#VIRAL: Easy, cheap milk ‘TEApid’ hacks

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photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting's Facebook post

It is indeed that Pinoys are creative and innovative in nature; even when it comes to drinks!

Due to the growing population of milk lovers in the Philippines, Nestea has launched a new variety of instant drink mixes: the milk tea drink mix that you should not miss! With the power of advertising in all levels on various platforms, this drink mix has left the demand rising as days pass by.

Now, being it mainstream on social media, a post from Mr. Ralph Ting—who is currently working at Nestlé—went viral because of his “ULTIMATE MILK #TEApid HACKS,” using the Nestea Milk Tea products.

HERE ARE YOUR ULTIMATE MILK #TEApid HACKSTry out the following #TEApid recipes and save as much as 89% as compared to…

Posted by Ralph Ting on Friday, October 13, 2017

In his post, he proposed such hacks with a guarantee of saving as much as 89% of their money compared to purchasing other identical drinks in the market. With the easy-to-access, step-by-step procedures placed on each photo as captions, the netizens found it cool and are encouraged to indulge in making these brand-new and low-cost gimmicks.

As is as it is, here are the instructions he has given through the post:

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post
Milk Tea with Black Pearls

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add pearls** in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Enjoy!

**I made a separate instruction on how to make the pearls and where I bought it. Kindly look for the photo below.

COST per serve: 11 pesos only. Save 89-90%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post

Thai Milk Tea with Ripe Mango (surprisingly good!)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add diced ripe mango in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Enjoy!

COST per serve: 27 pesos. Save 73%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post

Wintermelon/Hokkaido/Thai Milk Tea with sinkers and Rock Salt and Cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add pearls or grass jelly in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Add rock salt and cheese**
6. Enjoy!

**I made a separate instruction on how to make the rock salt and cheese. Kindly look for the photo below.

COST per serve: 18 pesos. Save 82%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post
Milk Tea with Nata de Coco

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add nata de coco in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Enjoy!

COST per serve: 15 pesos. Save 85%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post
Dark Wintermelon with Coffee Jelly

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add coffee jelly** in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Enjoy!

**I made a separate instruction on how to make and where to buy the coffee jelly. Kindly look for the photo below.

COST per serve: 14 pesos. Save 86%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post

Milk Tea with Grass Jelly

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put 1 liter of water in a shaker, combine 4 sachets of milk tea and shake until the milk tea is dissolved.
2. Add grass jelly** in a 250ml glass
3. Pour milk tea
4. Add ice.
5. Enjoy!

**I made a separate instruction on how to make and where to buy the grass jelly. Kindly look for the photo below.

COST per serve: 11 pesos. Save 89%.

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post

ROCK SALT AND CHEESE RECIPE for NESTEA MILK TEA

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Nestlé thick cream – chilled (don’t freeze)
1/2 cup cream cheese spread – softened
1/4 cup Carnation condensed milk – chilled (don’t freeze)
Rock Salt (I used Himalayan Pink Salt)

How to make:
Combine the Nestlé thick cream, cream cheese, and condensed milk in a blender. Add a little rock salt and blend for 15-30 secs. Be careful not to blend too much as it may become too thick.

Place in a bowl and it’s ready to serve!

Serves 10-15.

COSTING:
Nestlé thick cream – 69/3 = 23php
Carnation condensed milk – 52.40/4 = 13.1php
Cream cheese spread – 124.75/2 = 62.4php
Rock salt – can be found at home. I didn’t include the costing as it is very immaterial.

TOTAL: 98.50php
COST PER SERVE: 6.60php

PROMISE THIS IS SUPER DELICIOUS!

photo courtesy of Mr. Ralph Ting’s Facebook post

TAPIOCA (BLACK) PEARLS RECIPE

I bought the black (tapioca) pearls in ERSAO. 1 kg for only 80 pesos and good for 50-60 servings!!

Ingredients: 
1 kg of tapioca pearls (80 pesos)
250g of white or brown sugar (15 pesos)
6 liters of water
*you can cook 1/4 or 1/3 or 1/2 of black pearls and store the uncooked pearls in the ref. Do not refrigerate the cooked pearls as they will harden. I tried storing on the table for 2 days at room temperature and it still tastes fine.

STEP 1: BOIL WATER
* The ratio is minimum of 6 liters of water to 1 kg tapioca.
* You can reduce the water proportionate to your tapioca if you plan to cook less.

STEP 2: POUR TAPIOCA INTO BOILING WATER
* When water achieves a rolling boil, pour in the tapioca pearls.
* Raw tapioca is fragile, please handle with care.

STEP 3: COOK FOR 3 MINUTES ON HIGH HEAT OR UNTIL THE TAPIOCA PEARLS FLOAT TO THE TOP
* Stir the tapioca lightly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
* Let the pearls float to the top.

STEP 4: COVER THE POT and COOK FOR 25-30 MINUTES ON MEDIUM HEAT
* When the tapioca floats, cover the pot.
* Maintain a rolling boil and stir every few minutes.

STEP 5: TURN OFF HEAT AND LET SIT FOR 10-15 MINUTES COVERED
* After cooking, take the pot off the heat and let sit for 10-15 minutes covered.

STEP 6: DRAIN THE WATER FROM THE COOKED TAPIOCA PEARLS
* Run lukewarm or cold water over the pearls and drain the water from them.
* Do not drain all of the syrup

STEP 7: POUR SUGAR
* Pour tapioca into a container and add 250g of sugar (for a 1kg of tapioca pearls). I suggest you put less sugar first then adjust depending on your desired level of sweetness.
* Put some of the syrup/water in the cooked tapioca pearls
* Ready to serve.

COST PER SERVE: 1.58 pesos.

After two days prior to posting, the post has gathered lauding reviews: 18K likes and reactions, 33,711 shares, and 18,253 comments.

Nestea Milk Tea products—the Thai Milk Tea, Wintermelon Milk Tea, and Hokkaido Milk Tea flavors—are available at groceries, supermarkets, convenience stores and even on Lazada.

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