Around the San Gabriel Valley, the average amount of calories in a boba drink is 500 calories and costs around four dollars. Boba shops such as Factory Tea Bar, ShareTea, Lollicup, Tapioca Express, Twinkle Brown Sugar, and much more opening, are a hit for many young adults. However, there is a healthier and cheaper route which is homemade boba drinks. From personal experience, tapioca pearls are easy to make. Although they are time-consuming, it definitely was less costly and I was aware of the amount of sugar I consumed was lower than boba shops.
Step 1: Pour 1 cup of tapioca pearls and 4 cups of water into a pot on high heat.
Step 2: Once the water boils, return it to medium-high heat and stir every 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: After 20 minutes of stirring, turn off heat and place lid on the pot for 25 minutes.
Step 4: Drain pot and place tapioca pearls into ice cold water for 2 minutes (for a chewy texture).
Step 5: Add honey to taste.
Step 1: Place 3 tea bags into 2 cups of water and boil around 2-3 minutes.
Step 2: Once cooled down, add half a cup of milk into tea.
Step 3: Add honey to taste.
Step 4: Once milk tea has cooled down, put as much tapioca pearls into the drink as needed.