Talk Boba

How to Make Taro Milk Tea Recipe

Talk boba

Think you’ve seen the beautiful royal purple bubble tea drink before? You might have! It’s one of the most popular bubble tea or boba drinks to date! It’s almost a classic if you ask us… The taro milk tea with or without bubbles is rich, creamy and full of sweet flavors. 

The flavor can be characterized as elegant and possibly florally with notes of that are similar to vanilla. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

So if you like vanilla lattes, vanilla ice cream or vanilla anything, this might be the best boba flavor for you to try. It just has a slight floral difference to it from the taro root itself. 

Taro milk tea can be made multiple ways, the majority of boba shops make this bubble tea flavor with taro powder like this that is already made. If you’re adventurous and what to take a stab at using raw organic taro, preparing it, cooking it and grinding it up into a fine powder for taro milk tea, you can also do this. We actually have a full guide for you if you’re interested in cooking taro at home. 

Nonetheless, let’s get started on making taro milk tea at home, continue reading to get the ingredients list and full step by step instructions on what to do to make a delicious taro milk tea at home. 

Talk Boba recipe clock

Prep Time

3 Minutes

Talk Boba recipe clock

Cook Time

8 Minutes

Talk Boba recipe clock

Total Time

11 Minutes

Talk Boba recipe icon


1-2 Servings

Ingredients you'll need
for making
Taro Milk Tea

  • 2 table spoons taro Powder. If you're fancy, check out our taro root article if you want to make this really authentic.
  • Authentic black tea or green tea leaves (we usually use green tea)
  • 1/2 cup of creamer like half & half, condensed milk, almond milk etc.
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1-2 table spoons of honey

How to Make Taro Milk Tea

Step 1

Gather all your ingredients and let’s start with the brewing of the tea for this taro milk bubble tea recipe. 

Bring your pot of water to a boil and once it’s at a rumbling boil, lower the heat to medium-high heat. Add your green tea leaves or tea bags of choice into the pot of water. Continue to boil the pot of water and tea leaves for another 3-5 minutes. 

Once you’ve accomplished the right taste and depth of flavor in your tea, strain it and pour the tea into your preferred cup. 

Step 2

While your tea is still hot, begin to add the rest of the ingredients in your cup. Starting with the taro powder, add 2 tablespoons of taro powder into your cup and stir well until every bit is dissolved nicely. No one likes clumps in their taro bubble tea right? 

Step 3

Has everything dissolved and mixed thoroughly? Great! Let’s move to the next step in making taro milk tea at home. Begin to add your sweetener of choice, we typically use 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Shortly after you may add your creamer of choice as well. But you can also use sweetened condensed milk if you prefer a creamier texture. 

Generally, we’ll add about 1/2 cup of our favorite almond milk into the mixture, then give your almost ready taro milk tea a good stir again. 

Step 4

The last final step in making your taro milk tea at home is to give it some chill vibes, not the Spotify playlist. Add your handful of ice cubes (may differ based on how much ice your prefer) into the taro milk tea and give it one last stir and enjoy! Experience the creamy and rich consistency that taro milk tea has to offer. Give us a shout if you enjoyed this and remember, talk about boba, duh! 

Maybe we’ll create something like how to make taro ice cream with taro powder for an extra bonus. 

Common Questions About Taro Milk Tea

What is taro tea made out of?

If you read everything above about our taro milk tea recipe you’ll find that taro milk tea is made of a few ingredients. We’ll reiterate them here. Taro milk tea is made out of a tea base, creamer, sweetener and of course taro root or taro powder. If you’re grinding taro root fresh and manually you can learn more about taro root here

Does taro bubble tea have dairy?

The short answer is it depends. Taro bubble tea will have dairy if and only if you have chosen to add creamer or milk that is considered dairy. Many times if you do not opt out for a non-dairy milk you’ll end up having a taro bubble tea with 2% milk or a variation of this. Of course, if you want non-dairy taro bubble tea, opt for oat milk, almond milk or any other non-dairy milk.

Why is taro tea purple? 

Taro tea is purple mainly because of how taro powder is processed with food coloring. When you cut open a typical taro root, you’ll find that it’s actually white inside with specs of purple. In taro powders, manufacturers or processors will use purple food coloring, this has been the norm since taro bubble teas became a thing.

How does taro milk tea taste?

Taro milk tea tastes a bit like a light version of vanilla. It’s hard to really put a description to it, but the closest thing to describing taro milk tea would be a variation of vanilla and hints of earthiness. You really have to give taro milk tea a try in order to fully embrace its flavor, it’s very delicious if that’s ultimately your question. 

You may also like: