Bubble tea is commonly made from tapioca pearls so large that they need to be sucked through a super wide straw.
There are three main problems with this method that cause huge barriers when making this at home:
First, where in the world can you find those huge straws? I looked around a bit with no luck.
Second, these large tapioca pearls aren't exactly readily available at every grocery store either.
Third, I like things to be customizable, and with tapioca bubbles in every type of tea, that leaves little room for variation.
I created this alternative recipe for a fun bubble tea that uses gelatin instead of tapioca. Now, the world is your palate when coming up for innovative variations on bubble tea. Not only is there tons of gelatin flavors to choose from, you can even use unflavored gelatin and make anything you want into bubbles for your tea!
My favorite so far is this Raspberry-Lime Green Bubble Tea recipe
that I could literally drink every single day.
Making the gelatin the way they say to on the package.
I let it sit in the fridge about an hour to thicken, but don’t wait too long or it will solidify!
Using a straw, trap some of the raspberry mixture, and let it drip out into a bowl of ice water.
All of the spheres should sink, and you can easily fish out the ice. Strain these in a mesh strainer.
I just left them in a bowl in the fridge until I was ready to use them.
But it wasn’t all that much later.
The raspberry bubbles were perfect in this lime green tea. They added just enough sweetness and flavor to the drink.
The best part is you don’t need a huge straw!
More Tea RecipesDan Whalen drinks an iced lime green tea daily. He has been blogging for over 4 years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!