Instant Boba Pack Brown Sugar by Boba Bam
$15.99 for 780g (12 x 65g sachets)
I first heard about this product from the @costcofindscanada Instagram account – which is a fantastic resource on learning about new and seasonal products. Boba Bam’s Instant Boba Pack Brown Sugar recently became available in the Canadian Costco locations and I knew I had to try it. It’s found in the freezer section, and the box was smaller than I had expected.
Inside the box is 12 sachets of the boba pearls with slushy, frozen syrup, and also 12 individually wrapped black bubble tea straws that can easily accomodate the pearls. I did try out the straw for my first try with the boba packets, but as I continue to drink through the rest of the box, I will likely use my reusable (rainbow metal!) boba/smoothie straw as it’s just easier to clean.
Each sachet of the Instant Boba Pack Brown Sugar consists of: water, brown sugar, starch, tapioca starch, modified tapioca starch, caramel colour, natural flavour, and cellulose gum.
The instructions from Boba Bam are for either the microwave or the stove, so I’ll go over both.
To microwave, cut the corner off of the sachet and microwave the sachet for 60 seconds (1 minute). Add the contents of the boba sachet to 1 cup of ice and 1 cup of milk (or alternative), then stir and enjoy.
Alternatively, boil the (sealed) boba sachet in a sauce pan with water for 3 to 5 minutes, add the contents of the boba sachet to 1 cup of ice and 1 cup of milk (or alternative), then stir and enjoy.
On the side of the preparation instructions, Boba Bam suggests also mixing with tea or a smoothie. Because it was my first time trying this, I opted to make it as suggested (in the microwave) – using a sugar-free, organic soy milk as my milk product.
The syrup from the boba sachet is sweet – it basically tastes like brown sugar, and mixing that with the milk just makes the milk tastes like brown sugar. The boba pearls are nice though – they’re sweet, chewy without being touch, and just a nice treat. The straw is the perfect diameter for the pearls, and the drink itself was tasty – if possibly just too sweet.
A Second Cup?
No second drinks with the same sachet contents, of course, but there are eleven other sachets for me to enjoy in the box.
My Overall Impression
I liked Boba Bam’s Instant Boba Pack Brown Sugar. The process of creating a bubble tea at home was super easy – all said and done, it was probably under 2 minutes from start to finish with getting it all put together in my cup. I think I would like to try it out in perhaps a slush or smoothie, or even mixing up a matcha latte or London Fog and having these boba pearls at the bottom. The other nice thing about this is the cost. At $1.33/each (plus the cost of milk and ice), it’s significantly cheaper than getting a bubble tea to-go (usually from $5+) so it could be some great cost savings if you’re always getting a bubble tea while out and about.