If You Love Bubble Tea, You Need to Try This Jelly Drink Hack

Did you know you can make an imitation bubble tea with gummy candies? It's an easy and fun hack.

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Few drinks are more fun than bubble tea. Also known as boba tea, the Taiwanese tea drink flavored with milk or fruit along with tapioca balls at the bottom has grown very popular in the United States over the past decade. But one sticking point to making bubble tea at home remains: finding tapioca pearls in stores or having them on hand. Fear not, bubble tea fans. A faux bubble tea hack has gone viral. A delicious jelly drink made with gummy candies instead of tapioca pearls is popping up all over social media.

What Is the Jelly Drink That’s a Bubble Tea Hack?

The bubble tea hack has been popularized by TikTok creator William Seng, whose latest jelly drink video has more than three million views. The jelly drink is very simple with three ingredients: gummy candies, boiling hot water and some kind of milk product.

@williamsengg I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the jelly drink I made for my girlfriend so here’s my favorite version and all the tips and tricks for making it ✨ hope it helps #jellydrink #williamsengg #fyp #xyzbca ♬ the one that got away – el

How Do You Make The TikTok Jelly Drink?

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The formula is somewhat less than a formal “recipe” and it’s flexible. You really can use any gummy candy in any flavor, though classic gummy bears or gummy worms work really well. You can also use pretty much any dairy drink from milk to yogurt drink to kefir to Japanese Yakult. Like William Seng, I used Hot Kid Milk Drink, which I bought at my local Asian grocery store.

@williamsengg some of you might remember me as the jelly drink guy when i first made it last year and it went viral unexpectedly 😳✨ . and a lot of you asked me if this is halal, well this one is halal for sure ✨ hope yall like this . #jellydrink #williamsengg #fyp #xyzbca #trend #viral ♬ OMG – NewJeans

Ingredients and Tools

  • A handful of gummy candies
  • Boiling water
  • Milk, yogurt drink or other milk-based beverage
  • Metal straw, spoon or knife
  • Glass


Step 1: Melt the gummy candy

Grab a handful of gummy candies and put them in a glass that can withstand heat. Pour enough boiling water over the gummy candies to cover them, about twice as much water to the gummies. Stir until the candies dissolve.

Step 2: Chill the melted candies

Place the glass with the liquidized gummy candies into the refrigerator overnight, or for at least five hours, until the mixture solidifies.

Step 3: Add the milky beverage on top and stab the jelly

Pour milk, yogurt drink or other milky drink on top of the solid gummy candy. With your metal straw or spoon, break up the solid gummy candy into tiny little chunks and mix together with the milk. Seng suggests that you should “stab that jelly a million times before drinking it.” Enjoy the jelly drink with a straw.

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