Sweet, rich, and creamy, this taro milk tea is the perfect drink for a relaxing afternoon, no matter the season. The taro flavor pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the milk and the sweetness from the boba soaked in the sugar syrup.
As you probably noticed from the past weeks, I became such a fan of bubble teas! That’s mostly because they are so beautiful!!! Now, let’s be honest: milk teas with boba are some fancy drinks that everyone’s mad about lately. So, here is one extra recipe for you to enjoy!
Taro Milk Tea FAQ
Before we start preparing the milk tea, I think it’s essential to understand some things about this purple drink. You already know that I love to stay informed, so here are some basics about ground taro and this purple bubble tea we will make together.
What Is Taro Bubble Tea Made Of?
Taro Milk Tea is made from a combination of taro powder or ground taro root, jasmine tea, milk, sugar syrup, and tapioca pearls.
Taro is one of the most popular boba tea flavors worldwide, not just because of its beautiful purple color. It is a starchy root vegetable, like a potato. However, it has a very sweet taste, with a slight hint of vanilla. So, just imagine how nice it pairs with the creaminess of the milk and the extra sweetness from the sugar syrup!
Does Taro Milk Tea Have Caffeine?
Because of the jasmine green tea in this recipe, the taro milk tea does contain caffeine. Even though the amount of caffeine is far less than that from a regular cup of coffee, some people would prefer their tea decaffeinated.
So, for those times when you prefer a chill drink, try to find caffeine-free green tea. Many brands on the Internet offer green and even black tea options for people who prefer no caffeine in their drinks. Also, you can try to replace the tea with milk and have a milky taro bubble drink.
What’s the Difference Between Instant Powder and Ground Taro Paste?
Taro milk tea made with instant taro powder is usually more watery, and it has a more vibrant purple color because food coloring is added. However, the drink tends to taste more fragrant than the one made with fresh ground taro paste.
On the other hand, bubble teas made with fresh ground paste will typically have a thicker consistency. Moreover, they are mildly sweet and fragrant, and the color is usually a light purple hue.
How to Make Taro Bubble Tea
Now, I think we are more than prepared to start preparing this taro milk tea. You just have to follow the ingredient list and the step-by-step recipe below. Don’t worry: even though it takes a little time to prepare it, the steps are quite easy, and the ingredients list is super affordable for how amazing the drink actually looks. So, bear with me!
What You Need to Make Taro Boba Tea
- 1 green tea bag (Feel free to use your favorite type of green tea. I went for jasmine tea);
- 4 tablespoon taro powder ;
- 1/3 cup milk (dairy or dairy-free);
- a handful of ice;
- 2 Tbsp simple sugar syrup;
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking tapioca pearls (Boba pearls are 100% vegan. Even though the original recipe uses black boba, I preferred to go for white pearls for this taro milk tea recipe. However, the texture and taste are similar, so use whatever type of boba you find. Also, if you can’t find quick-cooking boba, just adapt the boiling timing to what the product’s instructions recommend.)
Step-by-Step Recipe for Taro Bubble Tea with Boba
- Prepare the Green Tea with Taro Powder: Steep the tea bag in a 1/2 cup of water for 5 minutes. After removing the tea bag, add the taro powder and mix well. Let it cool to room temperature, and then chill in the fridge.
- Make the Sugar Simple Syrup: Heat the sugar and water on a pan over low to medium heat. Don’t forget to stir occasionally. To make a thin simple syrup for sweetening your boba milk tea, heat the mixture only until the sugar has fully dissolved in the water.
For more indications and professional tips, just follow my brown sugar syrup recipe.
- Prepare the Tapioca Pearls: Add the boba to a small pot with boiled water and cook for 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have quick-cooking boba, boil them as said in the product’s instructions. Once cooked, transfer the boba straight to the brown sugar syrup (to stop them from sticking together).
- Assemble the Taro Milk Tea: Use tall glasses and add the boba syrup mixture first. Next, add the tea, the milk, and finally the ice.
Video Tutorial for Homemade Taro Milk Tea
Enjoy Your Purple Bubble Tea!
Finally, there you have it: a creamy and sweet taro milk tea that is sure to be enjoyed no matter the outside weather. Made with taro powder and green tea, the taro bubble tea will be your next favorite drink to impress any guest.
Loves, one more little thing: keep in mind that your input on every recipe that I post here is extremely valuable. It really helps me know what you think and how you would improve my recipes and ideas. So, keep on asking any questions that cross your mind in the comments section. I will make sure to respond as soon as possible! Moreover, feel free to share your experience with this taro bubble tea recipe and all your advice on it. I am always super excited to hear from you!
Last but not least, if you are a boba pearls fan, give the next bubble drink recipes a try, too: