This easy coffee flavored jelly is served in individual clear espresso cups and topped with sweetened condensed milk, making it look like a real shot of espresso.
This coffee jelly recipe is inspired by my recent trip to Taiwan, where jelly desserts are very popular. I saw tea jelly, herbal jelly, fruit jelly, etc. This is an easy dessert that can be made ahead of time and it’s great for serving to a large group.
It is basically coffee jello made with real coffee and gelatin. I like it because it’s not overly sweet and it’s a unique dessert to serve after dinner as you would coffee. Except, in this case, the coffee is a cold jelly treat.
I made this coffee jelly dessert for Mother’s Day because my mom doesn’t like desserts that are too sweet. I think they’re really cute and fun – the perfect dessert for entertaining.
- Unflavored gelatin – if you prefer a vegetarian option, you can try using agar agar powder but I have not tested it.
- Hot water
- Granulated sugar
- Hot freshly-brewed coffee – I used Starbucks Pike’s Place Roast.
- Sweetened condensed milk
How to Make It
Once you have your ingredients, you mix everything, pour the coffee mixture into your molds and then refrigerate the jelly overnight to set.
Right before you are ready to serve, top them with some condensed milk, which gives the dessert the additional sweetness it needs. It’s so simple and fun and you can play around with different types of molds.
If you’re curious, I served mine in these Bormioli Rocco espresso cups* (This is an affiliate link). I purchased recently on Amazon. They are so cute and I love using them!
For this recipe, you can brew your coffee however you like as long as it’s freshly made. A coffee maker, French press, pour-over – whichever you prefer will work.
Keep in mind that the strength of the coffee will affect your coffee jelly so brew coffee to your tastes. I used Starbuck’s Pike’s Place for this recipe, but a stronger coffee would work well and I think flavored coffees would be interesting, too, like vanilla, hazelnut, or another coffee flavor that you like. You can also use decaf coffee.
The jellies do need something sweet – I don’t think I would enjoy the coffee jelly plain. Sweetened condensed milk works great or you could top them with sweetened whipped cream, too.
I’m definitely making these again at my next house party.
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- 1 (.25-oz) package unflavored gelatin
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups hot fresh brewed coffee I used Starbucks Pike Place Roast
- 4 tbsp sweetened condensed milk not evaporated milk
- In a small bowl, add gelatin and hot water and mix with a spoon until all of the gelatin powder is dissolved. Scrape it into a medium pot, and then add in sugar and hot coffee. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and liquid is uniform.
- Pour coffee jelly into molds. I used clear espresso cups but you can use other mold shapes, cups. You can also pour into a baking pan and cut into cubes when it solidifies. Put jelly into refrigerator and chill overnight.
- Keep jelly in the fridge until just before serving. Right before serving, top with condensed milk. I added 1 tbsp per each espresso cup. Serve cold.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.