Easy Boba Milk Tea You Can Make at Home

Learning how to make bubble, boba or pearl milk tea at home is one of the easiest recipes we learned to make while self-quarantining in 2020. My kids love boba milk tea and learning how to make this easy Boba Milk Tea recipe in bulk was a great at-home activity. And, trust me—your kids will love you for it.

Easy Boba Milk Tea

My teens are boba addicts, spending at least $40-$50 a week on at least 2 drinks at $5 each!  Now that we all have to cut back our dining out expenses, their budget is more like $30 a month.  

My daughter told me, “I can make boba for a month for $30, so I asked her to prove it, and she did! 🙂

Here are the items we purchased from Amazon online and the cost;

What You Need to Make Easy Boba Milk Tea

The total to order it all (free shipping, due to Amazon Prime) was $25.25, without the half and half, which was about $2.50. With this order, you’ll get around 1-2 boba drinks a week for a month. So we ended up ordering more boba in the end, making the total to just over $30.

Easy Boba Milk Tea

We looked at a few recipes and modified it to include decaffeinated tea and a Truvia, instead of brown sugar to make it a bit more kid-friendly.

Here’s our kid-friendly home-made recipe for Easy Boba Milk Tea, we hope you enjoy it!

Easy Boba Milk Tea for Kids

This recipe has has been adapted for kids (caffine free)

Course Drinks
Cuisine Taiwanese
Keyword Boba Tea, Bubble Tea, Easy Boba Tea
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Author Wendy Awai-Dakroub


  • 2 cups Water
  • 4 each Decaffeinated black tea bags
  • 3 cups Hot water
  • ½ cup Medium black tapioca pearls (Boba) 1 cup if you really like boba!
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1/4 cup if you want it less sweet
  • 1/3 cup Hot water to dissolve brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Half & Half divide between drinks


  1. Prepare the Tea

    In a small pot over high heat, combine 2 cups water and 4 tea bags.

    Bring to a boil, then remove pot from heat to let tea cool to room temperature.

    Prepare the Boba

    In a medium pot boil 3 cups of water, add 1/2 cup boba, stirring occassionally until boba softens, around 10 minutes.

    Drain boba through a strainer, side aside.

    Prepare Syrup

    In a medium bowl, add 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1/3 cup hot water, stir until dissolved.

    Add boba into brown sugar syrup, allow to sit for at least 15 minutes.

    Assemble the Boba Tea

    Divide the boba that has been soaked in brown sugar syrup between 2 glasses.

    Pour 1 cup of tea into each glass and divide 1/4 cup of half and half equally into each glass.

    Add ice to chill further.

    Stir with a wide-opening straw.

    Serve cold.

Recipe Notes


  • Everyone loves their boba a different way, so make adjustments where you see fit. This is my Jaffer’s favorite version, Leah adds another 1/4 cup of half and half because she likes it more milky.

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