Bubble Tea at Home

My husband and I love this 3:15 brand roasted milk tea (I noticed that a box of 12 in the original milk tea flavor is $5.99 at HMart via instacart) with these 5 minute boba since we have been eating at home out of an abundance of caution. Each roasted tea bag contains 11g of sugar. I use cold water instead of steeping the tea bag in hot water. Therefore, for each drink I use 2 roasted tea bags and 1 cup cold water with ice which I mix together using a cocktail shaker. Shake well (until your arms burn) but do not shake too vigorously which can cause the roasted tea bags can burst open.

Alternatively, I use 1 roasted tea bag with 1 stick of OWL 3-in-1 instant tea mix or 2 tablespoons of this Milkman’s milk tea powder or 1 tablespoon of this Bossen milk tea powder.

The Bossen milk tea powder is currently sold out on Amazon but I found that it’s available via Bossen’s direct website here. UPS Ground shipping for purchasing directly from Bossen is $10 which is almost the price of one 2.2 pound bag. Using 3.5 tbsp of the Bossen powder for 1 cup of cold water plus ice tastes good to me but the powder has a strong tea taste and it doesn’t taste not very sweet even though one serving of the Bossen powder mix is 44g of sugar. It tastes sweeter if you use 1 cup of 1% milk in place of water.

I also tried two sticks of this OWL 3-in-1 instant tea mix (each serving has 10g of sugar) which tastes best with 1 cup of 1% milk and ice. Note that when I ordered it via Amazon I was able to purchase 3 packs for $29.99 (each package contains 30 sticks so 90 sticks for $29.99) but it looks like this option is currently sold out. Update 5/5/20: Watch this video on TikTok to see the exact steps on how I’ve been making our drinks at home. I have since cut down to one stick so that we consume less sugar.

If I had to choose only one tea mix to recommend then I prefer the 3:15 brand roasted milk tea because the flavor rivals that of my favorite Taiwanese bubble tea chains. Bubble tea is very personalized and my usual order in store is oolong milk tea, 0% sugar, herbal jelly (I like the Chin Chin brand herbal jelly at home) and less ice.

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Bubble Tea at HomeBubble tea using 2 roasted tea bags + 5 minute boba