Japanese Ice Cream and Tea

Green Tea Ice Cream




Always looking for the next great ice cream flavor,  I discovered green tea ice cream a couple of years ago. It is truly a unique dessert treat.

Green tea ice cream originated in Japan and has long been a favorite. Although it is not one of the most popular flavors in the United States, it has actually been available here for over forty years. There are a few stores that stock this flavor from Haagen-Dazs. I have found it at some but not all of the HEB stores and Randall stores in the Houston area.

But honestly to really get the best, make your own. It’s simple to make and worth the extra effort.

So this is a great time to discover the wonderful green tea ice cream. If you’re not ready to make your own, check out Haagen-Dazs. It’s not available in every location but they keep adding stores.

Just a few ingredients, a good ice cream maker, some ice cream bowls and spoons and you’re ready to celebrate.


This is my favorite recipe because it is so simple and the result – fantastic!


3/4 cup milk

2 egg yolks

5 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup heavy cream whipped

1 tbsp matcha green tea powder

3 tbsp hot water


Serves: 4-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3-4 hours


Mix hot water and green tea powder in a bowl and set aside. Lightly whisk egg yolks in pan. Add sugar to the yolks and mix well. Gradually add milk to egg mixture, mix well. Heat the mixture over low heat stirring constantly until thickened. When thickened, remove from heat. Place bottom of pan in ice water and cool mixture. Add the green tea mixture to the egg mixture, mix well while cooling pan in ice water. Add heavy whipped cream to mixture and stir gently. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and freeze, following the instructions on the ice cream maker.




*VANILLA is the most popular ice cream flavor

*AMERICA is the ice cream capital of the world

*ICE CREAM is a multi-billion dollar industry

*STRAWBERRIES are the most popular fruit added to ice cream

*PECANS are the most popular nut added to ice cream



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Bubble Tea is also known by several other names and originated in Taiwan over thirty years ago.  Bubble Tea is a combined drink/snack and is now enjoyed around the world.

The first Bubble Tea or Boba was made from black tea, small tapioca pearls, condensed milk and a sweetener.  There are now numerous variations of this taste treat and, of course, Green Bubble Tea is one of the popular blends.  There are tea houses that actually specialize in Bubble Tea and its many variations.

It turns out that not all tea houses or coffee shops serve Bubble Tea; this means learning to make Green Bubble Tea at home.  Not only will this enable you to enjoy this treat any time, but it will also save you money.  Another great advantage of making your own Green Bubble Tea is the control over the ingredients.   While Bubble Tea is meant to be a treat, it can be modified to enhance the health benefits of the green tea.

Everything you need to prepare and serve Green Bubble Tea is readily available online at a very reasonable price.


Part of the fun and enjoyment of Bubble Tea is experimenting and creating your own version of Green Bubble Tea.

You’ll need the following basic ingredients: chilled cooked large tapioca pearls, chilled strong green tea, milk, crushed ice, sweetener or fruit.  You can change the green tea blend for variation (for example, Spiced Green Tea, Apricot Green Tea, etc.) and the type of milk can be changed (for example, whole milk, non-fat milk, etc.).  These changes can alter the taste and the caloric intake.  You can also experiment with different sweeteners: sugar, honey, or fruit.  There are so many options available, you’ll soon have several unique Green Bubble Tea recipes to delight and surprise your friends.

The easy way to begin the creation of your Green Bubble Tea is the purchase of a complete starter kit.  Follow the directions with the product and enjoy.  I have found the best price prices for starter kits online.



For those ready to spend a little time and make your own Green Bubble Tea recipe, this will get you started:

You will need:

½ cup chilled, cooked tapioca pearls
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup strong chilled green tea (your choice)
1 cup milk (your choice)
Honey, sugar or fruit (sweeten to taste)

Make the Bubble Tea:

Please the tapioca pearls in a parfait glass, combine tea, milk, sweetener and ice in cocktail shaker and shake until frothy.  Pour mixture into glass over tapioca and serve with the extra thick Bubble Tea straw.

Makes one 16 ounce drink.




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