Can Trader Joe’s New Instant Boba Kit Satisfy Your Boba Cravings?

We’ve all been there before. It’s late, possibly the middle of the night, and you’re already four hours deep into your chillin’ clothes. Yet, an unmistakeable feeling is gnawing at you…you’re craving boba.

Sadly, not all boba places are open late. And even if there is a place open, I don’t always have the energy to get myself out of the house once I’ve transitioned into my evening couch clothes. Well, my friends, Trader Joe’s has once again stepped up to the plate. They’ve released a new Instant Boba Kit to make this craveable concoction more accessible, 24/7. I tried it out in an attempt to answer the question: “Trader Joe’s Boba: Will It Midnight Snack?” Let’s find out.

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Trader Joe’s Instant Boba Kit

Right away, this kit gets some brownie points for including boba straws. That small yet important detail makes me feel like some love and care went into this product’s creation. The boba pearls are chewy and sweet, two things we look for in a good pearl. However, the instructions say to microwave the boba packets, which I did, and I’m not sure microwaving is the best method for this. It left the pearls a little too chewy for my liking and caused a great deal of the brown sugar syrup to overflow into the cup I used to heat it up––syrup that I had hoped would go into my drink. Overall, the whole thing got a bit messy and the microwave left the boba pearls with a bit of an overcooked texture, so I had to deduct a few points. In a break-glass-in-case-of-boba-emergency situation, I would say this would absolutely do the trick. But I really don’t feel that this product beats what you can get from a boba shop.

I would rather pay a little extra for some good ol’ fashioned delivery.




About the Author

Naajia Shukri

Naajia Shukri is the legit biggest fan of candy corn. She is interested in all things food, art, and beauty. After living in Korea for the past two years, she has gotten back to her L.A. roots, frequenting thrift stores and art museums.

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