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Japanese Style Coffee Jelly Recipe

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Coffee is one of those drinks with a thousand variations, from latte to mocha. There are endless ways of getting your caffeine boost. Now, only a few recipes let you eat your coffee instead of drinking it, and the Japanese-style coffee jelly is one of them!

Picture some jelly, but made with coffee. Actually, it’s basically coffee with gelatin. It sounds easy, and it is. What you won’t expect is the intense coffee flavor and that silky texture that reminds you of your childhood.

Read on and learn everything there is about this fun dessert and drink. Eat your coffee from time to time; that’s what we call a fun, drinkable snack!


What You’ll Need

To make Japanese-style coffee jelly, you need some coffee, of course, nothing too fancy, just a few freshly brewed cups of coffee. For an intense flavor, you can go with espresso, but percolator coffee works just as well; it’s just not that intense — again, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 

Just remember to make a fragrant, slightly fruity coffee — perhaps a medium-roasted Arabica that doesn’t taste like charcoal is best. You’ll also need a pack of unsweetened, flavorless gelatin. A pack will do for two jelly coffee servings. 

Finally, choose your favorite sweetener. Sugar, agave syrup, Splenda, everything works — keep in mind not all sweeteners are equally sweet, so adjust the amount of sweetener to your taste.

When to Serve Japanese Coffee Jelly

Although coffee jelly is a lovely weeknight dessert to enjoy with your family, you can also serve it when having friends coming over. 

Dice the jelly nicely and serve it in crystal bowls of martini glasses. Then top it with sweet, whipped cream for a fantastic dessert and after-dinner drink. Jelly coffee can do it all!

Jelly coffee is also compatible with berries, so you can add a fistful of blueberries or ripe strawberries to make the dessert more colorful and sophisticated. 

And one more thing, now that you’ve found a way to solidify your drinks with gelatin, why stop at coffee? Who’ll make the world’s first cappuccino jelly?

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time10 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy147 cal




Brew the coffee and pour it into a mixing bowl.


Sweeten the coffee while still hot by dissolving sugar or your favorite sweetener.


Let the coffee cool down until warm and add the gelatin. Mix well.


Transfer into a square baking pan or square container and refrigerate until solidified, around 4 hours.


Unmold the coffee jelly, cut it into cubes and serve.


Top with whipped cream if desired.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories147
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat9.3 g78 g11.92%
  • Saturated Fat5.8 g20 g29%
  • Cholesterol33 mg300 mg11%
  • Sodium22 mg2300 mg0.96%
  • Total Carbohydrate12.9 g275 g4.69%
  • Total Sugars12 g
  • Protein3.9 g50 g7.8%
  • Calcium27 mg1300 mg2.08%
  • Potassium146 mg4700 mg3.11%
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