Taro milk tea is a delicious and refreshing milk tea variety that was first concocted in Taiwan in the 1980s. This tea is made with jasmine tea, tapioca balls, sweeteners, and taro powder. What makes taro milk tea so popular is its distinct purple color and creamy, smooth texture.
Taro’s distinctively sweet and nutty flavor makes it a popular choice for various Asian desserts and dishes. It also pairs perfectly with milk and tea and is a beautiful purple color that makes it stand out.
Feel free to customize the sweetness level in the following recipe to suit your tastes! If you’re used to full sweetness at bubble tea shops, opt for 3 tablespoons of simple syrup. I prefer 25% sweetness and only used 1 tablespoon of simple syrup.Print
Is Taro a Vegetable?
Yes, taro is a starchy root vegetable. It is commonly used as a sweet potato substitute in Asian cuisine. Taro has a more floral and nutty flavor profile than other starchy vegetables.
What Does Taro Milk Tea Taste Like?
When blended with milk and tea, this purple drink is a creamy and thick beverage with a slightly nutty taste. Many people say that taro milk tea tastes like fruity vanilla. It is also somewhat sweet with a smooth and refreshing finish.
If you prefer less sweet taro tea, you can request Taiwanese bubble tea shops to adjust the sweetness level or add less sugar syrup when making it at home. Unsweetened taro milk tea still carries a signature sweetness from the taro root itself, so you’re not missing out on any flavors by lowering the sugar.
What are the Best Taro Milk Tea Powders?
There are many different types of taro milk tea powder. Some have added sweeteners, and dyes to make them appear a darker purple color. Taro Milk Tea powder comes in both dairy and non-dairy versions. The Taro Milk Tea powder I use in the recipe video is a dairy version that can be found on Amazon. Another great option is to purchase a Taro Latte Kit which has everything you need like these kits below:
Is Taro Boba Healthy?
In its vegetable form, taro is a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. It also has bioactive molecules that help assist the body in fighting against cancer and carcinogens. Compared to traditionally-brewed milk tea, taro boba milk tea is much richer in nutrients.
How Much Sweetener Should You Add to Taro Boba Tea?
Taro straight from the root is naturally sweet and flavorful. You can enjoy sipping on taro tea without any added sugar.
However, sugar syrups are great for elevating the flavors of taro tea. If you’re making taro boba tea from scratch, we recommend adding between one and two tablespoons of simple syrup. This will give the tea a light sweetness that’s not too overpowering.
Why Are Taro Bubble Teas Different Colors?
Taro roots vary in coloration; some may be pink, others purple, and a few white. Some taro powder producers also add artificial dyes to make the taro beverage look more vividly purple.
Depending on your taro powder, your taro bubble tea may turn out in different colors. It will have a gray-purple hue if you’re determined to drink taro milk tea made from fresh taro root.