Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars: Have You Tried Them?
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This Asian frozen treat has suddenly gone viral all over the world.
The mix of sweet, creamy ice cream and soft, chewy bubble tea pearls is delectable.
Here’s an easy recipe (+ video) for making this delicious treat at home, which rivals Shao Mei’s famed Boba popsicles.
Bubble tea aficionados are going crazy over these bubble tea popsicles, which have become a new trend. Of course, you can buy this frozen food from H Mart, but it’s quite costly (up to $12 per box) and frequently sold out. The good news is that it’s simple to create at home with only a few ingredients. You’ll be addicted once you figure out how to create Boba Popsicles!
WHAT IS BOBA ICE CREAM BAR?
Boba Ice Cream is a popsicle with marbling effects that combines ice cream and boba. Bubble tea, or boba, is a milk-based beverage with tapioca pearls. Boba ice cream is a frozen ice cream bar containing a large number of soft and chewy bubble tea pearls.
It comes from the Chinese island of Taiwan. Shao Mei (or Xiao Mei) is the brand that sparked the craze, and many companies have followed suit, including Tiger Sugar and Yi-Mei. There are various types of boba ice cream, but my personal favorite is the brown sugar boba ice cream bars, which have a lovely brown sugar syrup flavor.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED
- Glutinous Rice Flour – Using glutinous rice flour is the key to making the greatest boba that stays soft when frozen. It is important to note that this recipe will not work if you use regular tapioca flour. The glutinous rice flour may be found in most Asian grocery stores or ordered online from Amazon.
- Brown Sugar — This ingredient aids in the creation of a caramel-flavored homemade brown sugar syrup unlike any other you’ve ever had. For a more robust flavor and darker marbling, use dark brown sugar.
- Cornstarch — To thicken the brown sugar syrup, you’ll need cornstarch to form a slurry.
- Heavy cream – It will give your ice cream bar a creamy texture and flavor.
- Condensed Milk — Sweetens the dish and gives it a custardy texture. It’s not the same as evaporated milk.
Video Recipe: Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream
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HOW TO MAKE BROWN SUGAR BOBA ICE CREAM BARS AT HOME
STEP 1: PREPARE BROWN SUGAR SYRUP
- In a pot, combine brown sugar and water and simmer until the water boils and the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Combine the cornstarch and water in a saucepan and stir to combine. Cook until the sauce has thickened. (Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool to room temperature.)
STEP 2: MAKE BOBA PEARLS
- Combine the glutinous rice flour, brown sugar, and hot water in a mixing bowl. Knead the dough until it forms a spongy dough on a level surface coated with sticky rice.
- Pinch out a piece of dough and roll it into a little ball with a diameter of about 1/4 inch. Carry on with the rest of the dough in the same manner. (To keep them from sticking together, dust them with sticky rice.)
- Bring the balls to a boil until they are tender.
- Drain all of the water. Then, toss in the brown sugar and cooked balls. Mix until the sugar is uniformly distributed among the balls.
STEP 3: PREPARE THE ICE CREAM MIXTURE
- Heavy cream should be whisked until soft peaks form.
- Continue to beat in the condensed milk until everything is properly blended.
STEP 4: MAKE BOBA ICE CREAM BAR
- Toss the ice cream mixture with the brown sugar-coated boba balls. Mix thoroughly. Fill a zip-top bag halfway with the mixture. The bag’s corner should be cut.
- Using a squeeze bottle, squirt the brown sugar syrup into the popsicle form. Then, using your hands, squeeze the mixture into the popsicle mold. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.
PRO TIPS FOR THIS RECIPE
- The brown sugar syrup must be cooked until it thickens. It’s worth noting that when the syrup cools, it will thicken.
- For this dish, make sure you use sticky rice flour. This recipe will not work using tapioca flour. The frozen tapioca pearls will also not work since they will become rock hard.
- Because uncooked boba balls are quite sticky, you’ll need to dust them with glutinous rice flour to keep them from sticking together.
- Make sure the boba balls aren’t too huge or they won’t fit in your popsicle mold.
- Forming the dough into miniature boba pearls takes the most time in this method. Be patient and get the youngsters involved. It’s well worth the time and work!
- After pouring the mixture into the popsicle mold, tap it a few times on the counter to release any trapped air.
BEST WAY TO UNMOLD THE POPSICLE?
Fill a container (as tall as the mold) halfway with warm (not boiling) water to unmold popsicles. Then dunk the mold in for a few seconds until the popsicles loosen. It only takes 20 to 30 seconds. Then, as soon as possible, remove the mold from the water.
MILK TEA BROWN SUGAR BOBA ICE CREAM
I used standard ice cream flavor in this recipe. If you want to make milk tea, then boil the heavy cream and then add the green tea bag. Then cool the heavy cream with the tea infusion before preparing the ice cream.Print
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW TO KEEP BOBA SOFT IN BOBA ICE CREAM?
Because frozen tapioca pearls become rock hard, this dish should not be made with packaged tapioca or tapioca flour. To make boba pearls that have a bouncy and chewy texture, use glutinous rice flour, which will stay flexible and soft after frozen.
WHAT DO BOBA ICE CREAM POPSICLES TASTE LIKE?
With bouncy and chewy boba pearls that are stretchable like mochi cake, this boba ice cream has a distinctive texture that is exceptionally creamy and velvety. I appreciate how the caramel flavor adds to the richness of this dessert.
CAN I USE STORE-BOUGHT TAPIOCA PEARLS?
No. Packaged tapioca pearls are fine for boba tea, but they won’t work in this recipe since they’ll freeze hard.
WHERE TO BUY BOBA ICE CREAM BARS?
You may find them in H-mart or several local Chinese grocery stores. It’s kept in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
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