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October 18, 2022

10 Best Popping Boba Flavors You Need to Try in 2022!

Do you want to try out the best popping boba flavors? Explore these delicious pearls, and you’ll surely find a new favorite drink to order!

Dan Doughty
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Popping boba or boba pearls are some of the most mouthwatering drink toppings. Their gel-like outer layer bursts to reveal strong fruity juices, adding just the right shot of flavor to your drink or dessert and spoiling your taste buds. So, if you’ve only ever tasted chewy tapioca bubbles, you’re in for a delicious treat.

But what is the best popping boba flavor? For one, lychee boba is refreshing and sweet, exactly what we crave in the summer. Also, mango boba gives you that tropical taste, both sweet and tangy. As for strawberry, it bursts with a sugary syrup that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.

Keep reading as we take you through a flavorful journey of the best popping boba flavors to try!

Best Popping Boba Flavors

Here are the best popping boba tea flavors you don’t want to miss out on.

1. Lychee/Litchi - Best for Summer

Ingredients

  • 150 g lychee juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water

Description

If you can’t take the heat of a summer day, lychee boba pearls are what you need. They make for a cool and refreshing topping in any cold drink. Also, they have a light exterior with a gummy feel that bursts in your mouth with the ever-delicious lychee flavor. And if you dislike strong fruity flavors, you’ll be glad to know that their taste isn’t strong but subtle, sweet, and fun!

You’ll find lychee boba easy to make, so why not give these little pearls a try? They go perfectly with iced bubble tea, cocktails, smoothies, and crushed ice desserts.

2. Watermelon - Best for Desserts

Ingredients

  • 150 g watermelon juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Description

Imagine the sweet taste and floral aroma of watermelon in a popping boba. Juicy and dense, watermelon boba is probably the perfect topping for a drink or dessert. Like lychee, it’s also a popular summer and spring boba tea topping, thanks to its freshness and delicious flavor.

You can add the little juice balls to your frozen yogurt, smoothie, mocktail, cocktail, bubble tea, milkshake, shaved snow ice, or another dessert for an extra kick. And the best news? They’re pretty easy to make!

3. Mango - Best for Non-Tea Drinkers

Ingredients

  • 150 g mango juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Description

Mango is one of the most popular popping boba flavors. If you aren’t a tea person or haven’t tried boba tea before, you might want to give mango pearls a shot. Why is that? Well, the mango syrup inside them gives your drink that intense sweetness and tanginess you associate with juice rather than tea.

Mango popping boba also shares the summery twist of watermelon and lychee boba, as it leaves you feeling refreshed.

One of our favorite boba orders in the summer is a raspberry fruit drink with mango popping boba. The slightly sweet tea and tropical boba pearls will take you to an island retreat with one sip!

For other options, you can add mango boba to regular milk, mango milk, bubble tea, frozen yogurt, or desserts. In fact, we’re obsessed with these fruity juice balls on waffles, cheesecakes, and ice cream.

4. Strawberry - Best for Kids

Ingredients

  • 150 g strawberry juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Red food coloring (optional)

Description

Strawberry pearls might be the trendiest and best popping boba drink topping. These jelly-like balls are the way to satisfy your sweet tooth as they burst with sugary syrup once chewed. Their sweetness and bright pink color are why kids go crazy over them.

You can mix the flavorful boba pearls with fresh strawberry pieces to give your drink a rich texture and flavor. Also, we love pairing lemonade slushies with strawberry popping boba. The sweetness of these pearls contrasts the sourness of the lemonade, giving us a similar taste to cranberry sauce.

However, if you want to embrace the extra sweetness, add strawberry pearls to a cheesecake drink, milkshake, smoothie, or strawberry milk drink. This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing boba drinks, so it’s perfect for an Instagram photo!

5. Blueberry - Most Natural

Ingredients

  • 150 g blueberry juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  • Blue food coloring (optional)

Description

Blueberry boba pearls have the most natural feel. After all, they resemble real fruits in shape and ooze with their organic juice. Even more, you can add actual ripe blueberries with the popping boba to your flavored milk.

Overall, blueberry juice-filled balls are fun, yummy, and super popular. If you want a mix of tangy and sweet flavors, these pearls are exactly what you need. You can sprinkle them on frozen yogurt, bubble tea drinks, cocktails, and many desserts. Finally, you can pair them with unsweetened tea if you’re trying to minimize your sugar intake.

6. Passion Fruit - Best for Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 150 g passion fruit juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Description

Are you looking for different popping boba flavors? If you love your ice cream sundaes, you need to try them with passion fruit popping boba. The sweet and sour syrup will mix with the ice cream, taking your tastebuds to culinary heaven. Also, the vibrant yellow color of these pearls adds the right aesthetic touch to your dessert.

Other ways to serve these are by pairing them with frozen yogurt, mocktails, cocktails, bubble tea, slushies, sparkling drinks, or many other desserts. No matter how you pair them, these passion fruit juice shots will transport you to a tropical beach resort with their tangy taste.

7. Orange - Most Refreshing

Ingredients

  • 150 g orange juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Description

Orange boba pearls have such a refreshing effect and a fragrant taste, and the sweet and citrusy flavors complement each other nicely as they melt in your mouth. They also add color to your desserts and drinks and infuse them with flavor. Like other tropical flavors, we love adding them to our summer drinks.

You can add orange bursting boba to frozen yogurt, ice cream, milk tea, bubble tea, or dessert of your preference. However, it’s worth noting that orange boba requires a different process while cooking called reverse spherification because of its high calcium content.

8. Yogurt - Best for Non-Fruity Drinks

Ingredients

  • 150 g yogurt
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water

Description

Almost all the good popping boba flavors are fruity, which makes yogurt such a unique boba taste. The Japanese-style yogurt pearls give texture and flavor to your drink. Imagine sipping on your boba tea while these gummy-like translucent balls burst into your mouth. Then, they ooze with sweet, fresh, and tangy yogurt. 

When it comes to serving, you can pair yogurt boba pearls with ice cream, frozen yogurt, bubble tea, iced tea, milk tea, smoothies, halo-halo desserts, and shaved ice. You can also get creative and add yogurt boba pearls to your pancakes and waffles. After all, these soft cream pearls will look gorgeous on a dessert plate.

9. Cherry - Best for a Strong Flavor

Ingredients

  • 150 g cherry juice
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Red/orange food coloring (optional)
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)

Description

Add a sweet twist to your bubble tea with the cherry boba pearls. The satiny, vibrant cherries have such a strong flavor that’ll satisfy your taste buds, and the rich red color gives your desserts and drinks an aesthetic touch.

The cherry topping brings a sweet and sour flavor that works great with bubble tea, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, frappes, milk teas, ice cream, cocktails, smoothies, slushies, desserts, and baked goods.

10. Coffee - Best for Coffee Addicts

Ingredients

  • 150 g coffee
  • 5 g sodium alginate
  • 6 g calcium lactate
  • 50 g drinking water
  • 1 liter distilled water
  • Black food coloring (optional)

Description

Rather than starting your day with regular coffee, why not switch things up with coffee juice balls in a drink? It’s an intriguing combo, to be sure, and it may not be for everyone. However, these toppings will give you the caffeinated energy boost you need and the comforting taste of sweetened coffee you love.

If you’re unsure what to pair coffee boba with, try an iced black tea, and you can add milk to give the drink a creamy taste. Otherwise, you can add these pearls to coffee, but that’ll give you an intense taste, so don’t try it unless you’re a hardcore coffee drinker.

What Is the Best Popping Boba Flavor?

Although there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, lychee, mango, and strawberry are the most popular flavors.

For one, lychee boba pearls are our go-to summer toppings with their fresh and sweet taste. But if you aren’t an avid tea drinker, you’ll love the juiciness of mango boba pearls. As for strawberry popping boba, they bring a sugar rush that both the adults and the little ones appreciate!

About the author
Dan Doughty
Dan Doughty is the founder of Dripshipper. In operation since 2018, Dripshipper has helped thousands of merchants start a private label coffee brand and supply coffee to their customers.

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