Love bubble drinks or would like to try them…but need a dairy-free option?
Boba tea, boba coffee, boba smoothies, boba milk.
These are so good and are becoming more and more popular at coffee shops.
We’ll show you how to make your own at home, dairy-free, in just 3 minutes!
I first heard about bubble tea while working an event in a college town one summer.
We gifted a bunch of teen helpers coffee shop gift cards,
and I had to ask one of the moms why all the teens loved the coffee shop so much.
Her answer? Bubble tea!
Ahhhh, I just shook my head like I knew what she was talking about.
But truly, bubbles? Tea? I had no idea and didn’t ask.
Fast forward, a new rolled ice cream shop came to my own town.
And when I saw bubble boba tea on the menu, I flashed back to my time spent in that college town.
So I ordered one to try!
Needless to say, it was love at first tip.
Such an unusual drink and taste…but I loved it!
Sweet, milky, cold, refreshing, filling.
Chewy bubbles in the bottom? Yes! That, too.
But don’t knock it til you try it.
WHAT IS BOBA
Boba originated in Taiwan and is made from the ground cassava root.
It’s tapioca starch boiled, formed into small chewy balls.
Oftentimes referred to as bubbles, it can be added to drinks like tea, coffee, milk, and smoothies.
Boba bubbles settle at the bottom of drinks and require large straws to pull them from the bottom of the cup as you sip.
They should be chewed well before swallowing.
And you should use caution when allowing children to consume boba as it can be a choking hazard.
WHAT IS BUBBLE TEA
All the bubble teas I have had are made with cold tea and milk.
Flavoring can also be added like fruity syrups or brown sugar syrup.
Even though my favorite bubble tea is refreshingly cold, it rarely has ice or much ice.
Of course the bubbles sit at the bottom, and it takes a wide smoothie straw to draw them up.
It may sound weird, but those chewy tapioca bubbles are so good in these drinks.
Chew them well before swallowing. And be careful not to slurp them right down your throat.
IS THERE AN EASY WAY TO MAKE BUBBLE TEA AT HOME
Now there is!
While brown sugar bubble teas were costing me about six dollars a pop at the local rolled ice cream shop,
I can now make them at home for about one dollar each!
And it tastes just like what I buy at the shop.
When I first looked into making this at home…
I thought it would entail cooking my own tapioca, and I was quite intimidated.
But then hubby found these INSTANT packs of boba at our club grocery store.
Three cheers for hubby!
These instant packs are so easy.
And they come in my favorite flavor, brown sugar.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE INSTANT BUBBLE DRINKS AT HOME
- Empty the boba contents into a drinking glass
- Heat for one minute in the microwave
- Add a few ice cubes and stir until ice nearly melts
- Add one cup of your favorite cold drink
See our quick video in this post!
That’s right, these instant boba packs just need heated for one minute, and you’re ready to go.
Here are some ways we make instant brown sugar bubble drinks at our house.
BROWN SUGAR BOBA DRINK OPTIONS
- 1 cup favorite dairy-free milk, cold
- 1/2 cup cold brew coffee, 1/2 cup cold dairy-free milk
- 3/4 cup cold black tea, 1/4 cup cold dairy-free milk
I’ve always seen bubble drinks as milky so I drink my boba with cold milky coffee or cold milky tea.
When I serve this to my kids, they just use their favorite dairy-free milk to make what we call boba milk.
Boba milk, boba tea, boba cofee. You decide!
ARE BUBBLE DRINKS GOOD FOR YOU
From what I can gather, these yummy drinks are more for pleasure than for health.
Our packets of instant boba are 110 calories, not including the milk we add.
So perhaps consider these more like drinking hot chocolate or lattes.
Filling milk and fun…but calories and little nutrition.
Therefore, drink as an occasional treat or in moderation.
NOW, it’s time to show these great instant boba packs we found!
INSTANT BOBA PACKS
These are marked as gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. See the label below.
That means these are perfect for milk and nut allergies at my house!
And my kids are fans.
One kiddo drinks these with cold almond milk.
The other drinks them with cold oat milk.
This box comes with 12 packs so you can perfect your boba drink making skills and share with friends!
Twelve wide disposal smoothie straws are also included in the box. They even have one slanted edge to pick up those bubbles well.
FLAVORS – We’ve only found the brown sugar, but our readers also say fruity has been spotted.
STORES – We find these at Sam’s and our readers say Costco has instant boba, too.
If you’ve seen instant boba in other flavors or other stores, let us know in the comments!
PLEASE NOTE: Here at Milk Allergy Mom, we simply share products that work for our family. Please consult your own doctor before trying food, supplements, or other products. Also read all labels and call companies for the latest, most accurate product information.
Now here’s the label on our box.
Always double-check labels, though, because ingredients can change!
And we don’t call companies. So do that if you need to before consuming.
If you’ve had bubble drinks out and about and would love to save money making them yourself,
this instant boba may be a great option for you.
If you’ve never had bubble drinks, it may be fun to finally give boba a try!
Here are more of our favorite food finds at the club store for your shopping convenience.
Hope you get to try your own bubble drinks at home now!
Leave a comment with anymore helpful boba info you may have to share, we’d love to hear.