Boba is taking over TikTok, and it’s easy to see why. The colorful tapioca pearl-filled drinks are aesthetically pleasing and fun to eat! Boba — which originated in Taiwan — can actually refer to the drink in its entirety as well as the little balls themselves, which are made from cassava starch.
The drink in its most basic form is made up of black tea, milk, ice and the chewy bubbles. It all gets stirred together and served with a wide straw to accommodate the tapioca beads at the bottom. Boba can also be called bubble tea, pearl tea and tapioca tea. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious! Now that the basics are out of the way, here are five ways to up your boba game.
If there’s one thing boba has down pat, it’s #aesthetic. This fresh and fruity pink pineapple boba is a feast for your eyes and taste buds. TikTok user @feedmeimei made her own bubbles out of the bright fruit and poured them into an adorable carton-shaped glass.
The fluffy texture of whipped coffee is a match made in heaven for boba’s bouncy balls. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to start your day.
The cool thing about boba is that you can make it look however you want. This gaming fan chose to make her boba in the shape of Kirby and stars. She even made the drink look like clouds in the sky so that the Kirby tapioca balls could fly. Imagination knows no bounds!
Boba is all about texture, so this wiggly boba jelly really ups the ante. Just cook your whole boba drink with some agar-agar or gelatin for five minutes. Then pour the bubble tea back into your cup and refrigerate for three hours. Once chilled, turn your cup upside-down, and you’ve got your very own wiggly boba pudding tower!
If you’ve been feeling iffy about boba, this one should sweeten the deal. Brown sugar boba is becoming an increasingly popular flavor and is made in a few different styles, including one with a torched crispy top.
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