Coffee jelly is made by taking brewed coffee and mixing it with unflavored gelatin and sugar. It was created in Japan after coffee was introduced there by westerners. The beauty of coffee jelly is its elegant simplicity and immense flexibility.
Making Coffee Jelly
The recipe for coffee jelly is extremely easy.
2 cups freshly brewed coffee
2 tablespoons cold water
3 tablespoons sugar (more if you wish)
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
Bloom gelatin by adding the gelatin and water in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Heat the coffee over low heat in a saucepan. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Strain the mixture into serving dishes or a large pan to cube later. Place in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours or until set.
For serving suggestions, read on.
How Do You Take Your Jelly?
There are so many ways to enjoy coffee jelly.
If you set your jelly in individual serving dishes, top with fresh whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of chocolate and serve.
If you set your coffee jelly in a pan, cut it into 1” cubes. Place cubes in individual serving dishes and top with whipped cream and serve.
Coffee Jelly and Cream
Combine one small can of sweetened condensed milk and 2 small or one medium can of table cream in a large container with a lid. Place cubed coffee jelly in the container and cover. Chill until ready to serve.
Jelly and Ice
This drink combines coffee jelly, frozen coffee, and whipped cream. Recipe makes 4 drinks.
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place ingredients in a large bowl. With a hand mixer or a whisk, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
1 1/2 cups cooled coffee
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups ice
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Place cubes of coffee jelly in the bottom of serving glasses. Top with 3 tablespoons of whipped cream and spread to make a smooth layer. Top with a cup of frozen coffee and top with the remaining whipped cream.
Espresso Pudding with Jelly
This dessert is a delightful mix of textures. This uses a simple chocolate espresso recipe. Feel free to use a “from-scratch” recipe, replacing 1/4 of the milk with espresso.
1 package chocolate pudding mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup espresso
Follow the directions found on the pudding mix box.
Layer the coffee jelly cubes and the espresso pudding in serving dishes. Chill for a couple of hours. Top with whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans.
There are simple options for your coffee jelly. Try any of these tasty treats.
Toast and Jelly
This is a unique use of your coffee jelly. Use your favorite bread and toast it to your liking. Smear as much coffee jelly on your toast as you wish. If you like, butter your toast first for a bit of cream.
When you make your frappe, before pouring it into your serving glass, add some cubes of coffee jelly.
Iced Coffee Jelly
It’s the coffee version of bubble tea! Make your iced coffee however you wish. Add your cubes of coffee jelly.
Ice Cream Topping
Spruce up your vanilla bean ice cream with a couple of cubes of coffee jelly, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
For your coffee jelly drinks, look for bubble tea straws.
What do you think about coffee jelly? Have you tried it before? Try them all and pick your favorite. Let us know how you liked them.
Originally published by Colleen in October of 2019