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How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup for Bubble Tea

We’ve found the best recipe. Only after several attempts and countless recipe guides to make brown sugar syrup for bubble tea. And it’s a lot simpler than we thought.

Brown sugar pearl milk tea is one of the most successful and trendy flavors in boba cafes around the world. Some say it’s the most popular boba or bubble tea flavor right now!
The delicious flavor from the tea and the sweet malty flavor of the brown sugar won over many boba lovers’ hearts.

And we can see why.

You might be wondering how has such a simple flavor become so delicious? It comes down to the right brown sugar syrup consistency.

Let’s get sticky with how to make some brown sugar syrup step by step below!

What Do You Need to Make Brown Sugar Syrup

In its most basic form, brown sugar syrup can be made with two simple ingredients. Dark brown sugar and water.

Yep, that’s it! But there’s a catch.

The ratios of these two ingredients matter a lot! If you have more water, the less flavorful or concentrated your syrup actually is. It might even lose its consistency too.
Some boba cafes that make in house brown sugar syrup use other ingredients to make it more unique.

A boba cafe in Asia that will add a touch of cinnamon to their brown sugar syrup. This gives their brown sugar syrup a more unique and distinguishable flavor profile. Other ingredients found in brown sugar syrup may include vanilla and nutmeg.

If you’re thinking about other popular additions, let us know!

How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup

With our recipe guide here, we’re going to stick (pun intended) with dark brown sugar and water as our ingredients.

We like to keep it simple!

Gather your two ingredients and the tools you’ll need to make your brown sugar syrup at home. FYI, this recipe will yield between 2 and 2 ½ cups of brown sugar syrup.
To start, you’ll need 4 cups of dark brown sugar. Any supermarket or grocery store with dark brown sugar will work fine for this recipe.

If you want to find something online, we’ve done the work for you. View our recommended dark brown sugar by clicking here.

You’ll also need 2 cups of water for this. Once you have your 2 ingredients go ahead and grab your favorite pot so we can start the cooking process. It’s a good idea to use measuring cups for this too if you have them.

Exact measurements play a crucial role.

  1. Add your 2 ingredients that we specified above in a non-stick pot, something like this. And turn your heat to medium.
  2. Mix thoroughly as your pot heats up so that everything is incorporated nicely.
  3. Continue to watch your brown sugar and water mixture carefully (you can burn this quickly if you don’t pay attention).
  4. Once your mixture starts to bubble, continue mixing it for another minute or so. After this, bring the heat down to low and let it cook slowly.

The consistency or texture you’re looking for is the same as any other syrup. The texture should be like a maple syrup consistency, not like honey!

Why? Because honey is a bit thicker and much more difficult to mix thoroughly in a cold cup of boba with ice.

After you get the right consistency turn off the heat and you’re ready to serve or store. Yes, it is actually this easy!

How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup

How to Store Syrup Correctly

The best way to store any syrup that you make at home is with a glass jar. Plastic containers are difficult to clean after storage. And other types of containers are not even worth trying (we learned the hard way).

Storing your simple syrups (brown sugar syrup in this case) with a glass jar will help in a few ways.

First and more importantly, it will keep your syrup fresh to serve whenever opened. And secondly, glass jars make it easier for any cleanup. Especially in the case of spillage over the edges.

With other containers, it can be a sticky situation!

We usually make about a mason jar full of brown sugar syrup for the team every month here at Talk Boba. We’ve used these many glass jars over the months (unfortunately). But we ultimately found that these are the easiest when it comes to storing brown sugar syrup.

When storing in a glass jar, your simple syrup or brown sugar syrup should last about 1 to 3 months. Keep in mind, this depends on the conditions of where you’re storing it (refrigerated or non-refrigerated).

Typically once the brown sugar syrup has cooled completely, we will place the filled jar into the refrigerator.

After the first open, be sure to place your jar back into the refrigerator. We don’t want the syrup to go bad quickly after our hard work.

That’s All there is to Making Brown Sugar Syrup at Home

If you enjoyed this read and it helped you a lot, let us know! Maybe share it with your favorite person in the world too.

Looking for more?

Feel free to learn how to make brown sugar pearl milk tea by reading our recipe here. It’s delicious and one of our most popular articles on Talk Boba.

You’ve made it to the end, that’s it from us. remember, just talk about boba duh!

How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup

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