What Should a Bubble Tea Starter Kit Include?

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A bubble tea starter kit should include the essential ingredients to make bubble tea at home: tea, tapioca pearls, and flavored syrup. Many kits also include paper or stainless steel bubble tea straws to accommodate the tapioca pearls. Depending on the type of boba tea you want to make, you may need additional ingredients.

What Equipment Do You Need to Make Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea requires only a few pieces of equipment. You need a way to brew the tea by boiling water in a saucepan or tea kettle. You also need a pot to cook the tapioca pearls and a large glass for serving your bubble tea.

1. Large Glass or Bubble Tea Cups

Bubble tea is best enjoyed in large glasses with a wide mouth. A 16 or 24 ounce cup are the preferred sizes for most bubble tea shops and work well when you make them at home! Just make sure your straw is the appropriate length and width for the cup you choose! One of my favorite boba cups comes with a straw included:

Anotion Mason Jar with Lid and Straw Set, 24 oz Boba Cup
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2. Tea Kettle (Stovetop or Electric)

Having a dedicated tea kettle is important for ensuring you brew your chosen tea at the right temperature. Having a clear glass kettle or tea cups can be helpful to ensure your tea reaches the desired strength and color. Electric kettles often boil water faster than stovetop models but many do not produce that wonderful whistling sound!

3. Blender

A blender is not only an amazing appliance for bubble tea, but has multiple culinary uses. A blender is the preferred way to ensure your drinks are silky smooth and if you use flavored powders, they ensure even distribution throughout your beverage.

Hamilton Beach Blender and Food Processor Combo
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4. Bubble tea straws

Bubble tea straws are basically a requirement when it comes to enjoying bubble tea with tapioca pearls. Reusable glass straws are the best type to get as you can see the tapioca pearls inside and the straw cleaner included in this kit can help ensure that the straws are clean after every use.

Renyih 10 Pcs Reusable Glass Boba Straws Set 9'' x 14mm
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5. Cocktail shaker

One of the most important tools for making bubble tea is a cocktail shaker. Not only do shakers help ensure ingredients are evenly distributed, but cool drinks rapidly when shaken with ice. Who wants to wait for ice to cool their drink when a few shakes will do the trick?

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What Ingredients Do You Need to Make Boba Tea?

Boba tea can be as simple as milk tea with boba pearls or contain fruit syrups and other add-ins.

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to make a variety of boba teas:

Usually included in a DIY bubble tea kit:

Tea: Both tea bags and loose-leaf teas work well. Many kits come with an assortment of black tea, jasmine green tea, oolong tea, Assam tea, or matcha. You can also use your favorite herbal or fruit tea to make boba tea. These teas are available at most local supermarkets.

Tapioca pearls: Boba pearls are the signature of boba tea. They are made of tapioca starch and come ready-made from many online shops. Most tapioca pearls are unflavored, though some are simmered in fruit syrup or simple syrup for a fruity, sweet taste. You can substitute popping boba or jellies for the tapioca pearls if you prefer.

Milk: Many kits include milk tea powder. Any milk will work, though. Almond milk and coconut milk are lower in carbs. Soy milk or oat milk results in creamier bubble tea. Dairy milk is also a fine choice. Some kits even combine tea and milk into a milk tea powder. When brewed, these powders create a drink that resembles a latte.

Flavored powders or syrups: These flavorings enhance boba tea but aren’t required. You can also make homemade fruit or chocolate syrup with just a few ingredients.

Not included in a bubble tea kit:

Ice: Most people prefer cold boba teas.

Sweetener: Any sweetener will work—brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, honey, or monk fruit.

Fresh fruit or fruit purees: Fruit is common in boba tea but won’t be found in kits. You can use fresh fruit to decorate and flavor bubble tea. Additionally, you can turn frozen fruit into a puree to add a fruity component to your milk tea.

Is It Easy to Make Boba Tea at Home?

Boba tea is quick and easy to make at home; most boba teas take less than 30 minutes to combine. With just a few basic ingredients, you can make popular boba drinks, such as:

If you don’t have a bubble tea straw, you can use a spoon to scoop out the tapioca pearls as you enjoy your boba tea.

Are Homemade Tapioca Pearls Difficult to Make?

Tapioca pearls are easy to make at home and require minimal ingredients. Until you perfect the recipe, you should taste the boba pearls throughout the cooking process to see which texture and cooking time you prefer.

The dough is made from tapioca starch, brown sugar, and water and then rolled into small spheres. Once cooked, they can be frozen for a few weeks or used fresh in your boba milk tea.

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Raw and cooked tapioca pearls

How Much Does It Cost to Make Bubble Tea at Home?

Bubble tea doesn’t have to be expensive. Tea, milk, and sweetener will cost around $15. Ready-made tapioca pearls average $10 per bag. So for approximately $25, you can buy all the ingredients to make multiple servings of bubble tea.

You’ll spend more if you prefer fresh fruit or chocolate in your bubble tea. Choose fruit that’s in season to get the ripest, juiciest selection. Pineapple, mango, and strawberries are easy to find in the frozen section of your favorite grocery store at any time. If you prefer lychee or taro powder, check your local Asian market for their selection.

Where Can I Buy a Bubble Tea Kit?

Bubble tea kits provide many of the ingredients in one place. Amazon has a large selection of bubble tea kits, but you can also find them at Wal-Mart and in Asian supermarkets.

Three popular kits that you can purchase right now include:

The Fusion Select kit includes bubble tea powders in mango, honeydew, taro, strawberry, and brown sugar. It also provides tapioca pearls and bubble tea straws.

The J WAY kit includes ten milk tea packets, ten brown sugar boba packets, and ten paper bubble tea straws. Milk tea flavors include taro, pineapple, brown sugar, passion fruit, and creme brulee.

Pearly Drinks sells many different flavors of bubble tea kits. Their starter bundle contains two flavors of milk tea powder. They also sell single-flavor boba tea kits if you prefer one specific flavor. Their best sellers include taro bubble tea, classic milk tea, and passion fruit tea. Their kits come with milk tea powder and ready-to-cook boba pearls.

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Sarah loves indulging in bubble tea near her home in southern Indiana. She constantly experiments with flavor combinations, but her favorite flavor is passion fruit. She enjoys experimenting in her home kitchen and hopes to one day be a pro at making her own bubble tea.

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