Summer is well and truly here, and while it’s all very well having sunny skies and warm temperatures, sometimes it’s just a little TOO hot. Phew! Don’t worry though – these watermelon boba popsicles will come to the rescue! Hong Kong and Taiwan are largely the inspiration behind this recipe, since the neighbourhood bubble tea store there is as ubiquitous as Tim Hortons is here.
This is such an easy recipe. You only need 4 ingredients to make it, and you likely have most of these ingredients at home already. The main ingredient in these popsicles is of course watermelon, one of the most refreshing fruits known to man (and woman!)
You might be faced with the choice of seeded or seedless watermelon in the store. While the black seed-in kind does tend to have a little more flavour, you can just grab whichever kind you see, since the watermelon is only one ingredient here, and it’s going to be frozen anyway. If you want to pick those little black seeds out though, you can get the traditional kind!
The Perfect Blend of Flavours
Coconut cream ensures a rich creaminess and there is something about coconut that just screams SUMMER IS HERE! Boba is, of course, tapioca pearls. They’re best known from bubble tea, but can also be used in popsicle recipes such as this one. Finally we are adding brown sugar to sweeten things up, and yes you can use white sugar if you prefer.
Why We LOVE Boba in Popsicles!
The boba works so well with the fruity watermelon and creamy coconut, adding a rather special dimension to these summer popsicles. Perhaps you are familiar with the bubble tea shops springing up all over the place, and their bubble tea – sweet fruity confections with gummy little tapioca balls you suck up through the wide straw. Well, boba can also be used in frozen desserts, adding a nice chewy texture.
So are all boba the same? Actually no. You can choose from various colours and even flavours. Boba comes in black, white, pink, multi-coloured, and many other shades. Any of these will complement your popsicles and add a wonderful gummy texture. Boba isn’t expensive – about $5 a pound, and if your local store doesn’t carry these little tapioca balls, you can order online.
There are other flavours of boba hitting the market, so you might want to get experimental. Green tea is a popular flavour, as is coffee (although maybe not the best choice here). You can also get fruit flavours. The plain kind are just fine to use in this recipe though.
A Different Kind of Sweet
If you want to minimize the amount of sugar for whatever reason, you can swap the brown sugar for your preferred sweetener. The amount used depends on which sweetener you are using, so just taste as you go, and add a little at a time. Other options to replace the sugar would include agave syrup and honey. Both of these are a little thicker, but would complement the gummy boba in the popsicles, so go ahead and take your pick of sweetener.
How to Cook Boba
Boba comes in ‘raw’ and ‘semi-cooked’ varieties, so make sure you know which one you have. This recipe assumes you’re using the semi-cooked type. Either way, as long as you boil them until they float, they are good. Taste one – if it’s soft enough but still gummy then it’s perfect. Else cook them a little longer. If you like your boba softer, and some people do, let the little balls sit in the hot water for 15 minutes before you add the cold water.
The other ingredients are of course widely available, especially during these sticky hot months when everyone is clamouring for sweet, refreshing watermelon. These popsicles are ideal for everyone in the family. The adults will love the sophisticated blend of fruit with cream, as well as the unusual gummy texture of the boba, while the kids will love them because, well because they’re popsicles and hey, what kid doesn’t love popsicles!
Watermelon Boba Popsicles Recipe
Watermelon Boba Popsicles
- 4 cups Watermelon (or about ½ a watermelon)
- 1 Can coconut cream
- 1/2 Cup tapioca pearls
- 4 Tbsp honey optional
- 1/3 cup brown sugar (can add more if you want sweeter)
- In a small pan, boil 2 cups of water. Add in the tapioca pearls and let it boil for5 minutes (or until they float). Turn off the heat and pour into another bowlof cold water. (note please adjust for your tapioca brand package instructions)
- Add in the brown sugar and stir.
- Divide boba into between the popsicle moulds. Divide the honey between the popsicle moulds. Set aside.
- Combine the watermelon and coconut cream in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in to the popsicle molds.
- Place in freezer for about 4 hours until set.
- Run the popsicle molds under hot water for half a minute, and then gently remove from the mold.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try these watermelon boba popsicles. I want to try kiwi/strawberry boba popsicles next.