Popping Boba and How is it Made

April 28, 2022
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  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

If you have ever wonder what popping bobas are, read on! They are a unique type of boba pearls that pop in your mouth. Hence, they are also called “popping pearls.” Real fruit juice fills the inside of these pearls, making them delicious. Popping boba has a thin gel-like exterior that easily pops. Bubble tea and yogurts, ice creams, and other juices increasingly use these tiny drops of heaven. Common flavors of popping bobas include mango, strawberry, green tea, honey melon, pomegranate, and orange. —GarciaWT

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups water
  • 100 milliliters juice
  • 1 gram Sodium Alginate
  • 2 teaspoons Calcium Lactate
  1. Take two cups of water (tap water works fine!) and add in 2 teaspoons of calcium lactate.
  2. Mix it until the powder all dissolves to form a colorless solution.
  3. Next, take your fruit juice and add it to the blender. Add in the sodium alginate. The sodium alginate is supposed to be a 1% solution, so if you use 100ml of juice, that will lead you to use 1g of sodium alginate. Don’t worry though, a little bit extra won’t hurt you much!
  4. Blend the mixture until it is nice and combined
  5. Let the mixture sit for a few hours to let all the air bubbles in the mix disappear.
  6. Put the mixture in a dropper and slowly drip droplets of this into the calcium lactate solution that we made before.
  7. Keep making as many popping bobas as you like and once you are done, strain them out of the calcium lactate solution.
  8. Rinse your popping pearls with water to get rid of the calcium lactate residues.
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