Colorful Fruity Boba Pearls Recipe [Revised]

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The more we drank boba pearls beverage – be it brown sugar boba pearls fresh milk or boba pearls with cheese tea drink, the more we get addicted to it. This got me thinking about how could we reinvent an ongoing trend? I come to think that is it possible that we infuse fruits into boba pearls? Well, let’s give it a go and try fresh fruits boba pearls!

colorful boba pearls recipe

Are they the next Unicorn Boba Pearls Recipe beverage? 

Since the process of making a regular brown sugar boba pearls is simply using brown sugar as the liquid to activate the tapioca starch. So from there, we know that the formulation to boba pearls is simply

flavored liquid combine with tapioca starch and then braise them in its own flavored sweetened liquid.

By having that in mind, I begin working on how should I create the flavored liquid? And to raise the benchmark to another level, I thought let’s make chewy boba pearls with fruit bits in them!

Imagine Boba Pearls with Fruit Bits in them!

Hence I come to think that I will need to make a fruit puree, also I will need to play around a little bit with the colors, so the drinks would look vibrant while refreshing! So I went on to around local traders market hunting for fruits that are suitable for its purpose.

Some of the fruits are delicious, but would not be able to make the boba pearls look vibrant. From my fruits shopping, I had come to pick red dragon fruits, orange flesh taro roots, green kiwi, and yellow kiwi. 

p/s : I think we can even use vegetables, think cucumber!

Boba Pearls Recipe with Fresh Colorful Fruits

Is Boba Pearls Innovation at its Peak?

Currently, around the globe is crazed with boba pearls drinks and it has become a global trend. People getting addicted to it, well in a happy way. The popularity of boba pearls has spread across Europe, Germany in particular and are now converting the young people across North America as well.

Manufacturing Colorful Fruity Boba Pearls?

Currently, I do not think there is any manufacturer that is willing to produce them with real fresh fruits as it will be;

  1. Not cost-effective – Using fresh fruits is going to be expensive.
  2. Labor intensive – the process of extracting the flesh of the fruits.

If it is going to happen, I believe plenty of coloring and addictive will be added.

But why wait? Now you start following my recipe, and simply make your own colorful fruity boba pearls at home!

Author have a say…

Colorful and Fruity Boba Pearls Recipe could be the next Unicorn Boba Pearl Beverage! Previously I did a video on how to make tapioca boba pearls recipe at home and some have been telling me that their dough end up becoming too stick and could not work on the dough to roll them. So just recently I’ve got some extra time and thought that I should improve the recipe to make it failsafe, so anyone can make it at home with ease. Perhaps adding some cheese foam to it would be great too! (Cheese Tea Recipe here

Source  :  Wiki

How to Make Boba Pearls with Fruits! Best Boba Pearls Recipe

colorful boba pearls recipe
Ethan Wong
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4.25 from 12 votes

Use vibrant color fruits for exciting colorful boba pearls. I have revised this recipe, an improvement over the previous recipe, simplifying the process. The key is to not overcook the tapioca dough but also cooking them enough to the point where you can work on the dough!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Beverages, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Chinese, Fusion
Difficulty Easy
Diet Gluten Free
Servings 5 Cups


Boba Pearls

  • 1 Cup Fresh Fruits of your choice (As long as can be pureed )
  • 1 Cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water (Hot)
  • 1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour (to flour water table and pearls)

Braising Boba Pearls

  • 2 Cups Fresh Fruits of your choice (As long as can be pureed )
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar (reduce or add sugar, if preferred)
  • 1 Cups Water (Hot)
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Making Raw Boba Pearls Dough

  • Remove the skin of the fruit if any.
  • Chop fruits into tiny pieces or blend them into puree.
  • Into a pot, add chopped fruits, 1 cup of tapioca flour, sugar and hot water.
  • Cook them over lowest heat. As you cook them, stir consistently to mix and prevent bottom from burning.
  • Cook until it comes together and form a stick dough.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add another 1/2 cup of tapioca flour and fold the flour into the dough.
  • Once the flour are folded in, generously flour a clean working surface as well as your hands.
  • Transfer the dough onto the floured surface.
  • Roll the dough into an elongated shape and cut them into several smaller pieces.
  • Then roll the smaller dough into a smaller roll about the diameter of a chopstick.
  • Then cut the at about 1 cm in length and roll them into round shape.
  • Transfer the round uncooked boba pearls into a container and flour them again to prevent them from sticking to one another.

Cooking Boba Pearls

  • With a pot, add enough of water to boil the uncooked boba pearls.
  • Only add the uncooked boba pearls when the water are at boiling point.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After that, transfer the cooked boba pearls into ice water to stop the cooking and set aside.

Braising Boba Pearls

  • Into a pot, add chopped fresh fruits, sugar and hot water.
  • Bring it to a boil, add boba pearls in.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • You should achieve a thick gooey jam like consistency.



Serving Suggestion

  • Sweet Potatoes Boba Pearls with Coconut Milk – Similar to bubur cha cha.
  • Red Dragon Fruit Boba Pearl with Fresh Milk
  • Kiwi Boba Pearl with Oolong Tea
The possibility to mix and match is limitless. Think of traditional dessert, it might be able to turn it into a boba beverage!
Tapioca is gluten-free, commonly uses as wheat substitute for a gluten-free diet 


Calories : 337kcalCarbohydrates : 87gSodium : 19mgPotassium : 26mgFiber : 1gSugar : 55gIron : 1mg
Allergy : Milk
*These Nutritional Values have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration
Keyword Boba Pearls, Boba Pearls Milk, Boba Pearls Milk Drink, Brown Sugar Boba, Fruits Boba, Milk Tea

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  1. لیان استور

    it’s so delicious I recommend all of you taste it and enjoy.

  2. Heidi Shore

    I have a question about the flour that you use on your hands and your work space, is it also tapioca flour or is it regular flour?

      • Ava


  3. Astrid

    Can you freeze the boba pearls before boiling them? I want to prepare them ahead of time like 3 days.

    • Ethan Wong

      Yes you can, freeze them and use any amount that you need.

      To boil the frozen boba pearls,
      Make sure the water is at full boil before dropping them in and stir to prevent them from sticking.
      Otherwise they will break apart easily.

    • Amanda

      Must these be braised or can these pearls be used as is?

      • Ethan Wong

        Hey Amanda,

        They must be braised, else they are still raw.

        • Kari Keith

          What is the difference between cooking and braising? If we have done the cooking step, do we also need to braise?

          • Ethan Wong

            Yes, also need to braise.

            The first cooking process is just to thoroughly cook them. They are still very tough then, braised them to have more flavors in and also make them soften to a better consistency

        • Fraya

          When I added all of the ingredients to the pot I stirred and stirred but it never thickened. I made mine with mangos, any tips to resolve this?

          • Ethan Wong

            Hey Fraya,
            I think there is two reason;
            1) the heat is not high enough. (Higher heat = faster the dough thickened, but also too thick, we cannot work on the dough).

            2) too much water, try reducing the water content, cause I had never try with Mango before.

            Hope this helps!

  4. Eleanor L

    5 stars
    Delicious and charming, made strawberry pearls, they were great.

  5. Ella

    5 stars
    How long until it expires?

    • Ethan Wong

      cooked boba, I think 5 days +/-

      uncooked boba, you can freeze it and they can probably last 12 months.

  6. Lex

    Do you have to braise the boba?

    • Ethan Wong

      Yes, you have to braised the boba

  7. Ines

    Hi does the boba pop when you eat it?

    • Ethan Wong

      Nope, this is not popping boba.
      That is another type of boba.

  8. Rose

    Can you cook the boba in water for Longer instead of braising in fruit purée or is this a specifically necessary step? Thank you!

    • Ethan Wong

      Hey Rose,

      Yes you can, but all the flavor (in this case, fruits) will leach out into the water.
      Braising them in fruit puree is meant to fortify the fruit’s flavor.

  9. Alexa

    How long does it take the mixture to form into a dough-like consistency? Mine has been liquid for a long time.

    • Ethan Wong

      Hey Alexa,
      the time for the mixture to form a dough depends on the heat.
      Basically, the higher the heat = the faster the mixture becomes dough.
      But also if overcooked, then the dough would end up too hard and difficult to work with.

  10. Soneatha Svay

    Hi! I didn’t see a measurement of the fruit. It only tells the measurement of the tapioca flour.

  11. Soneatha Svay

    LOL!! never mind

  12. Holly

    This recipe is wonderful! Are you able to replace the tapioca flour with corn flour/corn starch?

    • Ethan Wong

      Hey Holly,
      unfortunately no.
      Only tapioca starch can produce these chewy texture.

  13. Neva

    Hi I am so excited to try this recipe but I only have frozen strawberries can you use thawed fruit or does it have to be fresh?

    • Ethan Wong

      Hey, yes you can use frozen fruits to make them

  14. brielle

    where is all the measurements?

  15. x

    1 star
    It came out very messy, and thicker than expected

  16. Lena

    1 star
    Hi the other day i tried to make these and everything was going good until the tapioca when i would add it to my mixture it would still be super sticky and it would not form it a dough like texture and it was still sticky and then it would act like it was a dough and then stick out into being sticky any advice?
    , thanks!
    Lena chavis

    • Ethan Wong

      Hi there,

      I think the dough wasn’t cooked enough, try cooking them in longer or with higher heat.

      basically, we are cooking starch here, the more we cook the starch, the stickier they become and easier to work on them

  17. peter

    what other tea/drink can be paired with the green kiwi boba


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