Frog Spawn and Swamp Water Tea

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Introduction: Frog Spawn and Swamp Water Tea

About: It is my personal goal to learn how to do and/or make everything before I die. Just in case there is an apocalypse and I have to do it all myself.

Just in time for Halloween, here is a recipe sure to make your party guests want to toss their little bat-shaped cookies.

And it tastes, yummmm...

I created this recipe based on instructions for home-made bubble tea. However, instead of bubble tea tapioca (boba) which is black, brown, or white when cooked, I use standard white tapioca that you can get at the grocery store. It is colorless and translucent when cooked.

Tapioca pearls have NO flavor. Less, even, than tofu. That is why we add the extra sugar syrup.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

1 package of white dried tapioca pearls (large) Do not use instant tapioca by Minute Rice.
A jar of honey or corn syrup
Your favorite green liquid drink: Lime Kool-Aid, Green Tea, limeade, or, if you are over the legal drinking age....
Food Coloring, if desired

A stovetop
A medium saucepan
A mixing spoon
A strainer
A small mixing bowl
A small glass cup. The effect works best if the drinking vessel is clear. Small, because for a first-timer it is difficult to drink more than a small amount of it.
Big fat straws, at least 1/4 inch diameter. Big enough to suck up those little frog eggs.

Step 2: Soak and Cook Tapioca

You will need to soak the tapioca in room temp water overnight, so plan a day ahead. Once you do this, you simmer the tapioca pearls for 15 minutes in lots of water. At least 5 times as much water as tapioca.

Your tapioca package will have basic instructions, but they are usually for pudding. You need more water.

Once your 15 minutes is up, it will be a slimy, gooey mess. Rinse in warm water, transferring from the strainer to the mixing bowl several times, until the slimy goo is gone and you are left with translucent spheres that are about 1/4 inch in diameter.

Put them in a container and into the refrigerator to cool down. They will keep for 3 or 4 days.

Step 3: Prepare the Liquid

For this version, I will use green Kool-Aid. I am making one serving.

Mix up your green drink if it is a powder, add a tablespoon of honey or corn syrup. Put in some crushed ice, if desired. Stir well.

Step 4: The Concoction

Place several tablespoons of frog eggs in the bottom of the glass. They will clump together. They are kind of sticky.

Pour the sweet liquid swamp water in to half-full.

Stir to separate the little spheres.

Fill the glass to the top.

Add a little gummy frog, if you like.

Step 5: Drink It Up

Use the big fat straw to drink it up. You should get several frog eggs with each slurp. It is fun and strangely satisfying to watch them travel up the straw and feel them pop into your mouth.

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    you did a super job

    thank u so much my kids drank so much of it the other day

    I would just put water in a glass and put green food colouring in to it and stir it with a spoon and done

    I know the Herb is called Gillyweed, however the Three Broomsticks serves a drink called a Gillywater (McGonagall likes them.) I imagine this would be similar.

    in harry potter it is called gillywater.

    Love this! I can't wait to try it out next year.

    I was considering trying this with Mt. Dew but I was wondering if the carbonation would do anything weird to the tapioca. For example do you think it would make them bubble up to the top?

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    That's a very interesting idea.  Haven't tried it.  But it may make the tapioca pearls act like a lava lamp floating to the top, releasing their air bubbles, then sinking again.

    hey i was wondering if i added dry ice would it be foggy and still work

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    Yes that would work and be quite Halloweeny! I wonder if it might freeze the tapioca balls?  That might be kind of interesting.

    Perfect..I have a container of boba in my cupboard. Time to experiment.

    I see you have had bubble tea before!

    My bubble tea place closed down =(
    I went there SO much that i knew the names of the people who worked there by heart, and I had my own "The Usual"

    Coconut and vanilla with pearls

    I know! That's what I thought of instantly - bubble tea. Good idea to use the tapioca. The local chinese grocer sells it in a variety of colors. :)

    How is this swamp water? Where I grew up Swamp Water was hot water, cider vinegar and honey mixed together and then cooled. VERY refreshing on a hot summer's day over ice.

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    where i live swamp water is when you take every kind of pop in your house and mix it all together

    We use this concotion warm for sore throats and winter colds. Yummy. Or, if you don't have cider vinegar, lemon juice works just as well.

    Interesting. I have not heard of that drink. I was simply calling it swamp water to go with the frog eggs. ;)