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Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

May 5, 2012


I have a sweet tooth and I love Thai iced tea. In fact, I think it’s tragic when I find myself at a Thai restaurant around eight or nine o’clock in the evening, and I know that I won’t be able to sleep if I consume all of that caffeine and sugar (the sugar probably being the worse of the two). So instead I have to settle for having just one little sip of everyone else’s Thai iced teas at the table. Tragic.

If you share my 6pm-caffeine-cut-off woes, then maybe the best solution of all is to brew your own Thai iced tea at home, and drink it any time of day. The nice part is that you can make it a little healthier, by using just a bit of milk and maybe no sugar at all instead of the sweetened condensed milk. You can also simmer up your own boba (tapioca bubbles/pearls) at home. And the absolute best part of this plan? You can make Thai iced tea POPSICLES.

I discovered homemade plastic popsicle makers a long time ago, but the most creative thing I’d ever done with them before was probably mix two kinds of juice together. Mango and orange juice are nice together for example, and strawberry lemonade is another beverage with excellent popsicle potential. But none could compare to Thai iced tea popsicles. Creamy and sweet, with a subtle tea flavor, these popsicles take Thai iced tea to an icier natural conclusion.

They are the perfect treat for a summer afternoon. And afternoons are probably when you should be indulging in all of that caffeine and sugar anyway. Come to think of it, the smallish popsicle molds could help me with a little sugar- and caffeine-portion control. Assuming I eat only one.

Seriously. These popsicles are the greatest things since… Thai iced tea.


p.s. In case you’re curious, yes, I made one experimental popsicle with boba! The verdict? It looked better than it tasted.


Thai Iced Tea with Boba

(Serves 4)

~ 4 Tbsp. Thai tea, loose leaf, available at most Asian markets
~ 4-8 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
~ 1 cup boba (tapioca “bubbles” or “pearls”), available at most Asian markets
~ instead of sweetened condensed milk, add regular milk and maybe sugar


How to make it:

1. If you’re making boba, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, pour in a cup of dried boba pearls, then cover with a lid and lower the heat to medium. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, then scoop out or strain the boba through a colander and let cool just a bit.

2. Brew the tea: Use about 1 Tbsp. of tea leaves for each cup of tea you will brew. Pour hot water over the tea leaves, and let steep for 6-8 minutes before removing them. You can also brew Thai iced tea in a coffee maker using a filter, as you would with coffee. (And you can enjoy Thai tea either hot or cold!)

3. Ideally, you should let the tea cool down and/or stick it in the fridge. Then drizzle 1-2 Tbsp. of condensed milk into the bottom of each glass, and pour the tea over it. If you’re too impatient to let the tea cool down first, then you can add ice cubes after the condensed milk and pour the tea directly over the ice. (If using ice cubes, try to brew the tea on the strong side so that it doesn’t get too watered down.)


4. Stir well to mix the condensed milk into the tea. Add the boba last, several spoonfuls per glass of tea, and serve chilled with a straw. (There are thick straws designed specifically for slurping up tapioca pearls, but with a little suction, you can still use regular straws to spear each tapioca bubble.)

Print this recipe! (Thai Tea with Boba)

Thai tea leaves: a little orangey-reddish even before brewing.

Thai Iced Tea Popsicles

(Serves 4)

~ 4 Tbsp. Thai tea, loose leaf, available at most Asian markets
~ 1½-2 cups water (or 4-popsicle volume-of-liquid equivalent)
~ 8 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk

Special equipment:
~ Plastic popsicle mold

How to make it:

1. Brew the tea: Pour hot water over the tea leaves, and let steep for 6-8 minutes before removing them. You can also brew Thai iced tea in a coffee maker using a filter, as you would with coffee.

2. Drizzle condensed milk into a small pitcher or glass measuring cup with a good pouring spout. I use a higher condensed milk-to-tea ratio for the popsicles than for the drink, to make them sweeter and creamier.

3. Pour the tea over the condensed milk and stir to mix well. Then carefully pour the mixture into the popsicle molds.

4. Freeze overnight or until frozen solid. To remove popsicles, warm the outside of the mold with your hands or some running water. Enjoy on a sunny afternoon.

Print this recipe! (Thai Iced Tea Popsicles)

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211 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2012 8:55 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Wonderful !

  2. May 7, 2012 8:57 am

    Reblogged this on Bilafond's Blog and commented:
    Yummy, looks delicious and so colourful and healthy

  3. May 10, 2012 2:04 pm

    This is a lovely refreshing Popsicle treat – love it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. May 10, 2012 4:25 pm

    I adore Thai iced tea. Like you I’m bummed when it’s too late in the day to order it and there it is calling out to me from the menu. Making Thai iced tea into a popsicle…world rocked!

    • May 10, 2012 6:38 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t handle the pm caffeine/sugar-rush… And I know, these popsicles are pretty awesome… It might be weeks or months or never before I go back to making fruit juice ones.

  5. mjskit permalink
    May 10, 2012 6:20 pm

    I am such a sucker for Thai iced tea so these popsicles would be irresistible if they were in my freezer! Oh to heck with the sugar and caffeine – I could eat these anytime of the day or night!

    • May 10, 2012 6:41 pm

      They are irresistible! Lucky for me, Santa Barbara gets chilly in the evenings so I don’t crave midnight snack popsicles as much as in some other cities I’ve lived in… Otherwise I’d probably just go for it! Hope you can put some of these in your freezer soon.

  6. May 11, 2012 8:05 am

    I too must cut off all caffine consumption before 6pm… even earlier actually. Love the bubbles in the popsicles!

    • May 11, 2012 8:14 am

      Thanks! If only the boba still tasted good when frozen, but it’s all about the texture, which it loses when popsicle-ized. It was still fun to try!

  7. May 11, 2012 6:22 pm

    these look yum <3

  8. May 13, 2012 3:21 pm

    Oh, very summery! I might have to give that a try.

  9. May 13, 2012 8:02 pm

    Ok, I love Thai iced (and hot!) tea, so these Popsicles are definitely happening at my house this summer. But can we talk about this? Do those Popsicle sticks have a staw so you can suck up the melty part? THAT IS SO GENIUS! I need them. Can you tell me where you found yours or what they’re called?

    • May 14, 2012 9:12 am

      YES! They do! And as a slow eater (who sometimes even needs a bowl to eat an entire popsicle) I agree that it’s pure genius to add a straw. I honestly can’t even remember where I bought my beloved little sets of 3 popsicle molds (pink, green, yellow), but I bought the slightly bigger set of 4 (primary colors) more recently at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I think.

  10. May 21, 2012 9:04 am

    Looks good. The boba freak me out a little.

    • May 21, 2012 10:40 am

      Yeah, boba definitely has a unique (/chewy) texture… you can always leave them out– it’s even easier that way!

  11. nazarioartpainting permalink
    May 21, 2012 9:15 am

    Mmh! Delicious and fresh for this summer.

  12. May 21, 2012 9:19 am

    They look delish! I like to make mine with low-fat vanilla yogurt, tossing in whatever fruit is available (strawberries, peaches, blueberries, etc.) I like Thai tea, too, so I’m definitely going to try that. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    • May 21, 2012 10:42 am

      Thanks! And that’s a great idea to mix vanilla yogurt with fruit in popsicles; I’ll have to give that a try!

      • May 21, 2012 11:15 am

        Enjoy! Made with vanilla yogurt, they are both delicious AND healthy. It’s even better if you combine two kinds of fruit in them, such as strawberry/banana or peach/mandarin orange.

  13. May 21, 2012 9:21 am

    Mmm, how lovely! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. :)

    • May 21, 2012 10:43 am

      Thank you! : ) Still haven’t figured out quite how that happened (with this post, today), since this is one from two weeks ago, but if more people can discover Thai iced tea popsicles this way, then I’ll take it! ; )

  14. May 21, 2012 9:23 am

    I’ve never had Thai iced tea, but it’s so pretty–does the tea give it that orange color? I always assumed it had mango juice in it or something.

    • May 21, 2012 10:45 am

      Yes, it’s just the tea itself that has the bright orange color (even before brewing, the tea leaves look a bit reddish)… no added fruit juice or anything!

      • May 22, 2012 9:55 am

        Actually, it looks like I was wrong about that! I just got curious and looked on Wikipedia, and it says: “Other ingredients [of Thai tea] may include added orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind seed or red and yellow food coloring.” So I guess you weren’t far off with the mango hypothesis after all!

        (But it’s definitely not a matter of adding juice or food coloring to the already-brewed liquid drink; if there are any natural food dyes in the tea, they are already mixed in with the dry loose tea leaves.)

  15. May 21, 2012 9:48 am

    These look incredible!

  16. May 21, 2012 9:53 am

    Oh what a pretty chai! I’m not really a popsicle person but these looks adorable. Maybe I’ll try with more black pearls!

    • May 21, 2012 10:52 am

      Thanks! I love being able to make Thai iced tea at home, black pearls and all : )

  17. May 21, 2012 9:54 am

    Looks delicious! Can you just deliver one to me and we can sit on my deck and eat them?

  18. May 21, 2012 9:57 am

    This looks delicious! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  19. May 21, 2012 10:29 am

    I would never have thought to freeze Thai tea. A great idea. Thank you! :)

    • May 21, 2012 10:58 am

      Thanks! I already love popsicles and make my own regularly, so it was bound to occur to me at some point!

      • May 21, 2012 11:06 am

        Well, you have inspired me and I will be purchasing some popcicle holders this week. ;) Peace,

  20. Ilayda Ozsan permalink
    May 21, 2012 10:41 am

    Reblogged this on Sağlıklı Ye Mutlu Yaşa and commented:
    Great idea!

  21. May 21, 2012 11:01 am

    Cool and refreshing. Thanks for sharing this great idea. connie

  22. fireandair permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:03 am

    I LOVE thai tea. You know, you can make ice cream with it, too. Filter out the tea through a strainer so you can get a couple tablespoons of the powderiest stuff — and watch it, because it will turn your entire kitchen counter orange if you aren’t careful. Heat up the cream/milk with the tea in it, and put it in the fridge to cool down. Sugar, flaked coconut, and raisins in the mix, and wham — thai tea flavored ice cream. It’s heaven.

    • May 21, 2012 5:56 pm

      oh my god… Allison! We have to try this!!

      • fireandair permalink
        May 22, 2012 9:33 am

        Don’t blame me when it takes over your life. It’s insanely delicious …

      • May 22, 2012 9:39 am

        We do have to try this! And I promise I won’t blame you when it takes over my life : )

      • fireandair permalink
        May 23, 2012 9:02 am

        Dug through my recipes — here you go, do this in one of those 1.5qt ice cream makers:

        a cup of milk
        two cups of heavy cream
        3/4 cup of sugar
        2 tsp vanilla
        a tablespoon of very powdery thai tea
        a half cup of raisins
        a cup of flaked coconut

        Heat the milk and put the tea in it, then let it cool completely in the fridge before you start to make it. Don’t strain the tea out; you don’t need to. Add the raisins and coconut in the last five minutes or so or processing.

      • May 23, 2012 9:29 am

        Yay, thanks for finding your recipe! I’ve actually never made ice cream before, but this seems like a pretty awesome idea for my first try. New goal for the summer!

    • May 21, 2012 10:41 pm

      Wow, now THAT sounds awesome! I’d love to try making Thai iced tea ice cream at some point soon!

  23. missflamboyante permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:15 am

    This looks interesting and delicious – the bubble tea is quite new where I am from (Austria) and I just tried it recently and was really pleased. The popsicles seem to be even more refreshing…

    • May 21, 2012 10:42 pm

      Yes, the popsicles are even better on a hot day! It’s just too bad the bubble part works better in the drink than frozen…

  24. May 21, 2012 11:43 am

    I love making Popsicle! I will definitely try this.

  25. May 21, 2012 11:45 am

    In a word, genius. And a few more, congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  26. May 21, 2012 12:06 pm

    I think I just died a little.

    Please, open a shop.

    • May 21, 2012 10:45 pm

      : ) Wish I could; that sounds like more fun than grad school…

  27. May 21, 2012 12:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Autumnus Et Matutinus and commented:
    I LOVE Thai Iced Tea!

  28. Scott permalink
    May 21, 2012 12:49 pm

    Unfortunately, I can’t drink Thai tea–the spices give me digestive problems. But I have tried it before, and it was delicious–so those look wonderful! I’d like to see the same thing done with Lapsang souchong tea (my favorite of all)–that I could eat!

    • May 21, 2012 10:47 pm

      That’s a good idea! I hadn’t heard of Lapsang souchong tea, but will have to give it a try one of these days…

  29. Ama J permalink
    May 21, 2012 1:39 pm

    Dear lord how did this never occur to me. You are genius, praise you! Hopefully I can get a chance to try them soon. <3 So excited.

  30. May 21, 2012 1:55 pm

    I love that you didn’t use extra sugar- will definitely try this in the summer (mind you, summer in Europe, which may be a while). Thank you!

    • May 21, 2012 10:49 pm

      Yes, well the sweetened condensed milk is pretty sweet as it is! Sugar would definitely be overkill on top of that… but the nice thing is that you can use as much or as little condensed milk as you want, and adjust your popsicles for the right sweetness.

  31. Megy permalink
    May 21, 2012 2:14 pm

    Looks amazing!

  32. May 21, 2012 2:36 pm

    I love Thai iced tea! Thank you for the great idea.

  33. absinthewilde permalink
    May 21, 2012 2:52 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t been able to find Thai tea that isn’t already prepared but maybe I need to do a double take.

    • May 21, 2012 10:51 pm

      Yes, definitely check around at local Asian markets (I found a big bag of Thai tea leaves for $4.99), or else I bet you could find it online somewhere!

  34. May 21, 2012 2:59 pm

    Vancouverite hère. I love bubble tea, but making the pearls is labour intensive, and bubble tea is on every corner. But a bubble tea *popsicle* is a fantastic idea!

    • May 21, 2012 10:53 pm

      True! The pearls are definitely an extra when I’m making Thai tea at home– When I’m not making popsicles, I usually just make it without pearls, and often just with regular milk and sugar instead of sweetened condensed milk. You’re lucky to live somewhere where there’s bubble tea on every corner though! (I love Vancouver…)

  35. May 21, 2012 3:15 pm

    I’ve never had Thai iced tea before… I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in Scotland! Now I really, reeeaaaaally want some!!! And wouldn’t say no to these delicious looking things either..!

    • Mama Zay permalink
      May 21, 2012 10:37 pm

      We have bubble tea stands down here in Manchester if you’re ever down this way :-)

      • May 21, 2012 10:54 pm

        Nice! Hope you can find some! (Or try looking for Thai tea leaves online?)

  36. May 21, 2012 3:43 pm

    And now all I want is a Thai Iced Tea!

  37. bella permalink
    May 21, 2012 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on I write my own story. and commented:
    Saw this at Lim Chhour the other day. Milk tea popsicles with bubbles! :)

  38. whatgoodcrafts permalink
    May 21, 2012 4:17 pm


  39. May 21, 2012 4:25 pm

    Clever! I’m mad about thai iced tea. I was freshly pressed recently too, it made my blog happy. Congratulations.

    • May 21, 2012 10:55 pm

      Thanks! And yeah, it was very unexpected (especially because this was a post from two weeks ago…) and it totally made my day : )

  40. May 21, 2012 4:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Wünderbloggen and commented:
    I Freaking LOVE Thai Iced Tea and have never thought of it in Popsicle form but now that I have, I can’t think of anything else. I WANT TO HAVE NOW!

  41. May 21, 2012 4:32 pm

    Brilliant. I’ve never thought about Thai iced tea in Popsicle for but now it’s all I CAN think about.

  42. May 21, 2012 4:52 pm

    looks delish!!

  43. May 21, 2012 5:02 pm

    Gosh this looks good. Cheers for the post and congratulations on freshly pressed.

  44. Tipani permalink
    May 21, 2012 5:07 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    omg… I definitely want to make these!!!

  45. May 21, 2012 5:19 pm

    Totally dreamy — great idea!

  46. May 21, 2012 5:43 pm

    I just need a hot day to try these out….and believe me in Texas we have plenty on their way

  47. seekingshanghai permalink
    May 21, 2012 5:56 pm

    Reblogged this on seekingshanghai and commented:
    Excited for summer treats

  48. May 21, 2012 5:59 pm

    Best idea ever.

  49. May 21, 2012 8:12 pm

    Sounds delicious, I’ve been in a popsicle mood lately, and summer is here early! I would love to try this one!

  50. May 21, 2012 8:21 pm

    My sister loves tea and I never thought about making Popsicles out of them. I have to make this one day and see what my family thinks.

  51. theclassyanarchist permalink
    May 21, 2012 8:23 pm

    I usually stick to beauty / skin care blogs, but damn I had to comment on this! Looks so tasty and refreshing!! :)

  52. May 21, 2012 8:27 pm

    Is there a way to identify Thai tea in Asian markets? I LOVE Thai tea.

    • May 21, 2012 11:02 pm

      The bag I bought actually has the words “Thai Tea” clearly printed on it. (The brand is “Taste Nirvana,” but I’m sure there are plenty of other brands, too.)

  53. May 21, 2012 8:38 pm

    A way fun blog post!

  54. May 21, 2012 9:33 pm

    Really cool idea! I love thai iced tea too. It would also make great ice cream i bet.

    • May 21, 2012 11:02 pm

      Yes, someone commented above explaining how to turn it into ice cream– such a good idea too; I’d love to try it!

  55. May 21, 2012 9:34 pm

    This is so creative. I love it! I was thinking of adding some lemongrass to bring out the Thai flavors.

    • May 21, 2012 11:04 pm

      That could be good… I actually love plain old lemongrass tea. One of my friends in Japan has a lemongrass plant on her balcony, and she chops up a stalk of it occasionally to steep as hot tea. Very soothing and delicious.

  56. mizlauren permalink
    May 21, 2012 9:59 pm

    I need this, like, right now! I really should stop looking at recipes after the stores close…

    • May 21, 2012 11:05 pm

      Uh oh… I have that problem too! (Also, looking at food blogs once I’m already practically too hungry to cook a real dinner…)

      • mizlauren permalink
        May 22, 2012 12:29 am

        The worst (but I really mean best) is

  57. May 21, 2012 10:29 pm

    Looks so yummy!

  58. Mama Zay permalink
    May 21, 2012 10:33 pm

    Bubble tea has been my obsession for the past few days, will be blogging about it soon!
    I use matcha green tea to get away from the caffeine. It’s so yummy! Will deffo be making ice lollies(British for popsicles).
    What I do is use hot tea and mix it up with ice and milk/cream in a cocktail shaker.
    My 2yr old loves green tea too.

    • May 21, 2012 11:07 pm

      That sounds tasty! I love matcha, and other Japanese green teas. (I think matcha green tea still has caffeine too, but maybe just a different type/amount… Green tea usually has less caffeine than black tea at any rate.)

  59. lijiujiu permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:01 pm

    Great post!
    Summer is coming, and I believe that the Tea Popsicles will be very popular…

  60. May 21, 2012 11:02 pm

    These sound like a dream for me!

  61. May 21, 2012 11:35 pm

    This looks yummy. The AC is not working in my room, it’s so damn hot here in india and looking at the photos makes my mouth water. I will definitely try this.

  62. wardenfree permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:36 pm

    so delicious! I really want to try !
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  63. May 22, 2012 12:51 am

    Omg my favorite tea in my favorite dessert form! Edible bliss!

    • May 22, 2012 9:51 am

      Edible bliss indeed! That’s a nice way to describe it. : )

  64. The Pencil Pirouette permalink
    May 22, 2012 12:53 am

    I love cha yen too!

  65. May 22, 2012 5:22 am

    Super refreshing thought, especially now that summer is here :) at last!

  66. May 22, 2012 6:24 am

    I’m lusting for these for two reasons: my apartment is overly warm right now, and I love just about anything Thai. Looks incredible!

  67. cassammo permalink
    May 22, 2012 8:17 am

    Thanks for sharing. Will try this..

  68. May 22, 2012 8:18 am

    Reblogged this on ammo's Blog and commented:
    Found this while checking out my mobile press app.. a nice pick

  69. May 22, 2012 8:29 am

    what an absolutely delicious idea!! also, i used to go to this BYOB Thai restaurant where the owner would not let us order Thai iced tea if we had brought wine with us. she said the combination would curdle in your stomach and you would have terrible indigestion! don’t know if it’s true (never tried it, at her behest) but something to keep in mind!

    • May 22, 2012 9:52 am

      Wow, I’ve never heard that. It seems a little unlikely… Luckily I (usually) only have Thai iced tea in the afternoons and (usually) only have wine in the evenings : )

  70. May 22, 2012 8:43 am

    Mmmmmmmm, Mai Tai—I mean Thai Iced

  71. May 22, 2012 9:00 am

    Thanks for sharing, lovely

  72. May 22, 2012 9:31 am

    quite interesting and looks cool …to kill the summer :)


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