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Coffee Jelly


370 min

Coffee Jelly

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370 min


4 persons




4.00 rating-star (56)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This coffee jelly is a refreshing Japanese summertime treat made with coffee, powdered gelatin, and sugar. My favorite way to serve it is with frozen whipped cream and chocolate sauce, although it's also delicious with ice cream, regular whipped cream, or flavored coffee cream. It can be served solid in glasses or cubed in bowls.


  • hot water: 2 Tbsp
  • (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin: 1 pack
  • fresh brewed coffee : 2 cups
  • white sugar: 3 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Stir together gelatin and hot water in a small bowl until gelatin dissolves; pour into a saucepan. Stir in coffee and sugar, and bring to a boil over high heat.
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  2. Pour coffee mixture into a shallow, 9-inch square or 7x11-inch baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator until solidified, 6 to 7 hours.
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  3. Cut coffee jelly into cubes to serve.
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History of the Coffee Jelly: Coffee jelly is a popular Japanese dessert that originated during the Meiji era, around the late 1800s. It became popular in Japan due to the heat in summer, where meals revolve around lighter and cooler dishes. Coffee jelly is one such cool dessert and has since become a classic summertime treat in Japan.

Tips and Tricks for Coffee Jelly Recipe:

  • To get the best flavor of coffee jelly, choose a high-quality coffee brand.
  • You can use either regular or decaf coffee for this recipe.
  • If you want a firmer jelly, use a gelatin sheet as it sets up better.
  • Use hot water to dissolve the gelatin completely, and then stir it thoroughly into the coffee mixture before boiling.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar used, depending on your taste preference.
  • If you prefer, you can use coconut milk or milk to make a creamier version of coffee jelly.

Tips for Presenting the Dish: Coffee jelly can be served in various ways, so there’s no need to stick to one presentation method. Below are some tips to present the dessert in a more appetizing and attractive way:

  • For a simple and traditional look, serve it in a tall glass with whipped cream on top.
  • You can also serve it in a shallow bowl with a drizzle of chocolate syrup to make it look more elegant.
  • For a more refreshing treat, serve the jelly cubes in a chilled glass of iced coffee.
  • You can add fresh fruits such as strawberries or raspberries on top of the jelly cubes to add a splash of color.
  • Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream can also create a delicious and mouth-watering dessert.
  • You can also serve coffee jelly in small individual portions in decorative ramekins or glasses.

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