(I told my sweetheart that I was going to use a jar for a glass. He was astonished and asked me why I don't just drink out of the carton. Hilarious. Clearly, he's not a southern boy.)
I got the idea to try Strawberry Milk Boba from reading an article on How to Do Stuff by Ginny Morris.
I usually drink Mocha Boba, but Strawberry Milk Boba sounded pretty fantastic.
I love boba. I love strawberries. I had to try it.
But first I wanted to do some research on the subject. I recalled a man telling me that you can learn anything on You Tube. He began his career as a balloon twister after watching You Tube videos on the subject. That was good enough for me. I went to this trusted source for information and began my journey into the world of boba. After a few videos, I felt pretty confident that I could tackle this job.
I went to the International Grocery in Carbondale, Il. It’s a magical place with delectables from around the world. But I was focused on boba. And hummus. And Thai Tea. Okay, I wasn’t focused at all, but I did remember to grab some dried boba.
The guy that was running the store told me that some people use the packaged Thai Tea mixes with boba. Hmmmmmm. *try this another day*
Asian stores are a good place to look for boba. You can also find it on Amazon.com. The WuFuYuan brand boba is available there. I really liked that this brand cooked up so quickly, but there are other brands available too.
I read countless recipes for boba and many of them say that boba can be stored in the sugar syrup for about a week. I‘m pretty sure that this is baloney. I tried it and the boba balls lost their chewiness after one day. They became hard and good for not much more than flicking at people.
I tried everything. I refrigerated the boba. I left it at room temperature. I even tried microwaving the boba to soften it up. The microwave worked a bit, but not very well. So, I will be making fresh boba, as needed.
I don’t mind making fresh boba. It’s easy to make. And the Strawberry Milk Boba was super delicious, so it is worth the effort!
STRAWBERRY MILK BOBA
To create Strawberry Milk Boba, we’ll make:
And you’ll need a boba straw! Available super cheap on Amazon.com.
Simple Syrup for Boba
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar (I used light brown)
½ cup water
Boil. Let cool a bit.
1/3 cup dried boba
4-10 cups water
*water needed depends on the cooking time for the boba
Cook boba as directed on the package. I used WuFuYuan boba, which only boils for about 5 minutes. Some boba needs to be cooked for up to 45 minutes, but the package directions will indicate the cooking time. The cooked boba will float. They are chewy when done.
Rinse in cool water. Toss boba in the syrup.
½ cup milk
¼ cup half & half
1 tablespoon syrup
1 cup ice
Blend well in a blender.
Pour Strawberry Milk in a glass. Scoop boba out of the syrup and spoon into the glass with the Strawberry Milk. Don’t pour in the extra syrup; it just keeps the boba from sticking while you blend your drink, and adds a little flavor.
Add the boba straw and enjoy!