Ube Syrup | The Perfect Ube Sauce For Coffee, Tea, Boba, and Desserts

Wondering how that new Asian cafe in town created that jaw-dropping Ube syrup boba drink you had? Seen a Tik Tok video and wonder how coffee can look so dang purple with just Ube syrup? Wondering how your favorite sticky rice buns taste and look amazing with that eye-gushing Ube sauce? Well, it’s probably a high quality and strong Ube Syrup and Ube sauce that’s behind it all, while these two recipes may seem simple, it can be easy to get the ratios wrong. Add too little Ube extract or Ube Halaya, and you’ll have a pitiful and pale ghastly-looking drink that lacks any flavor. That’s where we come in, we went through the trial and error of creating the perfect Ube syrup for that aesthetically pleasing Ube Latte and Ube Cold Foam that tastes out of this world, and as well created a thick and flavorful Ube sauce that pairs well with desserts and as a boba topping! So continue reading because we have tons to… yammer on about (get it, yam…yammer… cuz Ube is a purple yam?… Okay nevermind we’ll stick to coffee and tea recipes 🙄)

This post is all about making the perfect Ube syrup for iced drinks, Ube sauce for creamy boba and milk teas, or as a delicious topping over ice cream. Whatever you choose we created it!

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Ube Syrup and Ube Sauce FAQ

What is Ube syrup?

Ube syrup is a sweet Ube flavored syrup. The syrup can be paired well to flavor drinks, or sweet treats and desserts like pancakes and waffles.

What is Ube syrup made of?

Ube syrup is made from condensed milk, water, ube extract, Ube Purple yams, and sugar. The syrup will turn into a thicker syrup that can be used for various sweet treats and beverages.

How to make Ube syrup?

Ube syrup is a thick sweet syrup made from combining ingredients such as water, milk, sugar and ube and heating it over the stove until combined and a thick syrup has formed.

Is Ube syrup the same as Ube Halaya?

Ube syrup is not the same thing as Ube Halaya. While both Ube syrup and Ube Halaya can be used for a lot of the same things, they are made using different ingredients and have different consistencies and appearances. Ube syrup has more of a runny sauce-like consistency while Ube Halaya is very thick and is more of a thicker paste/spread rather than a sauce. And remember Ube Halaya can be used to make Ube syrup which is a recipe we will go over below.

Is Ube syrup healthy?

Ube itself is full of healthy goodness such as protein, vitamin c, and is rich in anthocyonins as said by Poonam from WebMD. However, syrup does consist of a decent amount of sugar and contains a good amount of fat from the condensed milk used in it. However, with that said, and like almost every other thing on the planet, this one sweet isn’t bad if used in moderation. If you eat super healthy but decide that you want to splurge on some Ube syrup and make a drink or a sweet treat then who is anyone to tell you otherwise?

How long does Ube syrup last?

Ube syrup can last 1-2 weeks in the fridge or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Is Ube the same as Taro?

Ube is not the same thing as Taro. While both appear similar from the outside, they couldn’t be more different on the inside both due to taste and the inside appearance. Taro on the inside is white fleshed with purple specks in it. Taro is also more starchy and more subtle in flavor so it can be used in savory and sweet foods and treats. Meanwhile, Ube is a darker purple color on the inside and is richer and sweeter so typically only used in beverages, sweets, and desserts.

What’s the difference between Ube Sauce and Ube Syrup?

Ube Sauce: Is usually considered a thicker version of Ube syrup, but there is also a difference in the ingredients and the prep that goes into making Ube sauce. Ube sauce requires cooking the sauce for a longer period of time over a simmer until it thickens, it also requires more ingredients such as the addition of heavy whipping cream, salt, and butter. The result is a thick and creamy sauce that works perfectly for pancakes, waffles, french toast, sticky buns, and other desserts and or drinks.

Ube Syrup: This version of Ube flavoring, is made by creating a simple style of Ube. This is done by mixing together your choice of Ube flavoring with condensed milk, brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract. The cooking time is also done over a simmer and is for a shorter period of time.

Why You’ll love this recipe

  • Simple and easy-to-follow instructions
  • can be frozen for longer shelf life
  • homemade ingredients, so you know what exactly youre putting in your syrup and sauce
  • Packed with flavor and color: You’ll be able to create the most beautiful and delicious drinks and desserts with our Ube sauce recipe and Ube syrup recipe.

Ube Syrup Ingredients and things you need

What’s in Ube Syrup? What’s in Ube Sauce?

Ube Halaya:

Ube Extract:

Ube Powder:

heavy whipping cream:

Sweetened condensed milk:


Light Brown Sugar:

Vanilla extract:

Equipment & Things You’ll Need:

Stovetop pan

Spoon for stirring

Measuring cups and measuring spoons

Glass jar with an airtight lid – We love using mason jars and these syrup containers for all of our syrups and sauces

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We used our Ube Syrup used for making the perfect Ube latte!

How To Make Homemade Ube Syrup and Ube Sauce

Ube Sauce using Ube Halaya

4 tablespoons Ube halaya

1 teaspoon Ube extract

1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

0.5 cup condensed milk

0.5 cup of heavy cream

1 tablespoon of butter

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Ube Syrup using Ube extract

Use This Ube Syrup For Making Our Delicious Ube Cold Foam

0.25 cup light brown sugar

0.33 cup water

2 teaspoon Ube extract

0.25 Ube condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Ube Syrup using Ube Halaya

Use This Ube Syrup For Creating Our Super Flavorful Ube Latte

2 tablespoons of Ube Halaya

0.5 cups of light brown sugar

0.5 cups of water

0.25 cups of condensed milk

1 teaspoon of Ube extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

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Ube Syrup & Ube Sauce Instructions

  1. Gather and prepare ingredients.
  2. Combine sweetened condensed milk and water over low-medium heat.
  3. After water/milk mixture is warm stir in sugar. Stir often to fully dissolve sugar and to prevent sticking.
  4. After the sugar is dissolved take the mixture off the heat and stir in Ube extract and/or Ube Halaya while still hot.
  5. Let the mixture cool and place in storage container. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

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