While they might look perplexing at the bottom of your bubble tea, learning how to make tapioca pearls is simple. These gluten-free tapioca pearls use minimal ingredients. You can make them plain white, light brown, traditional black, or any other color you desire.
Not only is making homemade boba fun, but it’s also cheap and easy! This is one of the simplest homemade tapioca pearl recipes you can find. It uses only two to three ingredients, is highly customizable, and is delicious.Print
How to Make Colorful Homemade Tapioca Pearls
You can make colorful boba or black tapioca pearls with a few different ingredients. The most common elements used to change the colors include:
The process depends on whether you are making the pearls from scratch or using store-bought dried tapioca pearls.
If you are making them from scratch, you can mix the colorant with the tapioca starch. Typically, for a powder colorant, 1.4 grams (1/4 of a teaspoon) is plenty. If you want to color to be more vibrant, add more.
From here, you can refer back to the process listed above and continue.
If you have dried tapioca pearls, you will need to follow the package directions. After straining the pearls and running cold water over them, put them in a bowl. If you plan to make multiple colors, you’ll need various bowls.
Add one to two drops of liquid or gel food coloring to the pearls and stir them. Give the coloring approximately 15 minutes to sink in, and then rinse the pearls under cold water. Once they are dry, they are ready to be added to your bubble tea.
Can You Make Tapioca Pearls Without Tapioca Starch?
Most chefs consider Tapioca starch and tapioca flour to be the same ingredient. It is derived from the cassava plant. To substitute this ingredient when making tapioca pearls, you can use cornstarch, arrowroot powder, or potato starch.
How to Store Tapioca Pearls
You can leave cooked tapioca pearls at room temperature for four hours. If you store them in the refrigerator, keeping them in their syrup is best. Without the syrup, they will become dehydrated quickly. The pearls will last for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge.
A ziplock (with no excess air) is ideal for freezing cooped tapioca pearls. Place the bag flat in the freezer. Here, the pearls will last for a few months. When you defrost them, they likely won’t be as sweet. You might consider tossing them in a brown sugar syrup or maple syrup bath again.
According to the package, uncooked tapioca pearls (from the grocery store) can last up to 12 months. Once you have opened the product, keep it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.