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A Simple Coffee Jelly Recipe

Have you ever finished dinner and found yourself craving something a little bit silly for dessert?

Silly like… Jello?

Jello is amazing. It’s delicious, sweet, and it jiggles. But there’s a problem.

How do you suggest having a nice, big, post-supper helping of gelatin without sounding like a five-year-old?

The answer: Coffee Jelly.

You heard us right. This amazing recipe combines the fun-loving youthfulness of Jello with the respect of a good cup of coffee. Simultaneously bringing youth and sophistication to the table, this recipe creates one deliciously jiggly cube of culinary goodness.

Okay, enough tantalizing. Let’s start the tutorial for our coffee jelly recipe!

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Coffee Jelly

This amazing recipe combines the fun-loving youthfulness of Jello with the respect of a good cup of coffee. If you’re familiar with making gelatin, this one should be a cinch. And it has a pretty short ingredient list too!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword coffee jelly
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Freezer Time 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 35 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp gelatin powder
  • 4 tbsp water
  • half and half, flavored creamer, or whipped cream Optional

Instructions

  1. Combine coffee and sugar in saucepan and mix

  2. Heat until almost boiling and then turn off the heat

  3. In a separate glass combine gelatin and water and stir thoroughly

  4. Add gelatin mixture to the saucepan and stir until fully dissolved. Let cool

  5. Pour contents of saucepan into bowl(s) or a shallow pan

  6. Put into refrigerator and leave until gelatin has fully set

  7. Serve it in a cup or bowl with half and half, flavored creamer, or whipped cream on top

Recipe Video


How To Make Coffee Jelly

This recipe generally follows the process of most Japanese coffee jelly recipes. (More on its popularity in Japan below…)

If you’re familiar with making gelatin, this one should be a cinch. And it has a pretty short ingredient list too!

Items you'll need

  • Glass
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl(s) or shallow pan

Method

  1. Combine coffee and sugar in saucepan and mix.
  2. Heat until almost boiling and then turn off the heat.
  3. In a separate glass combine gelatin and water and stir thoroughly.
  4. Add gelatin mixture to the saucepan and stir until fully dissolved.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Pour contents of saucepan into bowl(s) or a shallow pan.
  7. Put into refrigerator and leave until gelatin has fully set. This can take a few hours.
  8. Once set, the coffee jelly is ready! Serve it in a cup or bowl with half and half, flavored creamer, or whipped cream on top. Don’t forget a spoon!

Extra Notes: 

  • Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar involved (or even use a substitute sweetener) to your preferred sweetness.

Ways to Serve Your Coffee Jelly

Apart from digging right into the bowl with a spoon, here are some great suggestions for how you can serve your coffee jelly.

Cube it

  • This is the most popular way to serve your coffee jelly, as it’s both practical and convenient. Simply chill it in a shallow pan and then cut it into squares with a knife!

Put it in a cup

  • You can fill a cup with some cubes, creating a sort of “coffee jelly drink”, or even chill it right in the cup in the first place! This option is perfect for more of a single serve feel.

Serve it with ice cream

  • Whether it’s plain vanilla, chocolate, or coffee-flavored, ice cream is a great complement to your cubed coffee goodness.

Serve it with whipped cream and/or chocolate sauce

  • ... a classic final touch to any dessert!

Where Does Coffee Jelly Come From?

Coffee jelly is very popular in Japan, where jellies, in general, are a big thing. And Japan happens to be one of the main producers of pre-made coffee jelly. We feature the Japanese version of this recipe in our ultimate coffee dessert recipe list.

Apart from Japan, however, most of the world has forgotten about this spectacular dessert, with the exception of a Filipino version coffee jelly recipe that incorporates condensed milk into the recipe as well.

But this lack of popularity wasn’t always the case.

The dessert was once popular in the United States, particularly in New England, where it was called “coffee gelatin”. And if you go further back, all the way to 1817, you’ll find it was eaten in Britain, as well!

But over the years, the demand for this delectable treat somehow declined – a great tragedy to dessert menus across the globe.

Note: You can find out more on the history of coffee jelly here!

Final Thoughts

coffee jelly in a cup with milk.

Coffee jelly is a beautiful combination of bitter and sweet and can be the perfect follow-up to a good meal. While the concept of gelatin coffee has remained popular in a few places, it has been lost over the years everywhere else. It’s time to change that.

For more coffee recipes head to our recipe library here. If you liked this guide,  I'd suggest trying your hand with making chocolate covered coffee beans.

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Scott
 

Hi, I'm Scott, and I've traveled extensively through North America and Europe, exploring food and drink pairings around the world. My Love of coffee began during my teen years when a friend's family introduced me to the glories of the classic Italian Moka pot. That technology got me through too many early-morning final exams in college and eventually led to a manual espresso machine after graduation.

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