If you've ever failed at making your own bubble tea...DON'T DESPAIR. I got you! Just do as I say!
Boil about a gallon of water in a big pot. You'll want about a 1:7 ratio of raw pearls to water to make sure it doesn't become too thick while boiling.
Once your large pot of water has reached a rolling boil, use a ladle to make a vortex in the water and dump your boba in, continuing to stir for a minute.
Leave your pot lid partially uncovered to let steam escape, and boil on high for 5 minutes.
Stir boba, turn heat down to medium, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often to avoid boba sticking to bottom of pot. Leave the lit partially uncovered.
Fully cover the pot with the lid and turn off heat. Let boba sit in the residual heat of the pot for 30 mins. Stir once halfway through (at the 15-minute mark), being sure to replace the lid afterwards.
Drain and rinse boba with room-temp water and transfer to jar. Add 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar or wintermelon syrup, and stir to combine.
Let boba absorb the sweetness for at least 10 minutes before adding to beverage of your choice. Boba is best when freshly made - consume it same day.