How Long Does Boba Milk Tea Last in the Fridge?

Boba milk tea, a variety of bubble tea, is gaining popularity across various parts of the world. It typically consists of tea blended with milk and chewy tapioca pearls, often sweetened to taste. This blend creates a fascinating flavor profile and a distinct texture that can be savored either hot or cold. Boba milk tea has become popular in Asia but has since spread to other countries due to its unique taste and versatility.

But how long does bubble tea last? From my personal experience, bubble tea can be refrigerated for 24-48 hours; however, the tapioca pearls will maintain their flavor and fresh, chewy texture for just 3-6 hours. This means that it is best to drink your boba milk tea within 2-3 hours of buying it if you wish to experience optimal taste and safety.

When I need to store my bubble tea in the fridge for longer than 6 hours or overnight, I’ve found that draining the pearls from the tea before storage works best. While you cannot enjoy the pearls with the beverage the following day, the tea will still taste great.

Boba milk tea

What About Vegan Bubble Tea?

Just like regular boba milk tea, vegan bubble tea can be stored in the fridge for up to 24-48 hours, with the tapioca pearls maintaining their chewiness for 3-6 hours before hardening and losing their desired texture. To ensure safety and enjoy the best taste, it’s best to drink vegan bubble tea within 2-3 hours of purchase.

Can You Drink Bubble Tea Two Days Later?

Generally, it is not advisable to drink bubble tea after two days. The tapioca pearls will likely have hardened and lost their original chewy texture. For optimal taste and safety, consuming your boba milk tea within 2-3 hours of purchase is best.

To store your tea for longer, remove the boba pearls and refrigerate it for up to 48 hours, but not beyond that.

How Do You Know if Bubble Tea Has Gone Bad?

To check if bubble tea has gone bad, look for signs such as a foul smell, off taste, or changes in appearance like separation or discoloration. Also, consider the texture of the pearls; fresh ones are chewy, while spoiled ones may be hard or slimy. Mold or unusual growths are definite indicators that bubble tea should be discarded.


Boba milk tea can be savored for up to 48 hours with proper storage. However, its tapioca pearls will remain fresh and chewy for only 3-6 hours after purchase. To ensure optimal taste and safety, consuming your boba milk tea within 2-3 hours of buying it is best. Or, drain the pearls if you need to store the tea longer than 6 hours.

Lastly, always watch for signs that indicate spoilage, such as discoloration, foul smell, or unusual growths, before consuming any bubble tea to avoid foodborne illnesses.


How Do You Keep Tapioca Pearls Soft Overnight?

Unfortunately, you can’t keep cooked tapioca soft overnight. However, you can reheat them after storing them in the fridge.

Can You Reheat Tapioca Pearls?

Yes, you can reheat tapioca pearls by using a steaming method. Follow these steps to rejuvenate your boba:

  1. First, remove the tapioca pearls from your beverage. Add water into a steamer, and heat until it boils.
  2. Put tapioca pearls onto a dish or plate, and then put it on the steamer’s rack or tray.
  3. Let the pearls steam for several minutes until they turn warm and soft.
  4. Give the tapioca pearls a couple of minutes to cool down before adding them back to your drink of choice. Enjoy!

Even though this method works, storing your cooked tapioca pearls only for a short time is best.

How to Make Boba Milk Tea?

Here’s a simple recipe for boba milk tea.

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