This tasty chocolate milk tea, also called chocolate bubble tea, will be your new favorite boba flavor. It’s so easy to make, super chocolatey and delicious. Served over ice with fresh boba.
Even though the name implies this is a milk tea, there actually isn’t any tea in it. Unlike this mango milk tea or this taro milk tea, not all bubble tea drinks actually contain tea. This is one of those “teas”. The base is actually just milk and it is more of a dessert drink.
Why this is the best chocolate milk tea:
- You can make it as chocolatey as you like. When you are craving a little chocolate, this is such a satisfying treat to have. Not only is the milk chocolate flavored, but the boba are soaked in chocolate syrup. And if this drink doesn’t have enough chocolate for you, you can always add more chocolate syrup to your liking.
- There are no artificial powders. Other bubble tea recipes use store bought powders, which don’t taste as good as homemade versions and can be harder to find. This chocolate milk tea uses homemade chocolate simple syrup using only three ingredients.
- It’s easy and quick to make. You can make this homemade chocolate bubble tea in the time it would take you to go buy one in the store. You just need to cook the boba, and then mix everything together and your tea is ready to go.
- Chocolate Simple Syrup: This is the key ingredient for this drink. It is really easy to make with only three ingredients. You can make a large batch and store it to quickly make drinks in the future. However, you can use a store bought syrup if you prefer. You may need to adjust the amount you add depending on the type of syrup you buy.
- Milk: Use regular, 2% milk. If you want a non-dairy substitute, you can use almond milk or oat milk instead.
- Boba: Use quick cooking boba pearls if you can find them. If not, cook the boba according to the instructions on the package. You could also substitute regular black tapioca pearls for any other type you like, such as flavored popping boba.
How to make the chocolate simple syrup:
Whisk ¼ cup cocoa powder, ¾ cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar together until evenly combined. Heat this mixture on a saucepan over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature before using in your milk tea.
For full details, see the chocolate simple syrup recipe. This recipe will make extra simple syrup, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge to quickly make more drinks later on.
- Cover boba in syrup quickly. Make sure to add the boba to the teaspoon of chocolate syrup as soon as you finish running the cooked boba under water. This prevents them from clumping together. If left out too long by themselves, they will stick into a sticky mass of boba and you won’t be able to separate them.
- Make the boba fresh. The rest of the milk tea ingredients can be prepared in advance, but you have to make the boba fresh. Once cooked, boba only last a few hours before they are no longer good.
- Add cream for an extra creamy drink. If you want to make this drink more decadent, add a few tablespoons of cream. You could even add a dash of sweetened condensed milk for the ultimate creamy bubble tea. You may need to add a bit more chocolate simple syrup to balance out the extra cream.