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Mango Bubble Tea Recipe

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This mango bubble tea recipe is the best you’ll ever taste! It’s a delicious blend of healthy mango puree and sweet tapioca pearls, perfect for summer.

Two tall glasses of mango bubble tea with tapioca pearls.

Boba tea is a hit in Thailand and a beloved drink across the world. It’s made with irresistibly chewy tapioca pearls and comes in so many variations.

Just like Thai tea and Thai mango shake, you can find it at just about every street corner and food market in Thailand.

What is mango bubble tea

Mango bubble tea is a refreshing beverage combining mixed ripe mangoes, milk, sugar syrup, and chewy tapioca pearls. It’s a sweet drink that blends fruity and creamy flavors.


For those who are new to this Thai drink, let me quickly explain what tapioca pearls are.

What are tapioca pearls

Tapioca pearls, also known as boba, are small, chewy balls made from cassava starch. Originating from Southeast Asia, the balls are typically black or white, have a bouncy texture, and are a key ingredient in bubble tea.

Tapioca balls add texture and a fun bite, and they’re gluten-free, so you can share this mango bubble tea with tapioca with anyone!

Mango boba tea

In Thailand, this drink is usually made with mango bubble tea powder. For this recipe, I decided to use ripe mangoes instead of the powder – it’s a real fruit mango bubble tea that’s both healthier and more flavorful.

The evaporated milk gives the mango milk tea a creamy richness. I’ve also sweetened the boba pearls just right so none go to waste – you’ll want to sip all of them!

Feel free to adjust the sugar according to your taste to find the perfect balance for a drink that’s refreshing without being overly sweet. Personally, I find the sweetness level just right as is.

Two glasses of mango boba tea, a slice of ripe mango, and black tapioca pearls.

Any bubble tea recipe can easily be adjusted by mixing in fruits, syrups, or even ice cream. You can find many customization options after the instructions, so you can have some fun in the kitchen and create your own drink.

One last tip – when preparing a drink with tapioca pearls, be sure to have a large straw that can fit the pearls. You can find the perfect colorful, large straws on at any Asian grocery store and some Asian markets.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for mango bubble tea labeled: natural cane sugar, water, tapioca pearls, evaporated milk, ripe mango, tea, water, and condensed milk.
  • Natural cane sugar – I used natural cane sugar to sweeten the boba pearls.
  • Tapioca pearls – The black pearls are boiled in water until they’re the perfect texture. You can get these at Amazon or any Asian supermarket.
  • Water
  • Ripe mango – Use Alphonso Mango or Honey mangoes. These are perfectly sweet when ripe, making them ideal for making mango boba.
  • Evaporated milk – Adds a creamy richness to the drink without adding extra sweetness.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Condensed milk sweetens the mango puree. Feel free to add more or less to taste.
  • Crushed ice – Perfect for making a chilled drink during warm summer days.
  • Black tea – The tea is mixed with mango puree. You can omit the tea to make a simple mango milk tea.

How to make mango bubble tea

Steeped black tea in a glass.

Step 1: Steep the black tea in 1 cup of hot water for the time specified by the tea brand. Once ready, remove the tea and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Tapioca pearls cooking in water.

Step 2: Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once boiling, add the tapioca pearls, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking to each other.

Cooked tapioca pearls in a pot.

Step 3: Follow the cooking time recommended on the package for the tapioca pearls, some cook quickly while others can take up to 30 minutes. After cooking, remove the pot from heat and let the pearls rest in the water for an additional 30 minutes. This way, they’ll be real chewy and soft.

Tapioca pearls in a sieve.

Step 4: Drain the pearls using a sieve and rinse them under water.

Tapioca pearls and sugar in a bowl.

Step 5: Place the rinsed pearls into a mixing bowl and mix well with natural cane sugar.

Blended mango juice in a blender, before and after.

Step 6: In a blender, combine the cooled tea, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and slices of fresh mango. Blend these ingredients until the mixture is smooth.

Step 7: In a serving glass, add your desired amount of sweetened tapioca pearls and a layer of crushed ice. Pour the blended mango mixture over the ice and serve with a large straw. Enjoy!

Kitchenware

  • Saucepan or pot for boiling the tapioca pearls
  • Mixing bowl for sweetening cooked pearls
  • Blender to puree the ripe mangoes
  • Strainer to rinse the cooked pearls
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Glass for steeping tea
  • Large straws

Mango milk tea recipe variations

You can customize this mango boba tea and turn it into a fun kitchen activity with the kids! Play around with what you add to find your favorite taste.

Strawberry mango bubble tea: Mix in strawberries or pick your favorite fruit like bananas or passion fruit.

Milk variations: Try mixing your drink with oat milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk.

Ice cream: Drop a scoop of vanilla or mango ice cream into your mango drink. Make sure you don’t make it overly creamy – adjust the amount of evaporated milk if needed.

Tea: You can mix in any cooled tea, like black tea, green tea, or jasmine tea, with the mango puree.

Fruit bubble tea serving tips

You can finish your drink by adding some small mango pieces on top of the mango mix. Add some bubbles on top, this way, the bubbles will spread out, and you’ll get to enjoy them with every sip.

Or you can pour a little coconut milk on your drink to make it look nice and add a different taste. If you like it sweeter, just add some honey or sweet syrup on top.

Frequently asked questions

How many calories in a mango bubble tea?

A mango bubble tea usually has around 200 to 400 calories, but it can vary based on what you add to it.

Does mango bubble tea have caffeine?

Mango bubble tea can have caffeine if you make it with tea like matcha tea, but if you don’t use tea, then it won’t have caffeine.

Is mango bubble tea healthy?

Mango bubble tea can be healthy if you watch the sugar and use real fruit, but it depends on how you make it.

Is this fruit bubble tea suited for vegans?

This mango drink can be vegan-friendly if you use plant-based milk and make sure the other ingredients are also plant-based.

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Mango Bubble Tea Recipe

Two tall glasses of mango bubble tea with tapioca pearls.
An easy mango bubble tea recipe for making delicious boba tea at home. Perfect for kids and parties!
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Drinks
Serving Size 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tapioca pearls see notes
  • 6 cups water divided into 5 cups and 1 cup
  • 3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 black tea bag see notes
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • crushed ice add to taste

Instructions

  • Steep the black tea in hot water for the time specified by the tea brand. Once ready, remove the tea and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once boiling, add the tapioca pearls, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking to each other.
  • Follow the cooking time recommended on the package for the tapioca pearls, some cook quickly while others can take up to 30 minutes. After cooking, remove the pot from heat and let the pearls rest in the water for an additional 30 minutes. This way, they’ll be real chewy and soft.
  • Drain the pearls using a sieve and rinse them under water.
  • Place the rinsed pearls into a mixing bowl and mix well with natural cane sugar.
  • In a blender, combine the cooled tea, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and slices of fresh mango. Blend these ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
  • In a serving glass, add your desired amount of sweetened tapioca pearls and a layer of crushed ice. Pour the blended mango mixture over the ice and serve with a large straw. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Tapioca pearls - The black pearls are boiled in water until they're the perfect texture. You can get these at Amazon or any Asian supermarket.
  • Tea - You can mix in any cooled tea, like black tea, green tea, or jasmine tea, with the mango puree.

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