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Japanese Coffee Jelly

If you are a coffee addict, try this Coffee Jelly dessert made from black coffee and gelatin. You will love this easy and delicious recipe.

February 16, 2022
Japanese Coffee JellyPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Total 10 mins



  1. To bloom gelatin, fill a small bowl halfway with cold water. Stir the powdered gelatin into the water to blend the two. Allow 5 minutes for the gelatin to absorb the water and come to room temperature.
  2. In a newly prepared cup of hot coffee, dissolve the sugar. In a small saucepan, bring the sweetened coffee mixture to a heavy simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat once the coffee mixture has reached a boil and whisk in the gelatin mixture, allowing it to thoroughly dissolve. Allow 15 minutes for the liquid to cool to room temperature.
  4. Refrigerate the jelly mixture after pouring it into a baking dish. To make the jellies flat and even, make sure the baking dish is level. Allow the jelly mixture to sit undisturbed for 4–6 hours, or until completely set.
  5. Cut the coffee jelly mixture into ½ inch cubes once it hardens. Keep them in the baking dish until you're ready to serve them.
  6. Pour the heavy cream into a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip the cream until it thickens slightly before adding the powdered sugar. Continue whipping the mixture until it forms semi-stiff peaks.
  7. Before serving, pour the coffee jellies into small bowls and top each with a tablespoon of whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Japanese Coffee Jelly
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.1 g14.2%
Cholesterol 41 mg13.7%
Sodium 19 mg0.8%
Protein 2.3 g4.6%
Potassium 81 mg1.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use strong coffee. Espresso, hot or cold brewed coffee give an intense coffee flavor to the recipe. Otherwise, other ingredients used to make the jelly can dilute the aroma of the coffee.
  • Instead of granulated sugar, you can use condensed milk as a sweetener. Thanks to this, the jelly texture becomes more creamy.
  • Make use of gelatin powder. For novices, gelatin powder is easier to work with than gelatin sheets, especially when freezing. Gelatin sheets dissolve later in the cooking process, whereas minute grains spread and dissolve better in water. The final product will be cloudier than if you used gelatin sheets, but because the jellies are dark in color, this isn't a problem.
  • Sugar consumption should ideally be kept to a minimum. Coffee jelly is considered to be eaten with sweet components such as milk, cream, and pastries. A coffee jelly that is overly sugary may be too much for your sweet craving. A few tablespoons of sugar should be enough unless you want it to be very sweet.
  • If you're a vegetarian who is concerned about the usage of gelatin, you don't have to give up coffee jelly: it's simple to make with agar-agar.
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Japanese Coffee Jelly is a caffeinated dessert usually made using brewed coffee and gelatin. Depending on the region, it is also prepared by using agar-agar instead of gelatin. This jelly-like summer dessert is popular not only in Japan but also in many Asian countries. This dessert, which you can easily find in the markets, can also be easily prepared at home. This recipe can be served with whipped cream or ice cream, or it can be used as an ingredient to add coffee flavor in dessert making.

Try this practical and delicious dessert recipe, which is perfect for coffee lovers. Mix this Coffee Jelly with Bubble tea or serve with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy your light and refreshing dessert.

What Is Coffee Jelly?

Coffee Jelly is a coffee and sugar-flavored jelly dessert. Although it used to be included in British and American cookbooks, it is now most commonly found in Japanese restaurants and convenience stores. Coffee jelly can be made from scratch or with an instant mix. It's available in restaurants and coffee shops. It's frequently sliced into cubes and used in a variety of desserts and drinks. Coffee jelly cubes are sometimes used to decorate ice cream sundaes as well as in milkshakes and ice cream floats. Coffee jelly, cream, and gum syrup are frequently added to a cup of hot or iced coffee. In a bowl, condensed milk is poured over iced coffee jelly cubes, then it is served.

Is Coffee Jelly Healthy?

Coffee jelly, when consumed in moderation, can be a healthy dessert or snack—or at the very least one of the healthier options. There is a minimal quantity of sugar in this dish, and both coffee and gelatin are healthy. Coffee, for example, contains critical minerals, while gelatin's collagen may benefit the skin, hair, and joints. Both substances have been linked to improved cognitive performance, so taking them together could be beneficial to your brain.

How To Use Coffee Jelly?

Coffee jelly can be used in a variety of ways. You can consume the jelly cubes on their own or prepare them in a variety of ways, including:

Coffee jelly can be a delightful and texturally unusual ice cream topping, whether you're eating vanilla ice cream, coffee ice cream, or another flavor of the frozen delicacy. When the jellies come into contact with the frozen ice cream, they will harden up and then soften as the ice cream melts. Before freezing the ice cream, carefully incorporate the coffee jelly into the custard for a unique touch on homemade ice cream.

In milk tea, combine it instead of tapioca pearls, use coffee jellies in milk tea (also called boba). The result is similar because when tapioca pearls are cooked and soaked in a brown sugar syrup, they swell up and become gel-like. The use of coffee jellies has the advantage of combining the coffee flavor with the milky tea flavor, especially if you use a spiced tea like chai.

Using coffee ice cubes in iced coffee varieties to avoid diluting the flavor of the coffee as the ice melts is a similar notion.Coffee jellies, on the other hand, will not melt in an iced beverage, so adding them not only enhances the coffee flavor but also provides a snack of coffee jellies at the conclusion of your drink. Because jelly cubes don't do the same thing as ice, use coffee ice cubes in addition to the jelly cubes for the best results.

Coffee jellies can be used in a variety of dessert recipes. Smooth and creamy recipes, such as cheesecake and conventional cake batter, go well with coffee jellies. You may also incorporate the jellies into icing or whipped cream to create pockets of coffee flavor. This is particularly effective in sweets such as tiramisu.

What To Serve with Coffee Jelly?

Here are our delicious recipes that you can use Coffee Jelly:

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