It’s so hot today! A slushie or a boba or both is a great idea to cool down after a warm lunch. Summer is obviously on its way. It’s only the 3rd of May yet the sun is scorching. We can’t stop the hot weather from coming and honestly, I’ve been waiting for it the whole winter. Although I hide inside the house during winter and summer when the weather is at extremes I would still prefer warm days. We just need to hydrate more and avoid the peak of the hot hours. Typically for us on the East coast and I bet everywhere else aside from the North and the South Poles, the peak of the sun is at noon between 12:00PM to 4:30PM. You get really burnt if you’re not wearing sunscreen. If you are at the beach it makes it worse so please wear sunscreen but make sure it’s all organic and try to avoid sunscreen with oxybenzone and those other ingredients you can barely pronounce. Sunscreen is more carcinogenic than you previously thought so please consider staying in during very hot hours instead of slathering yourself with sunscreen. It’s not good for your eyes anyway unless you don’t forget to bring sunglasses.
This boba slushie reminds me of the chocolate milkshake from Bristol (England) on top of Park St. There was this place selling very yummilicious milkshakes in a huge slushie container. A friend of mine introduced me to it. I never forgot about it after that because it wasn’t only delish it was so milky yet you could still taste the bitterness of real cocoa. That made my day after climbing up the worst street in Bristol. Park Street is still the easiest route to the university at that time for me. Later on, I found alternative routes but you have to walk longer which was never an option for me. However, I wanted to save some money and practice walking on elevated areas to help my asthma heal. It got worse when I came to Bristol because the weather is just terrible. Cold, wet, gloomy, hilly, and deprived of sunlight. When I was climbing up I always looked forward to sitting in Starbucks and drink my hot coco because that was my only refuge from the harsh weather and arduous climb. This slushie boba is my way of reminding myself how much I worked hard to finish my studies. It was a long journey to having my husband and Sofia in my now more relaxed life. So, here you are, enjoy your lunch and Glory be God!
blender or food processor
mixing bowl (small)/ a drinking glass
Chocolate Slushie Ingredients
3 heaping tablespoon Hershey’s cocoa
1 cup warm water
1/4-1/2 cup honey (raw/unfiltered is also fine)/any organic substitute
20 ice cubes
Boba Pearls (Optional)
8oz uncooked/cooked pearls (large/small)
1 cup honey/organic brown cane sugar (dark/medium/light)
5-6 cups water
In a mixing bowl/cup or drinking glass, pour warm/hot water, mix slushie ingredients with a spoon until honey/raw brown sugar is melted completely. Set aside. Put the ice cubes in the blender. With the “pulse” setting crush the ice until almost fine. Add the cocoa-honey/brown sugar mixture into the crushed ice and turn on the “whip” mode. Pour the chocolate slushie into a mug or container of your choice and then top with tapioca pearls OR put tapioca pearls in the mug/container then add the chocolate slushie on top of the pearls. Easy and yummy!
If you have tapioca sago that needs cooking just boil it for 30 minutes. Let it cool down completely then cook again for 15-25 minutes with 3-4 cups of water. You want to add more water so the pearls can cook properly and the middle part is not raw. Then you can add honey for sweetness.
If you like using sugar instead, just use a brown cane sugar. And if you want the pearls soaked to a tender texture just like what you get from the boba stores, boil the pearls from the beginning with 1 cup of organic brown sugar and 3-5 cups of water. Let the water evaporate then cool down. Cook again for 15 more minutes. Cool down and use with cold drinks.
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