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These tapioca pearls (aka boba) are made with only 3 ingredients.

These tapioca pearls (aka boba) are made with only 3 ingredients. Save your money and skip a trip to the bubble tea shop with a little time and effort, you can make warm sugar boba that are soft and chewy from scratch!

Brown sugar boba pearls

  • 1/2 dark brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1 Cup tapioca starch sifted

  • Black food colouring (optional)

Brown sugar syrup

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar


  • In a small heavy bottomed sauce pot, combine water and brown sugar. Set over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

  • Reduce heat to low. Add half of tapioca starch. Use a sturdy spatula to quickly incorporate starch into hot liquid. Add remaining half of tapioca starch. Stir and fold mixture together in pot until dough forms

  • On a clean surface roll out the dough into an even thickness using a pizza cutter cut strips in both directions to form squares.

  • Place the small pieces from the dough and then ball them up in your palm. Repeat until you’re finished with all of the dough.

  • Place balls in tapioca flour to get them coated then using a sifter. Let them dry for 4 hours.

The second part is to cook the boba pearls in a sugar syrup.

  • In a clean saucepan, add the brown sugar/s and water. Cook over medium heat while stirring with a spoon to dissolve the sugar, and then bring it to a boil

  • Add the tapioca pearls to the boiling sugary water and let it cook for 8-10 minutes or longer until the desired consistency (soft or chewy) is achieved. They will also become darker as they cook.

  • Remove from heat and let it rest for a few minutes. They will shrink back to the original size and will turn black at this point.

  • Transfer tapioca pearls into a bowl with a little water to prevent them from sticking together.

  • The tapioca pearls are best used while warm.

Mango slush with tapioca pearls


  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ⅓ cup tapioca pearls


  • Spoon warm brown sugar boba into serving glass.

  • Add the mango, water, and sugar to a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.

  • Pour mango smoothie into the boba cup, Stir with a wide-opening straw and enjoy!


  • Cover the cut up pieces with plastic wrap, and take one portion out at a time and roll it into little balls.

  • Store them in air-tight containers, and freeze for later. Dried and frozen can be stored in the freezer for up 6 months

  • Cooked boba pearls can also be stored in the fridge for a few days. Just store them in the sugar syrup in a glass jar to prevent them from sticking to each other.

  • The texture of the dough should be smooth, and not too sticky. If it’s a very wet dough, you can sprinkle some extra tapioca starch to make it.

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