Homemade Boba in Vanilla Syrup


Homemade boba aka tapioca pearls taste amaaaazing!! My husband, who isn’t a fan of boba, loves the homemade version! I can literally eat it, on its own, when it’s soaked up in some vanilla syrup! It’s that good! And why am I using so many exclamation points! Does it sound like I’m yelling?!? LOL.


3/4 cup of boba (I recommend the brand Bolle)

6 cups of FILTERED water


1/2 cup of water

1/2 of sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract


Into a saucepan, add in your water and sugar and bring it to a boil just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and stir in your vanilla. Set aside and allow to cool down before using.


Boil 6 cups of filtered water. Add in your tapioca pearls. Boil your boba until they’ve all floated to the surface (should take 2-3 minutes,tops). Turn heat down to low, and cook for an additional 20 minutes (making sure to stir every 2-3 minutes to prevent your boba from sticking to the bottom). Turn the stove OFF, cover the pot with a lid, and allow the boba to cook for an additional 25 minutes. Do not remove the lid during this time. Once done, remove lid, stir, and check for doneness. If not cooked to your liking, cover with lid, and cook for additional 5 more minutes. Strain in colander, and run some cold water through the boba, using your hands to lightly separate them. Place boba into a bowl, and add in your cooled down vanilla syrup. Allow to soak for 2-3 hours.

I LOVE to add boba into my Thai iced teas! Click here for the recipe!


You must use filtered water for the best boba! Using unfiltered water will make your boba clump together, and they won’t separate well. Only make as much boba as needed, per day. Once refrigerated, the boba hardens and loses its chewiness. This recipe makes enough boba for approximately 6-8 tall glasses (more or less depending on how much boba you add per glass!)

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