just warming it up So this is the method that I saw in the Xing Fu Tang video that I watched It just warm up the brown sugar and then they add the hot freshly cooked boba Smells incredible smells like molasses, brown sugar This is sugar and sugar burns really easily so we don’t want this to burn We just want everything to be nice and melty and glorious. Oh, that’s so good Okay, so we are finally now ready to assemble our drink. Got myself a glass I’m gonna get my hot boba into my glass And roll the boba around like this and that’s what’s gonna give us our Tiger Stripes. Next, we’re gonna add some ice. Next, our milk. Now I’m just gonna top it with a little bit of slightly whipped cream on top just a little, *purses lips* you know Ahhh, look at it! The tiger stripes disappear pretty quickly, but I did manage to get them. I’m so so pleased So stinking Beautiful. Yes. Okay. So now we mix this up and doesn’t that sound great? Alrighty, let’s give this a taste. Itadakimasu! Oh my good- *inaudible sounds* They’re so good! It’s so stinkin delicious, it’s basically like ice cream You’ve got the heavy cream on top that mixes with the cold whole milk, I use whole milk So it’s rich and creamy it tastes like melted ice cream That little bit of cream floating on top mixed with the whole milk mixed with that little bit of brown sugar that we use to cook the boba and Perfect balance of sweetness. It’s actually less Sugary sweet than ice cream about the richness and sweet in the combination reminds me of ice cream. It’s absolutely wonderful and the homemade boba Absolutely marvelous. So much better actually than the typical manufactured kind. They’re more supple and more tender but still really great and chewy, but they’re not hard in the middle So it’s fun! I love it. Mmm! Absolutely love it. Delicious. I don’t miss the tea at all. Although I might miss the caffeine later So scrumptious, I love this. So if you’re curious and you’ve got the time, I would definitely encourage you to attempt this recipe Be sure to check out the original videos. I will put their links down the description box Thank you guys so much for watching and big thanks to hellofresh for sponsoring this video! Get eight free meals That’s $80 off your first month. But heading over to and use the code Emmy80. Thank you guys again for watching. 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 in the next one. Todaloo, take care B Y E ~ So good *more inaudible sounds*