How To Make Bubble Tea At Home

I have always been a big advocate of making bubble tea at home. Bubble tea is one of my favorite drinks but I try to limit how much of it I get because it is so expensive nowadays here! After making it for the first time a couple of years ago, I was astounded at the markup price when I realized how easy it was the make it!


Buying a medium-sized cup of bubble tea costs about five dollars at most bubble tea shops in the United States. On the other hand, I’ve found that making bubble tea at home requires about a dollar worth of material, give or take depending on where you source your tapioca from. I treat bubble tea like I do coffee. I think that once in a while it is okay to go and buy it for convenience or if I’m craving a flavor I cannot replicate at home, but it’s much cheaper to make it at home most of the time. If you make your own coffee from home to save money, there is no excuse for buying five dollar bubble tea drinks!



  • Raw tapioca balls (the bubbles!)
  • Milk
  • Black tea
  • Brown sugar


  • Stove
  • 3 pots (1 large, 2 medium or small is ideal)
  • Water Boiler (Optional)
  • Large Spoon (or anything to stir the bubbles)


  1. In one of your smaller pots, boil water in a pot on high heat
  2. Pour your uncooked tapioca balls into the pot of boiling water
  3. Stir until the balls are floating
  4. Cook floating balls for about 8 minutes
  5. In the other small pot, pour about the same volume of water as there are bubbles
  6. Pour brown sugar into the water and bring to a boil
  7. Scoop out the cooked tapioca balls
  8. Put tapioca into the pot of brown sugar syrup
  9. Bring sugar/tapioca to a slight simmer
  10. Now your tapioca bubbles are done! You can eat them throughout the day and share them with friends and family for a few hours. Do not store in the refrigerator, they will get hard.


  1. Boil enough water for a large pot (Note: I’ve found that boiling the water in a water boiler is faster than on the stove in a pot. I typically boil the water in my electric kettle and then transfer it to the big pot).
  2. Put the tea bags into the hot water
  3. Add milk (to taste)
  4. Add sugar (to taste)
  5. Chill until cool in the refrigerator for cold bubble tea


  1. Put bubbles in your cup of choice
  2. Pour the milk tea over the bubbles
  3. Enjoy hot or cold!

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