If you've never heard of or even tasted a bubble shake, you need to this summer! Bubble shakes are known for the tapioca balls that sit at the bottom of the glass beneath a blend of fresh fruit, fruit juice and ice. The fun thing about this drink is slurping the tapioca balls up through a fat straw and chewing the tapioca balls. It's quite a texture shock at first but after you get used to chewing and slurping, it's quite fun and delicious too. So let's first talk about the bubbles, or boba. Boba are the tapioca balls that are quite important in this recipe. Typical boba used in these shakes are large and require roughly 30-45 minutes of boiling in water plus an additional 30-34 minutes of steeping to cook through. They become tough and chewy upon coming in contact with cold liquid so they are quite temperamental too.
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Now these small tapioca pearls are deceiving in that you can make quite a bit with a small amount. For a 1/4 cup of small tapioca pearls, you'll need 5-6 cups of water. Upon cooking through, it will yield about 2 cups of small tapioca pearls.
These bubble/boba shakes are a favorite at our house during the summer because it's a great way to use the seasonal fruits. You can also omit using ice and use frozen fruit instead. The key is to blend the fruit to your preference and combine it with the tapioca. Now some folks think the tapioca is mixed in the blender with the fruit. This is not the case - when the tapioca comes into contact with something cold, it immediately seizes or firms up,making it tough to blend smoothly. It's best to only combine the tapioca and fruit shake just before serving.
In fact, to help encourage you to make some boba shakes or just enjoy fruit juices, POM Wonderful and I have partnered up and I'm hosting a giveaway to a lucky reader! One lucky reader will receive a one-month supply of POM Wonderful's 100% Juice Blends (2 bottles of each 48oz variety and 2 bottles of each 12oz variety) as well as a POM insulated tote. Now that is one easy way to get your boba drink on! If you would like a chance to receive this giveaway, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page... and a winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, July 25th!
Bubble (Boba) Shakes
1/4 cup small pearl tapioca
1/4 cup small pearl tapioca
5-6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh fruit of your choice
1/4 cup fruit juice of your choice
1/4 cup ice cubes
For the boba, add water to a large pot set over high heat. Cover and let it come to a boil. Add tapioca, stir and cover. Continue to boil tapioca on high heat for 25-30 minutes. Uncover, stir and remove from heat. Cover once again and let tapioca steep for 10-15 minutes. Transfer tapioca to a fine mesh strainer and drain while running cold water over the tapioca to cool completely. Place tapioca into a sealed container and add water to cover. Seal and set aside. The tapioca will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week if covered with water.
For the shake, add fruit, juice and ice to your blender or hand blender container. Blend until smooth.
To serve, place 1-2 tablespoons of tapioca into the bottom of a tall glass. Pour fruit shake into the glass and serve immediately with a large, wide straw (big enough for tapioca to be slurped through.)
The tapioca will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week if covered with water.