Talk Boba

8 Popular Milks Used
in Bubble Tea

There’s too many milk alternatives to name… but we’re going to try our best! 

Generally bubble tea or boba, (what do you call it actually?) has some sort of milk or creamer in it. At least, the milk teas do, maybe not the fruit teas with boba pearls. With all the alternatives to milk nowadays, like the increasingly popular oat milks, one might ask “what is the best milk to use for bubble tea?” 

We hope we can answer this for you. 

With @talkboba’s experience in bubble tea and all things boba, we think we have a fair amount of knowledge to speak on what milks or creamers are the best for any boba drink. Keep reading to see all the possible milks that are popularly used in your favorite boba cafes around town. Maybe this will inspire you to try something new too! 

Whole Milk

Whole Milk

We know what you’re thinking, you could’ve of thought of this already… and you’re right! Whole milk is a no brainer when it comes to a milk or creamer base for bubble tea. Many boba cafes use this simply because of its texture. With its rich creaminess, when shaken in your favorite boba cup it provides a nice mouth feel, if you know what we’re talking about!

We just had to include it, nothing more is needed to be said about this other than the fact that it is one of the most used creamers for many of your favorite boba flavors! By the way, what is your favorite boba flavor? 

Oat Milk

Oat Milk

Now this… this is a different and increasingly popular alternative to your go-to boba flavors nowadays. Many modern boba cafes today will most likely have this as a milk or creamer option, especially in your favorite urban cities like New York City or San Francisco, even boba shops in Toronto! Anyone from Canada here? 

The taste of oat milk is kind of hard to explain if you haven’t tried it before. To try and paint the picture, the taste can be described as very similar to cow’s milk actually but you definitely experience a sweeter after taste. It’s also not as thick or creamy like cow’s milk can be, simply because there isn’t that much fat content in it. With that said, bubble tea with oat milk tend to have a slightly less creamy texture, which isn’t that bad actually! 

Give it a try, some popular oat milk brands are Oatly and Califia Farms

Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Another great alternative to change up your boba drinking experience. Almond milk, with its nutty and sweet flavor profile, adds such a unique taste to your bubble tea.

With a quality almond milk, you will actually taste the nuttiness between each sip, it’s quite refreshing actually! 

Not only is the taste actually pretty addicting (personally i’m sipping on some almond milk infused bubble tea right now), it has great benefits too. Some almond milk depending on how much it’s processed can help with bone strength, is low in calories and has lots of vitamins! 

Here’s 3 popular almond milk brands that we enjoy from time to time: Almond Breeze, Silk and Elmhurst

2% Milk

2% Milk

If you like a light and less creamy bubble tea, 2% milk might be your best friend! Some of us have 2% milk as our go-to creamer for boba. 

It has enough fat content to mix with the rest of the ingredients in your favorite bubble tea flavor without making the boba too dense in texture and creaminess. Some people don’t like how silky and creamy some boba cafes create their boba to be. If you’re that person, like we said, 2% milk is something you should try if you haven’t already. There’s a big difference in textures between regular whole milk vs 2% milk. 

Skim Milk

Skim Milk

If you’re watching your calories or fat content, this is the perfect option. Otherwise known as non-fat milk, skim milk retains all the nutrients you’d want from whole milk or 2% milk but cuts out the fat content. 

Though it lacks a creamy texture with the absence of fat, it still has the same great flavor when added to your favorite boba flavor. If you’re addicted to boba but you’re watching your figure for that summer body, this must be your go-to milk alternative. 

Soy Milk

Soy Milk

If you’re one too avoid any animal products or dairy, soy milk will be your best bet so that you can still enjoy a great bubble tea! Being that soy milk is a great alternative to vegans, this allows for people to try boba for the first time even if you’re vegan. 

Also, even if you’re not vegan or watching for dairy products, soy milk is still a very popular alternative to milk and creamers. Soy milk might even be on par with how much oat milk is being ordered nowadays! 

Give it a try if you’re interested, here’s a well known brand if you want to use soy milk for your at home boba recipes. 

Organic Milk

Organic Milk

This is similar to whole milk but if you’re an advocate of fair animal raising, you will care deeply about using organic milks. Being that our view agrees that fair animal treatment is important, we wanted to include this in our article to bring some light on the subject. 

Fair animal treatment needs to continue making a step forward, let’s not mistreat our precious furry friends and neighbors! 

Coconut Milk 

Coconut Milk

Last one we promise. This is a curve ball compared to the other milk options above that we mentioned but this tastes just as good as the others! Being a tad different in texture and taste, coconut milk adds a unique profile to your favorite bubble teas.

Being on the sweeter side, coconut milk will definitely enhance your boba a bit more than it already is. With its nutty and sweet flavor, it pairs really well with thai milk tea or matcha milk teas! Here’s a very popular brand if you’re wondering what coconut milk might look like. 

There you have it, 8 popular milk or creamers that are usually served in your favorite boba cafes. Do you think we missed one that should be mentioned here? Please don’t be shy, let us know about it. We’re here to talk about boba anyways! 

Thanks for reading with us, if you’re interested in reading and learning more here’s an article about some unique boba flavors inspired from childhood Asian snacks. You might like it a lot! 

Talk Boba is the largest and most engaged boba community. With over thousands of readers and boba lovers engaging with us across many platforms, we strive to spread boba and the culture it’s brought with it. We’re here to just talk about boba, duh! And occasionally drink boba while doing so.

Talk boba
Best boba places in Oklahoma

Best Boba Places in Oklahoma

What are the best boba places in Oklahoma?Tao Cha CafeSip Boba and DessertsTeapioca LoungeBambu Desserts and Drinks Cafe BellaKoala Tea Babble Kung Fu Tea Let’s go into more detail

Read More...