These are the best boba jelly toppings starting with the most popular choice. They will be ranked in order from top to bottom and numerically.
The jellies are already pre-cut into small cubes to fit into bubble tea as a substitute for tapioca pearls, or other boba toppings.
1. Grass Jelly
This is the most popular boba jelly topping of all the jellies, as it was mentioned the most as the go to jelly for boba drinks above all else. It has a mild taste compared to the other jellies, with some herbal qualities in flavor.
2. Lychee Jelly
Lychee jelly is mentioned a lot among boba lovers, because it can be mixed in combination with many fruit flavored boba teas. The jelly is really sweet, so it works well for unsweetened tea flavors.
Aloe vera jelly is a topping that works well with fruit teas too. Aloe vera is naturally bitter to the taste, but these have been sweetened with sugars a bit for that reason, giving them a nice honey flavor.
Rainbow jelly for bubble tea is often used in combination with other fruit flavors, but more so than the aloe vera. It has a mixture of fruit flavors (mango, lychee, and strawberry) and a slight coconut taste.
Boba jellies are excellent in combination with fruit teas and unsweetened teas. They can be placed at the bottom of brewed teas to add unique flavors to teas and juices.
There are many other flavors besides the four listed here like strawberry and mango coconut, which you can check out in the bubble tea jellies section. These flavors however, weren’t mentioned amongst the boba jelly fans as much.
The jellies are like jello in texture, but a bit more firm, yet softer than cooked tapioca pearls. If a softer texture to bubble tea drinks is desired, these are a great choice. It is like an Asian version of jello.
This means that it is best to chew the jelly, rather than trying to swallow the pieces whole.
The jellies also have less calories than the original tapioca pearls, so they can make a healthier bubble tea option.
Boba jellies have to be refrigerated; and can be frozen too without losing any of the quality when they are thawed again, which is a plus.
How to Make Grass Jelly With Powder
The grass jelly seems to be the main pick of them all when it comes to a mild all around addition to any boba tea.
There is even a grass jelly powder mix made just for creating it:
To make grass jelly from the powder, it takes around 2 cups of water for every 1/4 of a cup of the powder mixed with it. This can be done without the grass jelly syrup.
It will come out pretty firm, but adding more water will make the grass jelly softer, so you can adjust as needed.
The water will have to be boiled in a pot first before adding the grass jelly powder. After this, hot water is taken off of the heat, and the powder is added. The mixture then cools at room temperature.
What is the jelly called in bubble tea?
The jelly in bubble tea is often called boba jellies, jelly toppings, and just plain jelly. The name comes from how the topping looks, which every flavor resembles a piece of jelly usually in the shape of a rectangle in bubble tea drinks.
This is not the same thing as popping pearls, which look like jelly, but actually do not have a jelly-like texture. The popping pearls come in different colors, is shaped like a sphere, and have juices encased within the edible spear, unlike jelly boba.
They are not the same thing as boba pearls either, which go by the name “tapioca pearls” as well. These are also shaped like spheres but do not have a jelly-like texture like boba jellies. The texture is more of a soft chewy texture than anything else.
What is boba jelly made of?
The ingredients of boba jelly is mainly coconut meat, a plant called konjac, and the flavor of the boba jelly. This flavor can be lychee, mango, or strawberry for example.
The konjac is a root vegetable that looks very similar to a coconut in its color, shape, and outer layer. The plant has leaves, but this is not the part that is eaten. Instead, the plant is dug up, and the root, once it has grown, is taken from the plant and made into many Asian dishes. It is made into a dough first, and then cut up.
The taste of konjac is pretty bland, but it does have a hint of saltiness. Another name for konjac is ‘elephant yam’. It is grown in the Asian regions. It is popular because it is a root vegetable with low carbs and calories.
The boba jelly is high in fiber since it is made from konjac, and it has many health benefits associated around digestion.
Boba jellies are gluten-free and vegan, since they are made of both fruits and vegetables. They are yet another good substitute for tapioca pearls that are enjoyed in bubble tea drinks and food/desserts too.
Can you buy boba jelly?
Boba jellies can be bought from bubble tea suppliers online, but are predominantly bought from Amazon. There are many different suppliers that sell them, and some of them have flavors for the jelly boba that other suppliers don’t carry or have.