Had fun making bubble tea for my niece and nephew!
To make the tapioca pearls/pearls: When making the tapioca pearls, which are the chief ingredient in Asian bubble teas, please note that the pearls expand considerably when cooked. Please ensure that you use a large pot. (As a rule, the more pearls cooked, the more water should be used: that is, the water to pearl ratio must be higher).
Boil the water. Add the pearls to the boiling water and boil for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the pearls are not sticking to each other or to the pot. Turn off heat and let the pearls steep in the water for another 30 minutes with the lid of the cooking pot on.
Drain the tapioca pearls and rinse with cold water to cool them down. Make sure that the pearls are covered. Stir the pearls well. The pearls are now ready to put into the tea
1/2 cup dried black boba pearls
1 cup honey or 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 cup brown sugar
3 black tea bags
2 cups milk or almond milk or a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk (to taste)
Any additional flavorings such as syrups, frozen fruits (to be blended like a smoothie), flavored powders, or extracts