Costco Instant Boba Packs - Boba Bam

Who doesn’t love an ice cold boba tea? Make yours at home today with Costco’s Boba Bam Instant Boba Kits!

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Boba Bam Instant Boba at Costco

Boba Bam Instant Boba 12 Packs can be found at Costco for $10.99. Each pack cost $0.92 each and can be found in the frozen food section near the ice cream. This is a great price for a home boba kit as boba drinks themselves can range in price from $4-$6. For 20% of the cost, you can have your own homemade brown sugar boba drinks whenever you like. 

For those who don’t know, boba tea or bubble tea is a drink that originated in Taiwan and is a cold tea accompanied by chewy tapioca balls. The most popular boba drink is the black pearl boba tea which consists of black tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink. The tapioca is chewy and sweet and what really separates a boba tea from another type of drink.

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Boba is made from the cassava root, boiled, and formed into small balls. The chewiness of the boba delivers a very satisfying mouth feel and is what makes this treat so unique. Typically boba requires 30 minutes or more of cooking time, but these instant boba packs from Costco bring the cook time down to 60 seconds! 

For this home kit, you will need to provide your own milk and ice to complete the drink, but the packs contain the boba, sweetener, and most importantly the straw. No boba drink can be complete without the straw and it’s a nice touch to create the authentic boba feel as well as to suck up the yummy tapioca balls.

There are no preservatives, no nuts, no gluten and these instant boba packs are vegan.

Boba Bam Instant Boba Pack First Impression

The packaging is made up of a neat little box with just enough marketing. Not everyone is going to know what Boba is or what to expect with this item, but I think the box does a good job clearing that up. The box provides a little bit of history and information on Boba and easily explains the preparation process with images.

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When you first open the box, all 12 boba packs are standing straight up, lined up like soldiers. The straws fill up the remaining space and keep the boba packs upright. Each pack is individually vacuum sealed and the presentation is beautiful. 

Each Boba pack weighs 2.3oz and includes the brown sugar sweetener and a conservative estimate of 30 boba balls. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were closer to 35 or even 40 boba balls per pack. Boba Bam is not skimping out on the boba.

Costco Instant Boba Heating Instructions

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Boba Bam makes these very convenient to make. The boba and sweetener need to be heated, and there are two different preparation options on the packaging. The easiest method will be in the microwave. 

Microwave

  1. Place it in a bowl and cut a sliver off the top of the packet to open it. 
  2. Microwave for 60 seconds.
  3. Combine the contents of the boba packet with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of ice.
  4. Stir contents and enjoy your ice cold instant boba.

Stove Top in Boiling Water

  1. Boil whole boba packet for 3-5 minutes
  2. Open and combine the packet with 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of ice.
  3. Stir contents and enjoy your ice cold instant boba kit from Costco. 

Boba Bam made it really easy to enjoy your homemade boba tea at home. It takes just a few minutes and a couple of simple and easy tasks to have your bubble tea ready to drink. I think the convenience of this product plays a big role in why it is sold in Costco.

Costco Boba Pack Review

It’s hard for me to justify paying $5 for a drink, so I don’t have boba often. My wife on the other hand is a boba regular (big time Boba Guys fan) and will get a boba tea as often as she can. So for me this was a nice, fun and affordable way to enjoy a boba tea drink. It’s a lot easier for me to enjoy a $1 drink than it is a $5 drink. Thanks Costco!

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I opted for the microwave method in preparing this boba drink. I don’t know if I see the benefit of heating the boba pack on the stove instead of the microwave. The microwave method took 1 minute and I simply had to cut the top off the boba pack and place the bag in the bowl.

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Microwaved Boba
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The rest of the preparation is just as easy. Pour the boba balls and the syrup into a cup of milk and ice. Stir, serve, and enjoy. I did just that and the results came out pretty darn good. 

The first thing I noticed was that the color of my boba drink was much lighter than the one shown on the box. The box showed a caramel brown boba drink while mine was in between a tan and white color. I originally thought I added too much milk and I remade the drink with exactly one cup as per the instructions. It didn’t change much and the color was still nowhere near the color of the box.

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While the color was off, the drink tasted great. It was appropriately sweet and the tapioca balls were chewy and delicious. Sometimes these drinks can be overly sweet, but that isn’t the case with Boba Bams Instant Packs. The ratio of sugar to milk was acceptable, and for someone like me who prefers a milder sweetness, I have the ability to add more milk to my drink. The nice thing about creating a boba drink at home, is the ability to truly customize the drink to my taste.

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Costco Boba Kit Nutritional Information & Ingredients

Costco Boba Nutritional Information

Boba in general is not considered to be healthy.  The drink is sweet and is a once in a while treat. 

Each of the boba packs from Costco will have 110 calories. The calories come only from 28g of carbs and 0g of fat or protein. This drink includes 18g of sugar all of which are added sugars. 

Obviously being pure sugar isn’t ideal, but much better than actual boba shops. Boba Guys’ classic milk tea can have up to 400 calories. They don’t show how much sugar is in each drink, and I think we all don’t want to know.

Boba Instant Pack Ingredients

  • Water
  • Brown sugar
  • Tapioca starch
  • Modified food starch 
  • Natural caramel color
  • Natural flavor 
  • Cellulose gum

Not the best ingredients. I only recognize water and brown sugar. I didn’t expect to see all whole ingredients on this list, so I’m not too concerned. It is interesting that natural flavor can be listed as an ingredient like that.

Final Thoughts

I love these Costco boba packs. They allow me to make a homemade version of a $5 boba for $1 and I can control exactly how sweet I want it. The boba packs are easy to make and don’t take up a lot of storage space in the freezer. The taste is on point and they don’t skimp out on the boba balls. Costco’s Boba Bam Boba Packs are a winner and at 25% the cost and 25% the calories of a store made boba, you can’t go wrong.

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  1. Fritz Okey April 24, 2022

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