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Japanese Coffee Jelly Recipe

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Don’t drink your coffee; eat it instead. That’s what the Japanese do sometimes when they want to impress someone. Coffee jelly is super easy to make but fancy enough to end a long tablecloth dinner party on a high note.

This is one of those desserts that look like they came out of a fancy restaurant’s kitchen, but you can make it at home in ten minutes, plus fridge time. 

Picture this, wobbly coffee-flavored jelly dices swimming in sweet, condensed milk. That’s a decadent dessert right there, so let me tell you how it’s done!

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What goes into Japanese coffee jelly?

To make jelly cubes, you first need a tray of coffee-flavored jelly. You’ll need a pack of unflavored gelatin, warm water to hydrate the gelatin, sugar to sweeten the entire thing and freshly brewed coffee. Once you make the jelly, cut it into cubes and serve it with condensed milk straight from the can. That’s it!

Now, keep in mind that, with such a straightforward recipe, the quality of the ingredients matter, and I’m talking about the coffee. You need good coffee to make this dessert work. In fact, get the best coffee you can! Arabica medium- to full-roast coffee will work better, as you need some flavor to counter the condensed milk’s sweetness.

As for the sugar, use granulated sugar, stevia or any sweetener you want, and make your jelly is sweet but not too much — you don’t overdo it, as the condensed milk is sweet enough already.

How to serve Japanese coffee jelly?

Serve this fancy dessert with pastries, cookies, macarons, mooncakes and other nice one-biters. Complement the dessert’s smoothness with something crunchy! Let’s head on to the recipe and make ourselves an authentic Japanese coffee jelly. There’s no doubt this is a dessert you’ll want to make often.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time20 min
  • Serving Size4
  • Energy240 cal




Brew the coffee.


In a small bowl, add the warm water and the gelatin. Stir and let it hydrate.


Brew the coffee and sweeten it with sugar. Pour in the gelatin. Stir to combine.


Pour the coffee mixture into a square plastic container and let it cool to room temperature before placing it in the fridge.


Refrigerate between 3-4 hours until set.


Cut into cubes and serve in crystal glasses. Pour the condensed milk over the coffee jelly cubes.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size4
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories240
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat5 g78 g6.41%
  • Saturated Fat3.1 g20 g15.5%
  • Cholesterol19 mg300 mg6.33%
  • Sodium88 mg2300 mg3.83%
  • Total Carbohydrate39.8 g275 g14.47%
  • Total Sugars39.8 g
  • Protein10.6 g50 g21.2%
  • Calcium167 mg1300 mg12.85%
  • Potassium270 mg4700 mg5.74%
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