Bubble tea has become increasingly popular over the last few years. And it just so happens to be my all-time favorite mall treat. I first had it a few years ago in China Town in Montreal and fell in love. The problem was when I came back from vacation and couldn’t find it anywhere – and I checked everywhere! Back then this delightful drink hadn’t really caught on in my city or even state.
And then one glorious day I was strolling through my local mall and stumbled upon this new little shop called What a Waffle. The guy at the counter asked if I wanted a sample and offered me a crisp and airy looking waffle piece topped with a strawberry and whipped cream. How could I say no? And as I was reaching for that tasty treat, I happened to look up at the menu and Oh. My. Goodness. It was like a voice from the Heavens was singing “Alleluia.”
Bubble Tea. Amazing. Simply amazing. And so much better than the type I had first tried in Canada.
One taste is all it took. (That and the frequent buyer card that gives you a stamp every time you buy a drink and a free one after you reach 10.) I’m not telling how many free ones I’ve gotten in the last year, but I know it was more than 3. Clearly, I have a problem.
Well, after I realized how much money I was spending on this special treat (about $5 each), I decided to see if I could make it at home. After a few quick searches on Amazon and Pinterest, I found out that for just about the cost of 3 mall bubble teas, I could buy the ingredients to make at least 15 at home. That sounds like a win to me!
And the best part is that it’s super simple, fun, and fast. In just a few minutes you can be sipping a healthy bubble tea and be in your glory. I know I was.
So do yourself a favor and try this recipe for Strawberry Taro Bubble Tea. You can sub out ingredients to your heart’s content, but the basic premise is still there. (This recipe is actually more of a smoothie and does not contain actual tea, but feel free to add your favorite flavor tea to boost the taste.) I hope you enjoy it!
[As in most of my recipes I use all natural ingredients like flash frozen strawberries and almond milk. There are several types of powders and tapioca or boba pearls that you can purchase from Amazon or other retailers. If you have any allergies, I suggest that you do some research before following this or any recipe that might contain traces of allergens.]