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Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream

Meet our homemade coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream! Jiggly gorgeous coffee jello topped with some delicious sweet cream... Super quick AND easy to make! That creamy richness from the sweet cream mixes with the slight bitterness and soft bite of the coffee jello giving such incredible flavors, melting right in your mouth. This is a delightful dessert that tastes… beautiful.

I really hope you enjoy this Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream. If you do, please let me know in the comments below. I LOVE reading your comments ❤

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE

When I first tried coffee jello, I literally had no words to describe how good it tasted.

It was a series of happy sighs of approval and looks of absolute amazement passed between Zee and I.

I mean, how do I even explain this amazing dessert to you guys? It’s one of those things you need to try for yourself to understand how incredible it is!

That soft coffee jelly mixed with some delicious condensed milk cream…

Those delicious textures and flavors mixing together…

The sweet creaminess from the condensed milk cream cutting through the bittersweet coffee jello…

I’m a huge fan!

And of course, I just NEED to share this absolutely delicious dessert (you can have it as a snack too 😉) with you guys!

I’ve already told you how amazing this recipe tastes BUT there’s so much more to it too that makes it one of the best recipes ever, so lemme tell you guys:

  • If you love trying new stuff, you’ll adore this recipe! It’s always fun trying new recipes out there and when it tastes this good, it’s worth it. I mean, sweet condensed milk cream mixed with some delicious jiggly coffee jello, who would’ve thought it’d taste this good?! This easy coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream is such a delicious dessert and it’s gonna be your new favorite, I just know it! And oooh boy, if you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for such a treat.
  • Oooh and while this coffee jello recipe looks like lots of work has been put in to make it, it’s surprisingly easy to make! And QUICK too with little to almost no prep and cook time. This is a stress-free and simple dessert that will wow everyone around you, making them think you spent hours in the kitchen when in fact you spent just a couple of minutes 😉!
  • And hey, not only is this homemade coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream super easy to make, it also uses simple and easy to find ingredients you probably have at home already!
  • Oh and if you love coffee (coffee lovers unite!), you’re gonna adore this delicious dessert. It’s just another way you can have your favorite beverage ❤. And hey, if you’re not so fond of coffee, try and give this dessert a chance, there’s just something about that flavor of coffee jelly and sweet condensed milk cream mixed together that’s made my non-coffee lover friends fall in love with this dessert as well. Sigh, this coffee cream jello recipe is just soooooo goood…
  • Another really great thing about this recipe is just how versatile it is. There are so many different things you can do with it. On lazy days, just take your coffee jello out, spray some whipped cream on top and enjoy it. Feeling a little indulgent? Have your coffee jello with ice cream and whipped cream! Or maybe just add in sliced cubes of coffee jello to your favorite drink while sipping on it… The things you can try with this recipe are endless! It’s also a delicious dessert perfect for literally any season for all you coffee lovers (as well as non-coffee lovers, it’s just THAT good!).
  • This dessert is sooo cool and tastes absolutely incredible which makes it an excellent choice to serve at a party! It’s super easy to make (doesn’t take a lot of time to get everything together) and serve AND also tastes absolutely amazing. Your friends are gonna be absolutely taken by it ❤. Gelatin desserts are so much fun because you can enjoy pouring cups of liquid coffee jello into fun-shaped silicone molds to serve your dessert in super interesting shapes and just have a deliciously awesome time. Go ahead and impress your guests with this delish dish!
  • Oh and yes, of course, it tastes absolutely INCREDIBLE. I had no idea what I was getting into when I first tried it and the second I had it I wanted to just scream to the world how delicious this recipe is! Wiggly and jiggly melt in the mouth coffee jelly with sweet condensed milk cream… It’s just incredible. Those flavors (coffee with sweet condensed milk cream 🤩!), the texture (soft silky and melt in the mouth 😍!)… I want you to try this coffee jelly recipe with condensed milk cream right away because you’re the best and you deserve the absolute best and I just KNOW you’ll love this recipe cause that’s just how delicious it is ❤.

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Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in four different cups, served in four different ways

WHAT IS COFFEE JELLO RECIPE WITH CONDENSED MILK CREAM?

Coffee jello is well, coffee jello (solidified thanks to a gelling agent, here we’ve used gelatin!) topped with some delicious creamy sweet condensed milk cream.

It can be served in so many different ways! The three most common ways are:

  • The coffee jello is sliced into cubes and mixed with condensed milk cream; or
  • The hot liquid gelatin coffee mixture is poured into a mold to set. Once it’s set, it’s served with a dollop of condensed milk cream on top; or
  • The hot liquid gelatin coffee mixture is poured into a cup to set. It’s then served with a layer of condensed milk cream on top.

However you have it, this simple coffee dessert tastes absolutely incredible.

With every bite, you’ll have that coffee jelly burst with delicious bitter coffee in your mouth mixing in and melting with the creamy sweet condensed milk cream… The flavors and textures of these two will make this coffee dessert one of your most favorite desserts in the whole world ❤.

Heck, it may even turn you guys into coffee lovers if you aren’t one already.

I just KNOW you’re gonna adore this delicious dessert.

An interesting fact here is that while it’s commonly called coffee ‘jello’ in the United States, it’s called coffee ‘jelly’ in many other countries. I’ll be using both these words interchangeably here so it’s not confusing for you guys if you happen to be from different countries around the world ❤.

The moment I heard about coffee jello, I was like oh, sounds interesting. I was intrigued and wanted to try it.

And wow, I wasn’t disappointed!

Maybe you’re excited to try this recipe too OR maybe the thought of coffee jello is a little hmm? to you.

All I’ll say is, give this recipe a go and make your mind up yourself. You won’t know how good it tastes till you try it!

I mean, just look at how gorgeous it looks… it tastes that good too, I promise!

Close up of a glass filled with sliced Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe cut into small cubes with Condensed Milk Cream, being scooped up with a spoon

Now, how did coffee jello even come into existence?

Oooh boy, coffee jello has a pretty interesting history and my goodness, I absolutely love reading about food history.

I did so much reading on the history of coffee jello because it’s just so rich ✨!

I’ll give you guys the basics I was able to understand while reading about coffee jello’s history.

I won’t go into much detail here but if you’re into it, you can go ahead and do a simple search and find just so much information and history behind this delicious recipe! It’s amazing!

Coffee jello originated in England. It goes way back and was mentioned in an English cookbook that was published in 1817.

Can you imagine that? That’s literally more than 200 years ago!

Coffee jello then made its way to the United States and became pretty popular in New England.

I’ve seen so many comments by New Englanders about how nostalgic coffee jello is for them during my research. It was lovely reading all those comments.

It’s beautiful how we can make such deep lasting memories with food ❤.

Coffee jello has been mentioned in quite a few American cookbooks too from that time.

There used to be a famous restaurant called Durgin-Park in Boston, United States, that served coffee jello right from when it opened in 1827 up until the day it closed in 2019.

Coffee jello then also reached Japan around 1914. It’s called kohii zerii there.

There are quite a few theories on how coffee jello reached Japan with some saying a student learned this recipe while studying Home Economics in the United States and gave the recipe to Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper.

This Japanese newspaper then went on to publish this coffee jello recipe in 1914.

This delicious dessert became super popular in Japan in the 1960s when the famous Japanese chain coffee shop, Mikado Coffee, started selling coffee jelly/kohii zerii and advertising it as “coffee that you can eat”.

This delicious dessert may not be as popular in England and America anymore but it’s incredibly popular in Japan even today.

Starbucks also started selling a coffee jelly Frappuccino in Japan in 2016 and this perfect dessert is also literally found almost everywhere in Japan from restaurants to convenience stores. It’s also added to boba drinks alongside boba pearls.

It’s WONDERFUL!

I also came across how coffee jelly is super popular in an anime called “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K”.

I haven’t watched it but apparently, the protagonist, Saiki Kusuo absolutely adores coffee jelly.

I was intrigued and went ahead and watched a few scenes of him being absolutely in love with coffee jelly and after trying this recipe, I completely understand why!

It’s no mystery why coffee jello is so loved. It’s just that good and I’m glad I came across it so I could try something as delicious as this!

Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in set differently in two dessert cups

So how did Zee and I come across this recipe? It’s food memories time because this is what The Buttery Fairytale is all about, food memories!

You can share your stories with this recipe in the comments below too whether this is the first time you’re trying this recipe or if you’ve already had it multiple times before, I would love to hear all about it!

So, Zee and I have been deeply in love with boba tea for like the longest time now.

We were traveling recently and planned to go to a really popular boba place.

We saw that place selling drinks with coffee jelly mixed in with boba and we were like huh, wait what?!

We ordered that drink and loved it.

And once we came back home, I just needed to go see how to make coffee jello.

That’s when the entire world of coffee jello opened up to me, I read about how it’s served in SO many different ways and when I saw it’s served with cream and condensed milk or even whipped cream and sometimes even custard, I was so intrigued!

I had to try it!

I went ahead and started experimenting with making coffee jello, it had to be just right, not too firm nor really soft and melty.

I also started mixing different amounts of sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream together to see what tasted just right, with a hint of sweetness and creaminess too.

The moment I came up with the recipe that I felt tasted just right, Zee and I took that first bite and that was it… We were in love with this dessert that we had no idea could taste THIS good!

That silkiness of the coffee jello literally bursting with coffee flavor the moment you bite into it and the sweetness from the condensed milk cream cutting in through that bitterness from the coffee!

And that delicious bite of jello working with the creamy texture of cream and sweetened condensed milk goodness…omg yum yum yum ❤!

This dessert tastes absolutely INCREDIBLE and IMPRESSIVE ⭐.

It feels like a super luxurious treat and I now understand why it’s so famous and so loved by so many people, and by Saiki Kusuo too!

I know I’m in love and I think you’re gonna fall in love too.

INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS FOR COFFEE JELLO RECIPE WITH CONDENSED MILK CREAM

For exact ingredient measurements, please scroll down to the Recipe Card.

Ingredients in small bowls for Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream like sugar, coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, gelatin powder and cream

We’ve used super simple and easy to find ingredients to make our coffee jello with condensed milk cream.

There’s not just one main ingredient here and every ingredient is super important ❤.

Please always use good quality ingredients to get the most perfect dessert every single time.

To make the coffee jello:

  • Gelatin- I’ve used gelatin powder here but you can use gelatin sheets as well. Any gelatin type is fine but just make sure you use unflavored gelatin. When you’re using gelatin, please don’t forget to bloom it in some cold water before mixing it in with your coffee (don’t worry, I’ve mentioned this and told you how to do it in the recipe already ❤). You can also use agar-agar. Remember though that agar-agar will give your coffee jelly a different texture. Gelatin will make your coffee jelly bouncy and soft. Agar-agar will make your coffee jelly firm and brittle, which means it won’t melt in your mouth the way gelatin will. Both are absolutely wonderful though and it all comes down to your preference.
  • Instant Coffee Powder- I prefer using instant coffee powder here because it’s quick and pretty yum BUT you can use whatever coffee you prefer here and you can brew it however you want to too! Go ahead and use your favorite coffee (whether you make it at home or buy it from somewhere) so you can enjoy its taste in jello form! You can use decaf coffee as well if you want to skip out on the caffeine. Make sure you use good quality coffee for a delicious flavor because it’s one of the main ingredients here!
  • Sugar- Some sugar in our black coffee will add a hint of sweetness to it so it doesn’t get too bitter. We don’t add way too much sugar here because the coffee jello is gonna be served with the sweetened condensed milk cream anyway (but you can add more sugar if you have a sweet tooth). You can use whatever sweetener you prefer or skip out on it completely too if you want.

To make the condensed milk cream mixture:

  • Heavy Cream- Yum! Heavy cream adds a delicious richness and thickness to our coffee dessert. You just can’t miss out on it. You can substitute with maybe evaporated milk, half and half or even whole milk. You can use skim milk too. Your sweet cream may be thin and runny though if you use milk instead of heavy cream so keep that in mind. You can also use plant-based milk such as coconut milk or cream if you prefer.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk- Ah, delicious sweet syrupy condensed milk. It can’t get any better than this. It literally adds to the richness and makes everything come together so well. The sweetness condensed milk adds to this dessert helps cut through the bitterness of the coffee giving us an absolutely incredible flavor. I would advice you guys to not skip on this ingredient. If you really want to though, you can add in some honey, maple syrup or sugar to your heavy cream instead.

Optional:

  • Whipped cream- Once you’re done topping your coffee jello with the condensed milk cream mixture, you can go ahead and top the entire thing with some whipped cream. If you want, you can also skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and just top your coffee jello with whipped cream (like Saiki K does!).

Once again, for exact ingredient measurements, please scroll down to the Recipe Card.

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Cubes of Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in a glass mug and a tall glass

RECIPE & DIET VARIATIONS YOU CAN TRY

Hello hello HELLO there!

Remember when I was telling you guys why you’ll love this recipe, one of the reasons was because of how versatile it is?

I wasn’t kidding!

There are like a bajillion variations here.

You can do SO much with this recipe, it’s crazy and pretty amazing too!

And you know me, I love giving all the information I can to you guys when it comes to a recipe.

So sit back and go through all these variations I’ve thought of and experimented with and see what you like.

If you have a variation of your own, feel free to share it in the comments below. I’d love to know 😊.

So let’s go!

Now for starters, there are a few basic ways you can serve this delicious coffee jello recipe:

  • Coffee jello served with heavy cream and condensed milk mixed together, the way we’ve given in our recipe here
  • Coffee jello cubes mixed in with heavy cream and condensed milk, another way we’ve given in our recipe here
  • Coffee jello served with just some whipped cream over it
  • Coffee jello served with condensed milk, heavy cream and whipped cream spread over it or any variation using any two together or only one of them.
  • You can also just have the coffee jello as it is without a cream topping. I don’t prefer this and I feel the beauty of this recipe lies in the flavors of coffee mixing in with that delicious creamy goodness so I won’t really ask you to try it this way but hey, people have different tastes and you can have your coffee jello this way if it appeals to you!

So yes, let’s now get deeper into all the fun different things you can do with this recipe!

  • I’ve used gelatin in this recipe in powder form. You can use gelatin powder like me or gelatin sheets too, if you want You can also use another gelling agent you prefer as well such as maybe agar-agar in sheets or powder form. Please keep in mind though that agar-agar will give your coffee jelly a different texture. Gelatin will make your coffee jelly bouncy and soft. Agar-agar will make your coffee jelly firm and brittle, which means it won’t melt in your mouth the way gelatin will. Both are absolutely wonderful though and it all comes down to your preference.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that the firmness of your coffee jelly depends on how much gelatin you use. So if you prefer a firm hard jelly, go ahead and use more gelatin. If you prefer a soft jelly, use a little gelatin. Use not too much nor too little gelatin, just something in the middle to make some delicious coffee finger jello. Finger jello is basically what it means, jello that’s nice and firm to hold using your fingers but deliciously soft and juicy once you bite into it ❤. The more you make this recipe, the more you’ll understand what texture of jelly you prefer and how much gelatin you need to add to get that amount of firmness.
  • You can also choose to use how much ever coffee you want if you want to make your coffee jello stronger or maybe not as strong. This is because your coffee may get weaker as it mixes with the gelatin. Once you make this coffee jelly recipe a couple of times, you’ll understand how much coffee you prefer.
  • The same goes for the condensed milk cream too. Once you make this recipe, you’ll understand how much condensed milk and heavy cream you prefer and the proportions you prefer them in. You can go ahead and increase or decrease the amount of heavy cream or condensed milk according to your preference. You can reduce the total amount of condensed milk cream mixture too if you prefer more of a coffee taste or increase it if you absolutely love the sweet creaminess it adds.
  • Oh and hey you, massive real coffee lovers! You can go ahead and make this coffee jelly with whatever coffee you prefer and how awesome is that?! You can brew your own coffee and make it nice and strong. You can try different coffee flavors that exist out there too such as mocha, hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla…! You can maybe even use espresso too if you want. You can also use decaf coffee or maybe even canned coffee if you prefer. There are so many options! Make/choose your favorite coffee, add in the bloomed gelatin to it, leave it to set and enjoy your favorite coffee in solid form. Top it up with whatever you prefer and bite into it. Yum!
  • You can also add a drop or two of vanilla essence to your hot liquid coffee before mixing it in with the gelatin to add a sweet aroma and a subtle flavor!
  • Add some cocoa powder to your coffee before mixing in the gelatin to add a hint of chocolate to your coffee jello! The slight sweetness of the jelly mixing in with the bitterness from the coffee and that deliciousness of chocolate… so good 😍!
  • You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar added to the coffee or maybe even skip out on it if you prefer. I add just a little sugar to the coffee so the jello has a sweet-ish flavor (no need to add loads of tablespoons of sugar here, just a little gives a good flavor). You can also go ahead and use any sweetener of your choice! Whatever sweetener you choose to use will add its own distinct flavor to your coffee jello. You can try using brown sugar, coconut sugar or maybe even zero-calorie sweetener. There are so many options out there to make this a delicious sweet treat!
  • Making gelatin desserts is always fun because you can use sooo many different types of molds out there! You can get literally whatever shape you want. Go ahead and make star-shaped, heart-shaped or literally whatever shaped coffee jello and enjoy! If you’re making coffee jello for a group of people, you can use cupcake molds to make things easier too.
  • Got people coming over or just want to make this coffee jello easy to eat whenever you want it? One of the best ways to make things super easy is by using separate small serving cups or glasses (like I’ve done here below!) and pouring your gelatin coffee mixture into it to set. Then, whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out and add the condensed milk cream mixture on top and serve. You don’t need to go through that whole effort of trying to get the jello out of the mold. Simple and easy! When you’ve got guests coming over, you can use prettier glasses, making things sooo simple. Win-win! You can also use mason jars to enjoy this sweet treat.
  • You can add some salt to your condensed milk cream for just a hint of saltiness. That sweet and salty flavor is absolutely delish!
  • I adore the taste and texture condensed milk adds to this recipe and I’d never ask you to skip out on it. If you really want to skip out on condensed milk though, you can go ahead and mix in maybe honey, coconut condensed milk, maple syrup or white sugar with the heavy cream instead. You can also make your coffee jello sweeter by adding in more sugar and use just heavy cream that hasn’t been sweetened on top.
  • You can skip out on the heavy cream if you prefer but once again, I wouldn’t advise this because the texture and taste heavy cream adds in is incredible. You can go ahead and instead use half and half, a nice fatty milk, coconut cream, coconut milk or any other heavy cream substitute you prefer and mix it in with condensed milk.
  • You can skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and serve your coffee jello with just some whipped cream on top. The light airy texture of whipped cream and that gentle sweetness works pretty well with coffee jelly! You can make things extra indulgent and add the whipped cream on top of the condensed milk cream mixture too! It’s all your choice.
  • Wanna try something new? Go ahead and serve your coffee jelly with custard. I haven’t tried it this way yet but I’ve heard it’s pretty yum too.
  • Another delicious way to have coffee jello is by having it with some ice cream! You may have understood by now that you have so much freedom to work with this recipe because there are just so many ways you can have it and it’ll always taste amazing! It’s the best. Add some vanilla, chocolate… coffee ice cream (or whatever ice cream flavor you prefer or even a combination of different flavors of ice cream) to your coffee jello and enjoy. That delicious bitterness from the coffee jello along with that texture will taste sooooo good with ice cream. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, add some whipped cream on top and yum yum YUM! Go ahead and make a coffee jello sundae out of it and enjoy.
  • You can also skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and just mix your coffee jello in with some delicious fatty whole milk. Cut your coffee jello into cubes and add them to a glass of cold milk and gently sip on it, enjoying all those delicious flavors of coffee infused milk and chewing on small cubes of coffee jello. Delicious! You can top your milk with some delicious heavy cream for added creaminess too. Also enjoy that ombre effect as the coffee jello mixes with and dissolves in the milk.
  • Go ahead and serve your coffee jello with that delicious mix of condensed milk cream along with a slice of cake. I can’t even imagine how awesome it’ll taste, all those flavors and textures mixing together… yum! My personal fav is a slice of chocolate cake but you can try this coffee jello with any type of cake you prefer.
  • You can also have this delicious jello dessert with fruit! Go ahead and top your coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream with some delicious fruit you love and feel will go well here. You can go ahead and add strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, apples… The list is endless! The gentle bitterness and sweetness of the jelly paired with some fruit and topped with that sweet cream and condensed milk mixture… ah ❤.
  • Oh and this coffee jelly recipe is SO AMAZING because you can also add it to your favorite drinks. YAY 💃!!! Go ahead and slice your coffee jelly into small cubes and add it to your favorite drink. You can add your coffee jelly into iced coffee, iced tea, iced lattes, some cold milk tea, cold coffee, matcha latte, green tea, just plain milk, milkshakes… literally any drink you prefer! You can add it to some boba tea too and have it along with those delicious boba pearls.
  • Hey there coffee lovers, if you’re serving your coffee jello cut into cubes, you can slice those blocks of jelly into whatever-sized cubes you prefer! You can slice your coffee jello into medium-sized cubes for a deep coffee flavor and gentle bite or slice them into super tiny cubes for a melt in the mouth feel, delish!
  • Now that we’ve understood all the different ways you can have this coffee jelly recipe, let’s come down to how you can add some gorgeous toppings to it. Regardless of how you prefer to have your coffee jello recipe (with condensed milk cream, just plain whipped cream, ice cream, or a combination of any of these or all of them together), there are some delicious toppings you can add! You can add in maybe some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce on top. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top too. You can also add chocolate sprinkles/shavings/chips. Top it all with a tiny sprig of mint, a cherry, some coffee beans maybe or all three! You can also maybe add some nuts too such as peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews… pistachios… So many options!
  • You can also mix in condensed milk into your coffee and then add the gelatin to solidify it all together. It’s pretty delish! There’s a coffee out there called Vietnamese coffee and it does sort of the same thing. It’s basically coffee mixed with condensed milk and it tastes sooo good. You can then have the Vietnamese coffee jello as it is or topped with maybe some more condensed milk, or coffee beans or whatever you prefer. Yum!
  • Prefer to not use coffee? Okay! You can use sooo many other things out there. You can use maybe black tea or milk tea if you’re a tea person… Or matcha? Maybe even chocolate milk? Or green tea? I’m sure this jello will taste super awesome nonetheless!
  • You can also go ahead and enjoy your coffee however you like it, add some gelatin to it and have it in jello form. If you’re feeling experimental or just want to have a bit of fun, go ahead and make your coffee however you prefer (maybe you like your coffee black or with milk, sugar, caramel, cream, vanilla, some cocoa powder, condensed milk, cinnamon, I’ve heard some people making their coffee with lemon juice too!… Go ahead and add in whatever you like!) and then add gelatin into it! That’ll give you your favorite coffee in jello form which in my opinion is pretty fun 💃.

Continue reading if you would like to read about dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan adaptations of this recipe.

Note- If you think you have an ingredient that you feel is suitable as a substitute for a certain ingredient in this recipe, according to your dietary preference, you can use it and let us know how it works as a substitute in the comments below. I’ll then add it in as an adaptation suggestion here. This will help so many others with the same diet preference as yours.

Dairy-Free Adaptation:

To make some absolutely delightful dairy-free coffee jello with condensed milk cream…

  • You can substitute heavy cream with fatty coconut milk (canned is best) and use that thick fatty coconut milk layer on top. You can also use coconut cream. Cashew cream is a pretty good substitute too, I’ve heard. You can use any dairy-free milk or cream you prefer that you know is fatty and creamy to add to that delicious texture of this dessert.
  • Coming to the sweetened condensed milk, you can substitute it with sweetened coconut condensed milk to stick to that creamy texture we want in this dessert recipe. Go ahead and mix your coconut milk/cream with the sweetened coconut milk and enjoy that sweet creaminess. You can maybe only use sweetened coconut condensed milk too and skip out on the coconut milk or cream above, try it all these different ways till you find out what you prefer. You can also skip out on using coconut condensed milk and go ahead and just sweeten your coconut milk/cream with white sugar, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer.

Please always read through the ingredient list of all the ingredients to make sure they are dairy-free because hidden dairy may be present in some ingredients.

Vegetarian Adaptation:

There’s not just one main ingredient in this recipe and every ingredient is important here. I’ll give you substitutes for every non-vegetarian ingredient so you can enjoy this delicious dessert too. So YAY 💃🏻!

To make some delicious vegetarian coffee jello with condensed milk cream, you may be looking for a gelatin substitute (because gelatin may be made using animal parts) and agar-agar is a pretty good choice.

The jello may come out a little firm and not as jiggly but it’s still absolutely delicious and commonly used in Japan when making coffee jelly too (coffee jelly is really popular in Japan, it’s found almost everywhere including cafes as well as convenience stores!).

I’ve heard kanten powder is a good substitute too.

You can find agar-agar and kanten pretty easily in your local Asian grocery store.

Hey you, always make sure you read through the ingredient list of all the ingredients to make sure they are vegetarian.

Vegan Adaptation:

There’s not just one main ingredient in this recipe and every ingredient is important here. I’ll give you substitutes for every non-vegan ingredient so you can enjoy this delicious dessert too. So YAY 💃🏻!

To make some delicious vegan coffee jello with creamy condensed milk cream…

  • Agar-agar is a pretty good substitute for gelatin (since gelatin may be made using animal parts). Just go ahead and add some agar agar to your coffee mixture to get a delicious firm jello. The coffee jello made using agar agar may have a firmer texture and won’t be as jiggly but it’ll still be absolutely delicious. Agar agar powder is commonly used in Japan when making coffee jelly too (coffee jelly is really popular in Japan, it’s found almost everywhere including cafes as well as convenience stores)! I’ve heard kanten powder is a good substitute too. You can find agar-agar and kanten pretty easily in your local Asian grocery store.
  • White sugar isn’t vegan because it’s usually refined in a process that involves bone char. To sweeten your delicious coffee jello, you can experiment with different sweeteners and see which one you prefer best. That’s because each sweetener will lend its own unique taste to your delicious coffee jelly. You can try a type of vegan sugar you know and love, maple syrup (make sure it’s 100% vegan though), coconut sugar, agave syrup… there are loads of awesome options out there!
  • You can substitute heavy cream with fatty coconut milk (canned is best) and use that thick fatty coconut milk layer on top. You can also use coconut cream. Cashew cream is a pretty good substitute too, I’ve heard. You can use any vegan milk or cream you prefer that you know is nice and fatty and creamy to add to that delicious texture of this dessert.
  • Coming to the sweetened condensed milk, you can substitute it with sweetened coconut condensed milk to stick to that thick creamy texture we want in this dessert recipe. Go ahead and mix your coconut milk/cream with the sweetened coconut milk and enjoy that sweet creaminess. You can maybe only use sweetened coconut condensed milk too and skip out on the coconut milk or cream above, try it all these different ways till you find out what you prefer. You can also skip out on using coconut condensed milk and go ahead and just sweeten your coconut milk/cream with honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer. You can try using sweetened condensed oat milk too).

Please always read through the ingredient list of all the given ingredients in the recipe to make sure everything’s vegan.

Disclaimer– I’ve done research to make things easier for you guys, but please make sure you do your own research too if you are allergic to something or have a specific diet preference. The suggestions given above for dietary preferences are only suggestions and NOT medical advice. These are suggestions given just after a little research on the said dietary preferences. We are NOT trained medical professionals or nutritionists. You are responsible for yourself, so please ask your physician if you have any questions and make sure you always completely read through the ingredient list of any ingredients you use.

Close up of cubes of Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in a glass mug

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE COFFEE JELLO RECIPE WITH CONDENSED MILK CREAM [Step-by-Step Instructions With Photos]

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Please keep in mind that I go into lots of detail in all my recipes so you get to know all the super important tips and tricks when it comes to making a particular recipe. I always want you to make the BEST of whatever you’re cooking ❤.

Okay, let’s get to making this lush delicious creamy coffee dessert!

STEP 1: BLOOM THE GELATIN

A pretty important step that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Add your gelatin to a bowl of cold water. Make sure you use only cold water*.

Top view of a glass bowl with water and gelatin powder in it

Stir it once and leave it to bloom in the cold water for about 10 minutes.

Top view of a glass bowl with water and gelatin powder in it being mixed with a teaspoon

We can go ahead and make our coffee while the gelatin blooms in the cold water..

After 10 minutes your bloomed gelatin will swell up and may look a little like this…

Top view of a glass bowl with water and gelatin powder bloomed in it
Top view of a glass bowl with water and gelatin powder bloomed in it and stirred a little with a teaspoon

STEP 2: MAKE THE COFFEE

Time to make some nice hot coffee!

It’s a good idea to make your coffee while the gelatin blooms so we can get this dessert ready as quickly as possible.

Heat two cups of water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Top view of a saucepan with water in it

Once the hot water comes to a soft gentle boil (it doesn’t have to reach a rolling boil), reduce to medium heat.

Keeping our saucepan over medium heat, go ahead and add the coffee powder to the hot water.

Top view of a saucepan with water in it and a small bowl of instant coffee powder being poured in
Top view of a saucepan with water and instant coffee powder in it

Add sugar to the hot water as well.

Top view of a saucepan with water and instant coffee powder in it and a small bowl of sugar being poured in

Stir the hot coffee until the sugar has dissolved and everything has mixed really well together.

Now switch off the heat. Let the hot coffee stay in the saucepan.

STEP 3: MIX THE COFFEE AND GELATIN TOGETHER

Wait for the hot coffee to cool a little for just a minute or two if it’s too hot. You don’t need to wait for a lot of time.

The coffee doesn’t have to cool down completely, just until it’s not extremely hot anymore.

Now only once the 10 minutes of blooming is done, add in the bloomed gelatin mixture slowly in parts while stirring the gelatin coffee mixture with a whisk.

Top view of a saucepan with black coffee in it and a bowl of bloomed gelatin powder being poured from the side
Top view of a saucepan with black coffee in it and a bowl of bloomed gelatin powder being poured from the side with a teaspoon
Top view of a saucepan with black coffee and bloomed gelatin powder in it being stirred by a whisk

Stir gently so you don’t get too many bubbles in your coffee gelatin.

Once you’ve finished adding the entire gelatin mixture to the coffee, gently stir everything together using a whisk or a spoon until all that gelatin has mixed in really well with the coffee.

Top view of a saucepan with black coffee and bloomed gelatin powder in it being stirred by a whisk

Wait for the gelatin coffee mixture to cool down just a little more so it’s not super hot and is safe enough to pour mixture into whatever glass/mold/glass tray/bowl you prefer.

The coffee gelatin mixture doesn’t need to cool down completely.

You don’t need to wait until it reaches room temperature, just until you feel it’s safe enough to pour.

Now, you need to decide what you want to pour your coffee gelatin mixture into.

You can use molds such as maybe cupcake molds, or pretty-shaped molds… Perhaps even pretty glass bowls! You can also use a glass tray if you want to cut your coffee jello into cubes once it’s set.

Liquid mixture of black cofee and gelatin poured into two glass shaped molds on the left and also in a glass tray on the right

To help make your mind up:

  • You can add your coffee jello mixture into different-shaped molds or cupcake molds if you want to enjoy it that way with all those pretty jello shapes- use mold/s you like!
  • You can use gorgeous serving bowls or glasses, let the coffee jello set in there and serve it easily in that same bowl with some sweetened cream (our condensed milk+heavy cream mixture) on top- use pretty serving bowls or glasses!
  • You can slice your coffee jello into cubes and serve those cubes of jelly mixed with the condensed milk cream- pour your coffee gelatin mixture into a glass tray you prefer. You can switch the size of your glass tray depending on how thick or thin you want your cubes of jelly to be. The smaller the tray, the thicker your jello cubes, the bigger the tray, the thinner!

After you’ve poured your coffee gelatin mixture into whatever you prefer, you may notice a few bubbles.

If they’re bothering you, you can always pop them with a toothpick or remove them with a spoon.

Now go ahead and keep it in the fridge and wait for it to become a delicious jello!

You can cover it with a plastic wrap too if you prefer.

It’ll take about 2 to 4 hours for your coffee jello to set. This depends on the gelatin you’re using and your fridge.

STEP 4: MAKE THE CONDENSED MILK CREAM

It’s a good idea to make our sweetened cream (condensed milk+heavy cream) while waiting for the coffee jello to set.

That’s because everything will be ready once the jello sets and all we’ll need to do is serve it, YAY!

So yes, take a bowl and add in the heavy cream and condensed milk.

A glass bowl filled with heavy cream in it and another glass bowl right above it filled with sweetened condensed milk
A glass bowl filled with heavy cream in it and another glass bowl right above it filled with sweetened condensed milk being poured in the heavy cream

Mix them really well together.

A glass bowl filled with heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk mixture being stirred with a spoon

You can give your sweetened condensed milk cream a taste and see if you want it to be sweeter or maybe not as sweet.

If you want it to be sweeter, add in more condensed milk.

If you don’t want it to be as sweet, add in some heavy cream.

Once your condensed milk cream is ready, pop it in the fridge.

Let’s go relax a bit now, shall we? Our coffee jello will be ready in no time 💃🏻.

STEP 5: SERVE THE COFFEE JELLO WITH RICH CONDENSED MILK CREAM

So it’s now about 2 to 4 hours later

And woohoo, our coffee jello has finally set!

If your coffee jello hasn’t set, don’t worry, check the tips out here below to see what you can do ❤.

Here are a few ways you can serve your coffee jello depending on what you kept it in to set:

  • Now comes the tough part. If you’ve used a mold, it may be a little difficult to get your coffee jello out! If you’re finding it tough to get the jello out of the mold, check our suggestions below on what to do! Once your jello is out, place it on the plate or bowl you want to serve it in and add a dollop of creamy condensed milk cream or whipped cream or both on top.
Coffee Jello in a dessert bowl with a dollop of whipped cream on top
  • If you’ve used a pretty serving glass, you’re in luck! Just add some delicious creamy condensed milk cream on top and enjoy.
Plain coffee jello in a small glass
Coffee jello in a small glass having a mixure of sweetened condensed milk and cream poured into it with a spoon
Coffee jello half filled in a small glass having a mixure of sweetened condensed milk and cream in it
  • If you want to slice your coffee jello into cubes and serve it that way, first with a knife, slice your coffee jello into cubes (the size of your coffee cubes depends on you! You can slice them into the cutest tiniest cubes or nice medium-sized cubes with a delicious bite). This is pretty easy if you’ve used a glass tray to set your coffee jelly in. Then take a bowl and add in as many cubes of jelly and as much condensed milk cream as you prefer. Stir everything together gently and serve!
Coffee jelly in a glass tray cut into cubes
Cubes of coffee jello filled a glass mug with sweet condensed milk and cream mixture being poured in

So yep, these are the three main ways you can serve your coffee jello, you can top everything up with some whipped cream too, if you prefer.

Let me know in the comments below what’s YOUR favorite way to serve your coffee jello ❤!

You can check out our super awesome Variations above as well as Serving Suggestions below for more ideas on how to serve this deliciously gorgeous recipe.

Go ahead and take a bite of that wonderful sweet dessert… OH MY GOODNESS how *amazing* does it taste huh 💖?!

So rich… so good… And it’s all YOU, good on you! Go ahead and enjoy it now, you’ve earned it 😊⭐.

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Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream served in four different ways in four different glasses

TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST HOMEMADE COFFEE JELLO RECIPE WITH CONDENSED MILK CREAM

Hey there!

Yes yes, we know this coffee jello recipe is probably the simplest dessert recipe EVER 😉 but hey, here are some tips to make things even easier ❤.

  • Please don’t forget to bloom your gelatin you guys! If you don’t bloom your gelatin, it’ll become all lumpy and clumpy. It also won’t dissolve easily into your coffee. Don’t put yourself through that, it’s a pain!
  • Something to keep in mind is that the firmness of your coffee jelly depends on how much gelatin you use. So if you prefer a hard firm jelly, go ahead and use more gelatin. If you prefer a soft jelly, use a little gelatin. Use not too much nor too little gelatin, just something in the middle to make some delicious coffee finger jello. Finger jello is basically what it means, jello that’s nice and firm to hold using your fingers but deliciously soft and juicy once you bite into it ❤ yum. The more you make this recipe, the more you’ll understand what texture of jelly you prefer and how much gelatin you need to add to get that amount of firmness.
  • If you’re looking for a substitute for gelatin or if it’s just not working for you for some reason, don’t worry! There are many options out there with agar agar powder being a pretty famous one. Keep in mind though that agar and gelatin both will give your jello a very different texture and well, feel. Gelatin will make your coffee jelly bouncy and soft. Agar-agar will give your coffee jelly a firmer texture and will make it brittle, which means it won’t melt in your mouth the way gelatin will but it will have a gentle bite. Both are delicious though with agar agar powder being used the most in Japan (coffee jelly is really popular there. It’s found almost everywhere including cafes as well as convenience stores!).
  • You can choose to use how much ever coffee you want if you want to make your coffee jello stronger or maybe not as strong. You can use a stronger coffee too if you like. Keep in mind that your coffee may get weaker as it mixes with the gelatin. The amount of coffee I’ve used is perfect for me and I feel you’ll like it too but hey, we’re all humans with our own preferences so once you make this recipe a couple of times you’ll understand how strong *you* prefer your coffee jello to be 💖.
  • You can increase or decrease the amount of tablespoons of sugar added to the coffee or maybe even skip out on it if you prefer. I add just a little sugar (not too many tablespoons of sugar!) to the coffee so the coffee jello has a sweet-ish flavor. You can also go ahead and use whatever sweetener you prefer! Whatever sweetener you choose to use will add its own distinct flavor to your coffee jello. You can try using brown sugar, coconut sugar or maybe even zero-calorie sweetener. There are so many options out there!
  • If you prefer sugar in your coffee jello like me, a good way to know how much is enough would be to add some sugar to your coffee, give it a good stir, taste it and then decide if you want more sugar or not. Remember though that the sweetened condensed milk cream will add quite a lot of sweetness to our dessert so don’t make your coffee jello too sweet (unless that’s what you’re into of course 😉).
  • The same goes for your condensed milk cream too, once you mix your condensed milk cream together, give it a good taste. If you want it to be sweeter, add more sweetened condensed milk in. If you don’t want it to be as sweet, add in more heavy cream. The measurements I’ve given here are what I prefer but the more you make this recipe, the more you’ll understand what you prefer.
  • When you’re stirring the bloomed gelatin into your coffee, do it gently with a whisk or fork. Whisking that hot liquid really fast may give you lots of bubbles which is alright (it won’t affect your coffee jello) but if you don’t want bubbles, it’ll be a good idea to whisk/stir your hot coffee gently. You may still get a few bubbles though because that’s just what happens sometimes and if they’re bothering you, you can always pop them with a toothpick or take them out with a spoon.
  • Let that jelly set! I know how exciting it is and how much you’ll want to keep opening your fridge to check on your coffee jello to see if it’s set yet or not but it’s best not to disturb your coffee jello. Just relax and let that jelly set in peace 💃🏻.
  • Once you make this recipe, you’ll understand how much condensed milk and heavy cream mixture you prefer and the proportions you prefer them in with your coffee jello. You can increase or decrease the amount of each of them according to your liking. You can reduce the total amount of sweetened cream (condensed milk+heavy cream mixture) too if you prefer more of a coffee taste or increase it if you absolutely love the sweet rich creaminess it adds. I’ve given you amounts of how much condensed milk+heavy cream mixture I prefer and love with my coffee jello but the more you make this recipe, you may prefer things differently. Go ahead and experiment and make this recipe your own 💖.
  • Condensed milk is soooooooo delish but it has a tiny flaw, it’s difficult to mix! Or at least, I think so because my condensed milk seems to settle down to the bottom if I don’t mix it super well. So yes, mix your condensed milk and heavy cream really well together so the condensed milk doesn’t ever settle at the bottom, giving you the perfect dessert all nice and drizzled over your silky smooth coffee jello every single time.
  • Want to make this coffee jello super easy to eat whenever you want? Or got people coming over? Go ahead and use individual cups or glasses and pour your coffee gelatin mix into them to set. Then, whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out, just add the condensed milk cream mixture on top and serve. No need to go through the whole effort of trying to get the jello out of the mold. Simple and easy! When you’ve got guests coming over, you can use really pretty glasses, making things sooo simple. This is a super easy treat with not much hard work involved at all, such a win-win! You can use mason jars too.
  • If you prefer serving your coffee jello in cubes mixed in with that delicious condensed milk cream and want to keep it ready for maybe a dinner party or as a delicious dessert for yourself, go ahead and slice your coffee jello into cubes. Put those cubes of jelly into a large bowl and add the condensed milk cream mix to it. Mix everything gently together, cover with a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to have it. It’ll chill in the fridge and be ready for whenever you want to serve it to your guests or have it on your own. Just scoop it into a bowl/s and enjoy! Make sure you have this within a day or two or else the coffee jello may start to melt in the condensed milk cream.
  • Always make sure your coffee jello is refrigerated and not kept out for long because it will start to melt (literally even at room temperature if it’s kept out for too long!), and we don’t want our coffee jello going to waste now, do we?
  • If you’re serving this coffee jello at a party or if you’re just enjoying it on your own, make sure to keep some extra sweet condensed milk heavy cream mixture around. Some people may prefer more of it and my goodness it just tastes so good ❤. (add in recipe card tips!)
  • To really enjoy your coffee jello, you can make this coffee jelly with your favorite coffee! There are no rules or limits when it comes to this recipe. Go ahead and brew your coffee the way you like it. You can make it nice and strong too if you want. If you’re in the mood to experiment, you can try different coffee flavors that exist out there too such as mocha, hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla…! You can maybe even use espresso too to make things even stronger. You can also use decaf coffee or maybe even canned coffee if you prefer. There are so many options and it’s all your choice!
  • It’s so much fun working with gelatin desserts because you can use so many different types of molds out there! Go ahead and make star-shaped, heart-shaped or literally whatever shaped coffee jello and enjoy! If you’re making coffee jello for a group of people, go ahead and use cupcake molds to make things easier.
  • Getting your jello out of a mold a little difficult? Does it break every single time? Or come out weird? I get it and thank goodness there are a few ways to fix that problem. Of course, the first thing you can do is turn the mold upside down over a plate or bowl you want to serve it in and give it a shake to get your jello out. If that doesn’t work, you can always place your mold in a bowl of warm water for a couple of seconds. Remove it, turn it upside down again and try giving it a gentle shake to get it out. Repeat this a couple of times (don’t keep your mold in for too long or your jello will start to melt) and your jello will come out in no time! You can also try breaking that sticky jello-ness using a thin knife and running it around the border of the jello gently. You can also use a jello mold with a seal to set your coffee jello in.
  • When it comes to jello desserts, I feel we sometimes worry a bit about the shape and things of our jello. The best thing here is that this dessert is so delicious, it doesn’t have to LOOK perfect. So don’t worry for even a single second if your coffee jello doesn’t look perfect out of the mold. Just lather it up with some condensed milk cream (it’ll look pretty and intriguing) and when you or whoever bites into it, everything will become secondary cause that’s how amazing it tastes. The same goes for when you serve this coffee jello cut into cubes. Don’t worry if your cubes of jelly aren’t cut symmetrically. They don’t have to be perfect! They’ll look beautiful mixed in with the condensed milk cream and will taste absolutely amazing too. No one will even notice. Nothing has to look perfect when it tastes this good so just relax ❤. Don’t be hard on yourself.
Close up of Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in a small glass with a spoon inserted in it

SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR HOMEMADE COFFEE JELLO RECIPE WITH CONDENSED MILK CREAM

There are sooo many ways to serve this delicious coffee jelly dessert.

You’ll soon understand what’s your most favorite way to serve it once you make it a couple of times. Here are a couple of ideas 💃🏻!

  • You can go ahead and serve your coffee jello with heavy cream and condensed milk mixed together, the way we’ve made our recipe here. We absolutely love it like this!
  • You can also skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and serve your coffee jello with just some whipped cream on top. The light airy texture of whipped cream and that subtle sweetness works really well with coffee jelly!
  • You can serve your coffee jello with condensed milk, heavy cream and whipped cream. Woah, a party! You can also serve your coffee jelly dessert with any variation using any two (heavy cream, condensed milk, whipped cream) together or using only one of them.
  • You can slice your coffee jello into cubes and mix it in with heavy cream and condensed milk, this is another way we’ve given our recipe here.
  • You can also just have the coffee jello as it is without a cream topping. I’ll be honest, I don’t really prefer it this way and feel the beauty of this recipe lies in the flavors of coffee mixing in with that delicious creamy condensed milk cream goodness (oooh the flavors and textures!) but hey, people have different tastes and you can try having your coffee jello this way and see if you like it!
  • If you prefer serving your coffee jello in cubes mixed in with that delicious condensed milk cream and want to keep it ready for a party or as a delicious dessert for yourself for a day or two, go ahead and slice your coffee jello into cubes. Add those cubes to a large bowl and pour in the condensed milk cream mix. Mix everything gently together, cover with a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to have it. It’ll chill in the fridge and be ready for whenever you want to serve it to your guests or have it on your own, nice and chilled. Scoop it into pretty and clear glass bowls so those coffee cubes can look all awesome suspended in the condensed milk cream, gorgeous ⭐. Have it within a day or two because your jello may start melting into the cream if you wait for too long.
  • Want to make this coffee jello easy to eat whenever you want it? Or maybe you’ve got people coming over? Go ahead and use separate small serving cups or glasses and pour your coffee gelatin mix into it to set. Then, whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out and add the condensed milk cream mixture on top and serve. No need to go through the effort of trying to get the jello out of the mold! Super simple. You can also use prettier glasses whenever you’ve got guests coming over… Win-win! You can use mason jars too.
  • You can also add this coffee jelly to your favorite drinks. YAY *💃🏻!!! Just slice it into small cubes and add it to your drink. You can add your coffee jelly into iced coffee, iced tea, iced lattes, some cold milk tea, cold coffee, just plain milk, chocolate milkshake or any other milkshake you prefer… literally any drink you prefer! You can add it to some boba tea too and have it along with those delicious boba pearls.
  • Hey there coffee lovers, if you’re serving coffee jello cubes, you can slice those blocks of jelly into whatever-sized cubes you prefer! You can slice your coffee jello into medium-sized cubes for a deep coffee flavor and gentle bite or slice them into super tiny cubes for a melt in the mouth feel, delish!
  • You can also skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and just mix your coffee jello in with some delicious fatty whole milk. Cut your coffee jello into cubes and add them to a glass of cold milk gently sip on it, enjoying all that delicious milk with the gentle flavors of coffee… chewing on small cubes of coffee jello with each sip. Delicious! You can also top your milk with some rich heavy cream for added creaminess too. Also enjoy that ombre effect as the coffee jello mixes with and dissolves in the milk.
  • You can serve your coffee jello with that delicious mix of condensed milk cream along with a slice of cake. My goodness I can’t even imagine how amazing it’ll taste, all those flavors and textures mixing together… yum! My personal fav is a slice of chocolate cake but you can try this coffee jello with any cake you prefer.
  • If you wanna try something new. go ahead and serve your coffee jelly with custard. I haven’t tried it this way yet but I’ve heard it’s pretty yum. It’s served like this in Japan too sometimes (coffee jello is a super popular Japanese dessert).
  • Another super delicious way to have coffee jello is by having it with some ice cream! Add a scoop of vanilla, chocolate… coffee ice cream (or whatever ice cream flavor you prefer or even a combination of different flavors of ice cream) to your coffee jello and ah, enjoy ❤. That delicious bitterness from the coffee jello along with that texture will taste incredible with ice cream. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, add some whipped cream on top and… oh my goodness. What do I even say? Go ahead and make a coffee jello sundae and enjoy.
  • Making a jello-based something is loads of fun cause you can use so many different types of molds out there! You can get literally whatever shape you want. Go ahead and make star-shaped, heart-shaped or literally whatever shaped coffee jello and enjoy! If you’re making coffee jello for a group of people, you can use cupcake molds to make things easier!
  • You can also have this delicious jello dessert with some fruit! Go ahead and top your coffee jelly with condensed milk cream with some delicious fruit you adore and feel will go well here. You can go ahead and add strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, apples… The list is endless!
  • Now that we’ve understood all the different ways you can have this coffee jelly recipe, let’s come down to how you can add some gorgeous toppings to it. Regardless of how you prefer to have your coffee jelly recipe (with condensed milk cream, just plain whipped cream, ice cream, a combination of any of these or all of them together), there are some delicious toppings you can add! You can drizzle maybe some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce on top. You can sprinkle some cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top too. You can also add chocolate sprinkles/shavings/chips, maybe even some grated chocolate or whatever is your favorite chocolate. Maybe add in some wafers or even a waffle cone if you’re serving it along with ice cream (like a sundae). Some cookies you prefer all nice and crushed? Brownie or cake crumbles? My goodness, so many options 😍! Top it all with a tiny sprig of mint, a cherry, some coffee beans maybe or all three! You can also add some nuts too such as peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews… pistachios… So many options!
Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream in a glass mug on the right and three coffee jello cubes next to it on the left

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I just can’t get my coffee jello to set. What do I do?

Oooh I completely understand what you’re going through.

When I was making this recipe the very first time, I was so scared my coffee jello wouldn’t set either because I had never worked with gelatin before.

I mean, I hadn’t even made jello using jelly powder ever so it was a whole new thing for me!

If your coffee jello doesn’t seem to be setting, try and do the following:

  • So… have you waited enough 😉? Wait at least 2 to 4 hours, maybe even more. Sometimes I’m just so excited I can’t stop opening the fridge and seeing the jello. Relax and give your jello time to set. If your gelatin has set a little and is still a little liquidy, maybe you can try adding more gelatin when you make it again the next time (with time, you’ll learn how much gelatin is necessary and how much you prefer to get the jello consistency you like). If your gelatin is super liquidy and hasn’t set even a bit, follow the suggestions below.
  • Check the basics. Are you using the same amount of gelatin mentioned here? Did you add too many cups of water and not enough gelatin? Are you leaving your gelatin to bloom for a while? Are you making sure you add your bloomed gelatin to the coffee when it’s not still boiling? Are you mixing your gelatin well with the coffee? We usually make the tiniest mistakes when it comes to jello and these are easily solvable ❤.
  • You can also check the package instructions for the brand of gelatin you’re using. Different brands work differently. Follow what they’re asking you to do. Maybe that’ll help! If it’s just not working, try using gelatin from another brand.
  • If nothing seems to be working, don’t worry. Just go ahead and use another gelling agent such as maybe agar agar. There are loads of options out there and you don’t need to stick to just gelatin.

Can I use instant coffee when making this Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream? Can espresso shots be used instead of regular coffee for a stronger coffee flavor in the jello?

The best part about this Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream is that you can use whatever coffee you prefer to make the coffee jello 💃🏻.

So yes, go ahead and use instant coffee if you want (like I have here).

You can brew your own coffee as well. You can use whatever flavors you prefer in your coffee to make your jello too.

And YES, you can use espresso shots too for a stronger coffee flavor if you want. YAY!

Can I make this coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream ahead of time pretty easily.

It’s always preferable to leave your coffee jello to set for 2 to 4 hours. You can leave it to set overnight too. This makes it an awesome recipe to prepare ahead of time!

Go ahead and make your condensed milk cream as well and store it in another container in the fridge.

Then serve your coffee jello with condensed milk cream whenever you want to.

Please make sure you don’t keep your coffee jello waiting for more than 2 days. I’ve noticed it just gets a super weird texture then.

How do I store my coffee jello with creamy condensed milk cream? How long does coffee jello last in the fridge?

It’s pretty easy to store your coffee jello with creamy condensed milk cream.

It’s always best to store your coffee jello and condensed milk cream in separate airtight containers in the fridge.

If you’ve already mixed your coffee jello with the condensed milk cream, just go ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

My personal suggestion is to not keep it in the fridge beyond 2 days. If your coffee jello is stored on its own for a long time, even if it’s in an airtight container, it may start to develop a funny texture.

And if it’s stored with the condensed milk cream for a long time, it may start to lose its shape and may get watery because of all the moisture.

Best thing would be to have it within 2 days whether you’re storing the coffee jello on its own or with the condensed milk cream mixture.

Can you use milk instead of water when making this coffee jello recipe?

Yes, you can use milk instead of water when making this coffee jello recipe.

You can replace your cups of water with cups of milk 💃🏻! This recipe makes it possible.

If you prefer milk in your coffee, you can go ahead and make your coffee however you like it (with milk and sugar), add the bloomed gelatin to it, pour mixture into a mold or glass (or whatever you prefer) and leave it to set!

You can go ahead and serve your milky coffee jello with or without the condensed milk cream because it’ll already include milk. It’s like eating your coffee. Delish!

You can also make a very famous variation called Vietnamese coffee.

Just go ahead and add condensed milk to your coffee, add the bloomed gelatin to it and leave it in the fridge to set.

It’s a delicious sweet creamy jello with the flavor of coffee. Wow!

Oooh boy this coffee jelly recipe is sooo VERSATILE and you can make it however you want! That’s one of the best things about this easy coffee jelly recipe.

What is coffee jelly in bubble tea?

Tiny coffee jello cubes are being added to bubble tea these days! And I think that’s pretty cool!

So I don’t know if this is something new but I recently traveled abroad and visited a super famous boba cafe.

I saw coffee jello as an option to add to your boba tea and I had NO idea this was a thing.

I was like woah what the heck?

Of course I tried it. It tasted pretty good too!

So yep, it’s a pretty fun interesting thing to try.

You can go ahead and add tiny coffee jello cubes to your bubble tea.

Make sure they’re small enough so they don’t get stuck in the straw and just enjoy it with those delicious tapioca pearls.

Your drink will get a pleasant gentle coffee flavor in the process too.

What is Japanese coffee jelly made of?

Japanese coffee jelly, also known as kohii zerii in Japan, is usually made with coffee, sugar, water and a gelling agent such as gelatin or agar-agar. Agar-agar is most commonly used in Japan when making coffee jelly.

Japanese coffee jelly/kohii zerii is also commonly served in Japan topped with a sweet creamy mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream or half and half or even whipped cream.

It is also served sliced into cubes suspended in a delicious mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream or sweetened half and half.

Japanese coffee jelly/kohii zerii is a super popular Japanese dessert. It’s super famous in Japan and is found almost everywhere including cafes as well as convenience stores!

What is coffee jelly supposed to taste like?

Coffee jello tastes absolutely delicious ❤. And I’m not just saying that.

With every bite, you’ll have that jiggly coffee jelly melt and burst into delicious bittersweet coffee in your mouth, mixing and melting in with the creamy sweet condensed milk cream.

The coffee jello has a gentle bite and once you bite into it, it gushes with delicious coffee. When those flavors mix in with the creamy rich condensed milk cream, woah, it feels like a party 💖.

So rich, creamy and delicious.

The flavors and textures of coffee jello and condensed milk cream are incredible. They just work so well together!

This quick coffee dessert will become one of your most favorite desserts in the whole world.

When I first heard about coffee jello I thought it sounded yummy and well, that’s it. Boy, I had no idea.

The second I took that first bite I couldn’t imagine something tasting this good. It caught me by surprise.

This is an absolutely delicious and incredible tasting coffee dessert and I just know you’ll love it. Try it right now and lemme know how you like it in the comments below!

What country invented coffee jelly?

So many people think coffee jelly was invented in Japan because of how popular it is there today but coffee jelly was actually invented in England. It goes way back and was mentioned in an English cookbook that was published in 1817.

Can you imagine? That’s literally more than 200 years ago! Incredible!

It then made its way to America, was mentioned in quite a few American cookbooks too and became pretty popular in New England.

It finally made its way to Japan where it’s super popular even today.

There are quite a few theories on how it reached Japan with some saying a student learned this recipe while studying Home Economics in the United States and gave the recipe to Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper. This Japanese newspaper then went on to publish this coffee jello recipe in 1914.

This delicious dessert became super popular in Japan in the 1960s when the famous Japanese chain coffee shop, Mikado Coffee, started selling coffee jelly/kohii zerii and advertising it as “coffee that you can eat”.

What do you eat coffee jelly with?

You can have your coffee jelly in so many different ways with one of our favorites being along with some condensed milk cream the way we’ve served it in our recipe here!

Some other ways can be…

  • You can serve your coffee jello with some whipped cream on top. It’s a great addition! The light airy texture of whipped cream and that subtle sweetness work really well with coffee jelly! Top it up with some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and enjoy 💃🏻.
  • You can also add this coffee jelly to your favorite drinks. Slice it into small cubes and add it into whatever drink you prefer. You can add your coffee jelly to iced coffee, iced tea, iced lattes, some cold milk tea, just plain milk, milkshakes… so many options! You can also add it to some bubble tea too and have it along with those delicious boba pearls.
  • You can serve your coffee jello and condensed milk cream along with a slice of cake. All those flavors and textures mixing together… yum! My personal fave is a slice of chocolate cake but you can have this coffee jello with any cake you prefer.
  • Wanna try something new? Go ahead and serve your coffee jelly with custard. I’ve heard it’s pretty yum. This is also how it’s served in Japan in some places there.
  • You can serve your coffee jello with some ice cream too! Add whatever ice cream flavor you prefer (vanilla, chocolate, coffee… loads of options!) or even a combination of different flavors of ice cream to your coffee jello and enjoy 💖. If you wanna add a little extra something, top it up with some whipped cream and… what do I even say 😍? Enjoy!
  • You can have this delicious jello dessert with some fruit too! Top your coffee jelly with condensed milk cream with some delicious fruit you absolutely love and feel will go well here. You can add strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, apples… The list is endless! Such a delicious and easy treat.

For more suggestions on what you can have your coffee jello with, you can check our Serving Suggestions out above!

Is it okay to add condensed milk to coffee?

Yes, you can add some condensed milk to your coffee! It’ll taste absolutely delicious.

There’s a coffee out there called Vietnamese coffee and it sort of does the same thing.

It’s basically coffee mixed with condensed milk and tastes incredible. You can have it as it is or go ahead and add some bloomed gelatin to it to make some delicious solid condensed milk coffee cubes.

You can have Vietnamese coffee jello as it is or topped with maybe some more condensed milk, or coffee beans, heavy cream, whipped cream or whatever you prefer. Yum!

Can condensed milk be substituted with milk in this coffee jello recipe?

When it comes to making the condensed milk cream mixture using condensed milk and heavy cream to add on top of your coffee jelly, you can substitute the condensed milk with milk but you won’t get that same thick syrupy texture and delicious sweetness that condensed milk gives.

Condensed milk and heavy cream are a great addition to coffee jello and make it taste absolutely incredible.

Milk will thin out your cream and won’t add that rich sweetness that condensed milk will.

You can try using half and half (half milk and half cream) though. It may not be as thick and you’ll have to sweeten it in another way. See how it tastes and goes with your coffee jello. Lemme know in the comments below if you like it that way or if you have any other substitutes you prefer!

What is the best type of gelatin to use for coffee jello with condensed milk cream?

The best type of gelatin to use when making coffee jello with condensed milk cream is unflavored gelatin.

You can use gelatin powder as well as gelatin sheets. Any gelatin type is fine but just make sure you use unflavored gelatin. Also, make sure you don’t use flavored jelly powder.

Are there any vegan alternatives to gelatin when making coffee jello with condensed milk?

Oh yes, there are vegan alternatives to gelatin if you want to make some vegan coffee jello.

Agar agar is a pretty good vegan substitute for gelatin. Your coffee jello may be a little firm and not as jiggly but it’ll still be absolutely delicious.

Agar agar is commonly used in Japan when making coffee jelly too (coffee jelly is really popular in Japan)!

I’ve heard you can use Kanten powder as well.

You can use maybe carrageenan too but this is a bit of a controversial ingredient sometimes so do your research before using it.

You can check out our Vegan Adaptation for this recipe above to learn about more vegan alternatives!

How can I incorporate flavors like vanilla or caramel into my coffee jello with condensed milk cream?

If you’ve gone through our Variations Section above, you may have understood just how versatile this recipe is.

You can incorporate whatever flavors you like into your coffee jello with condensed milk.

When it comes to flavors like vanilla or caramel, you can maybe go ahead and add some vanilla essence to your coffee. You can also maybe mix in some vanilla syrup too?

To get some delicious caramelly flavors, you can go ahead and pour some thick rich caramel sauce or syrup over your coffee jello with condensed milk cream. Yum!

How should coffee jello with condensed milk cream be served for the best presentation and taste? What are some creative toppings or add-ins for coffee jello made with condensed milk?

Oooh there are so many ways you can serve this delicious coffee jello with condensed milk cream to make it look and taste pretty ❤.

A few ways are:

  • You can serve your coffee jello with heavy cream and condensed milk mixed together, the way we’ve given in our recipe here. It’s incredible this way!
  • You can also serve your coffee jello with just some whipped cream on top. The light cloud-like feel of whipped cream and its gentle sweetness work amazingly well with coffee jelly!
  • Go ahead and serve your coffee jello with condensed milk, heavy cream and whipped cream. Ooo, a party 💃🏻! You can also serve your coffee jelly with any variation using any two (heavy cream, condensed milk, whipped cream) together or maybe even only one of them.
  • You can slice your coffee jello into cubes and mix it in with heavy cream and condensed milk, this is another way we’ve given our recipe here. It tastes so good, floating in the creamy condensed milk mixture.
  • Another super delicious way to have coffee jello is by serving it with some ice cream! Add a scoop of vanilla, chocolate or maybe even coffee ice cream (literally whatever ice cream flavor you prefer or even a combination of different flavors of ice cream) to your coffee jello and enjoy ❤. That delicious bitterness from the coffee jello with that soft melt in the mouth texture will taste incredible with ice cream. If you’re feeling a little extra, add some whipped cream on top and… oh my goodness 😍. Go ahead and make a coffee jello sundae and enjoy.
  • Now that we’ve understood a few ways you can have this coffee jelly, let’s talk about toppings. You can drizzle some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce on top of your coffee jello with condensed milk cream. You can sprinkle some cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top too. You can also add chocolate sprinkles/shavings/chips, maybe even some grated chocolate or whatever is your favorite chocolate. Maybe add in some wafers if you like or a waffle cone if you’re serving your coffee jello along with ice cream (like a sundae). Some cookies you prefer all nice and crushed? Brownie or cake crumbles? My goodness, so many options 😍! Top it all with a tiny sprig of mint, a cherry, some coffee beans maybe or all three! You can also maybe add some nuts too such as peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews… pistachios… So many options!

There are so many more different options in our Serving Suggestions above. Check them out!

Are there any low-sugar or sugar-free versions of coffee jello with condensed milk cream?

Yes, you can go ahead and use whatever sweetener you prefer when you’re making this easy coffee jello recipe!

You can add less sugar to the coffee. You can maybe even skip out on it if you prefer having your coffee that way. I wouldn’t suggest this and I prefer adding just a little sugar to the coffee so the coffee jello is sweet-ish and not too strong.

You can also go ahead and use whatever sweetener you prefer! Remember that the sweetener you use will add its own distinct flavor to your coffee jello.

You can use brown sugar, coconut sugar or maybe even zero/low-calorie sweetener. You can use whatever zero sugar sweetener you prefer too. There are so many options out there!

Coming to the condensed milk, you can skip out on using sweetened condensed milk as well. You can go ahead and use just evaporated milk, just plain heavy cream or half and half and add your own choice of sweetener to it.

Can almond milk or other non-dairy milk be used in place of condensed milk for a lactose-free version?

Yes, you definitely can use non-dairy milk in place of condensed milk for a lactose-free version of this coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream.

Since we are using both heavy cream as well as condensed milk, these are a few of our suggestions:

  • You can substitute heavy cream with fatty coconut milk (canned is best) and use that thick fatty coconut milk layer on top. You can also use coconut cream. I’ve heard cashew cream is a pretty good substitute too. You can use any dairy-free milk or cream you prefer that you know is fatty and creamy to add to that delicious texture of this dessert.
  • You can substitute the sweetened condensed milk with sweetened coconut condensed milk to get that creamy texture we want in this delicious dessert recipe. Go ahead and mix your coconut milk/cream with the sweetened coconut milk and enjoy that sweet rich creaminess. You can also maybe use only sweetened coconut condensed milk too and skip out on the coconut milk or cream above. Go ahead and give all these different ways a try until you find out what you prefer. You can try using sweetened condensed oat milk too. You can also skip out on using coconut condensed milk and go ahead and just sweeten your coconut milk/cream with white sugar, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer.

Is it possible to layer coffee jello with condensed milk cream with other jello flavors?

Oh yes, you can layer coffee jello with whatever other jello flavors you like that you feel will go well with it! There are so many jello flavors out there that you can use, lemme know what flavor of jelly powder you prefer layering your coffee jello with.

You can also maybe go ahead and layer your coffee jello with some vanilla milk jello, chocolate milk jello or even condensed milk jello. So many options!

You can layer your coffee jello with so many things out there such as chocolate mousse, condensed milk, gelatinized milk, fruit, wafers, cookies, custard, cake… I mean, you can go crazy with this recipe and that’s the best thing about it. It goes so well with lots of stuff. You can make multiple layers too! It makes such a pretty layered dessert ❤.

I’ve also seen people making trifles with coffee jello that taste absolutely incredible!

How can I adjust the recipe to make a firmer or softer coffee jello texture?

It’s super easy to change the texture of your jello BUT it may take a bit of trial and error.

The firmness of your coffee jelly depends on how much gelatin you use.

If you prefer a firm jelly, use more gelatin than the amount we’ve used in the recipe here.

If you prefer a softer jelly, use lesser gelatin than how much we’ve used in the recipe here.

To make a jello that’s something in the middle, not too firm nor too soft, use not too much nor too little gelatin, just something right in the middle. Jello with this texture is known as finger jello

Finger jello is basically what it sounds like, jello that’s nice and firm enough to hold between your fingers but also deliciously soft and juicy once you bite into it ❤ yum coffee finger jello.

Hey you, don’t worry. The more you make this recipe (one of the best ways to learn 😊!), the more you’ll understand what texture of jello you prefer and how much gelatin you’ll need to add to get it.

The gelling agent you use matters too. Gelatin will give you a bouncy, jiggly melt in the mouth texture. Agar agar will give you a firmer jello that’s brittle (it won’t melt in the mouth, it rather breaks… if you know what I mean).

Is there a recommended method to unmold coffee jello without breaking it?

Agh, I hate when I can’t get my jello out of the mold easily! Things have gotten easier after discovering these tips and tricks to unmold my coffee jello without breaking it though so here you go, I hope these help you as much as they help me!

  • Of course the first thing you can do is turn the mold upside down over a plate or bowl and give it a shake to get your jello out (you’ve probably tried it already).
  • If that doesn’t work, go ahead and place your mold in a bowl of warm water for a few seconds (don’t keep your mold in for too long or your jello will start to melt 😱). Take it out, turn it upside down and try giving it a gentle shake to get the jello out. Repeat this a couple of times and your jello will be out in no time!
  • You can also try breaking that sticky jello-ness using a super thin knife and running it around the border of the jello gently. You can also use a jello mold with a seal to set your coffee jello the next time you’re making it to make things a tiny bit easier (I haven’t tried such molds yet and torture myself with the whole process of getting the jello out unscathed 😉 but I heard molds like these really help!).

Can coffee jello with condensed milk cream be made in individual serving cups?

Yes, you can make your coffee jello with condensed milk cream in individual serving cups and this is one of the best ways to make it (in my opinion)!

It just makes everything so much easier.

Especially if you want to make this coffee jello easy to eat whenever you want it.

As well as if you’ve got people coming over. You don’t need to go through the entire ordeal of getting the jello out of the mold and can serve your coffee jello in the glass/cup itself!

Just go ahead and use small individual cups or glasses and pour your coffee gelatin mix into it to set.

Then, whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out and add the condensed milk cream mixture on top and serve.

You can also use super pretty glasses whenever you’ve got guests coming over… Win-win 💃🏻! You can use mason jars too.

Why use condensed milk in coffee jello?

Condensed milk is so essential in this coffee jello recipe that I just can’t imagine it without it.

I mean, imagine this… Taking a bite of coffee jello, having it burst with delicious bitter coffee in your mouth mixing and melting with some creamy sweet condensed milk cream…

The flavors and textures of coffee jello and condensed milk cream are absolutely incredible and every single ingredient that works towards making this happen is important.

Condensed milk adds a delicious sweetness to the heavy cream.

It also has the most gorgeous thick syrupy texture that when mixed in with heavy cream gives us a delicious cream to pair our coffee jello with

And then having the coffee jello with that rich sweet cream… the flavors are beyond anything I can explain and you need to try it RIGHT NOW!

Do you need to refrigerate coffee jello with condensed milk cream?

Yep, you do need to refrigerate your coffee jello with condensed milk cream.

First of all, it helps the whole gelling process and helps your coffee jello set faster.

Second, this dessert is best served nice and chill. Yum!

And third, even once you’re done making your coffee jello, have topped it with the condensed milk cream and eaten it and then have some leftovers (impossible 😉!), your coffee jello with condensed milk cream still needs to return to the fridge. Staying nice and cold will help it stay fresh for longer and will prevent it from melting and losing its pretty jello form.

Can I make this Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream according to my diet preference?

Yes, you can make this delicious Homemade Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream according to your diet preference!

It’s a super delicious versatile dessert that you can change up and work with in so many different ways.

Explore the Variations Section above to see our suggestions on how you can make some vegetarian coffee jello, dairy-free coffee jello and vegan coffee jello.

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HOMEMADE Coffee Jello Recipe with Condensed Milk Cream

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Meet our homemade coffee jello recipe with condensed milk cream! Jiggly gorgeous coffee jello topped with some delicious sweet cream… Super quick AND easy to make! That creamy richness from the sweet cream mixes with the slight bitterness and soft bite of the coffee jello giving such incredible flavors, melting right in your mouth. This is a delightful dessert that tastes… beautiful.
Prep time for this recipe10 minutes
Cook time for this recipe5 minutes
Miscellaneous time for this recipe2 hours
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Ingredients
  

To make the coffee jello:

  • 14 gms or 0.5 oz or 4 to 4½ tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • ½ cup or 120 ml cold water to bloom the gelatin
  • 2 cups or 480 ml water – room temperature
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee – can adjust according to your preference
  • 3 tbsp sugar or according to your preference (can substitute with any sweetener of your choice)

To make the condensed milk cream mixture:

  • 1½ cups or 360 ml heavy cream
  • ¾ cup or 180 ml sweetened condensed milk – can add more or less depending on how sweet you prefer the cream mixture to be

Optional:

  • whipped cream
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( Note- Please keep in mind that I go into lots of detail in all my recipes so you get to know all the super important tips & tricks when it comes to making a particular recipe. I always want you to make the BEST of whatever you’re cooking ❤ )

Instructions

  • BLOOM THE GELATIN
    This is a super important step so don’t miss out on it!
    Add 14 gms or 0.5 oz or 4 to 4½ tsp unflavored gelatin powder to a bowl of ½ cup or 120 ml cold water, stir it once and leave it to bloom for about 10 minutes.
    Make sure you use only cold water.
    We can go ahead and make our coffee while the gelatin blooms.
  • MAKE THE COFFEE
    Let’s make some nice hot coffee!
    Over medium-high heat, heat 2 cups or 480 ml water in a saucepan.
    Once the water comes to a soft gentle boil (it doesn’t have to reach a rolling boil), reduce to medium heat.
    Add 2 tbsp instant coffee powder and 3 tbsp sugar to the hot water.
    Stir the hot coffee (I use a small whisk, makes things easy!) until the sugar has dissolved completely and everything has mixed together really well.
    Now turn off the heat and let the hot coffee stay in the saucepan.
  • MIX THE COFFEE AND GELATIN TOGETHER
    Wait for your hot coffee to cool a little for a minute or two. You don’t need to wait a lot, the coffee doesn’t need to cool down completely.
    Just wait until it’s not super hot anymore.
    Now add in the bloomed gelatin (only once the 10 minutes of blooming is done!) slowly in parts while stirring the coffee gelatin mixture with a whisk.
    Stir gently so you don’t get too many bubbles in your coffee gelatin mix.
    Once you’re done adding the entire bloomed gelatin to the coffee, give everything a gentle stir using a whisk or a spoon until all that gelatin has mixed in well with the coffee.
    Wait for the coffee gelatin mixture to cool down just a little more, no need to wait until it reaches room temperature, just so it’s safe enough to pour into your molds/glass tray/cups/glasses/whatever you’re using to set your coffee jello in.
    Now you need to make your mind up on what you’d like to pour your coffee gelatin mix into.
    You can use molds such as maybe cupcake molds or pretty-shaped molds… Perhaps even pretty glass bowls! You can also use a glass tray if you want to cut your coffee jello into cubes once it’s set.
    Here are a few ways you can enjoy your coffee jello to help make your mind up on what to pour your coffee gelatin mix into:
    1) You can pour your coffee jello mixture into different-shaped silicone molds and get the prettiest shaped jellos or even cupcake molds – use mold/s you like!
    2) You can use pretty serving bowls or glasses, let the coffee jello set in there and serve it like that super easily with some condensed milk cream on top- use pretty serving bowls or glasses!
    3) You can pour your coffee gelatin mix into a glass tray and can slice your coffee jello once it’s set into cubes and serve it mixed with the condensed milk cream- pour your coffee gelatin mixture into a glass tray you prefer. You can switch the size of your glass tray depending on how thick or thin you want your coffee jello cubes to be. The smaller the tray, the thicker your jello cubes, the bigger the tray, the thinner!
    After you’ve poured your coffee gelatin mixture into whatever you prefer, you may notice a few bubbles.
    If these bubbles are bothering you, you can always pop them with a toothpick or scoop them out using a spoon.
    Keep your coffee gelatin mix in the fridge and wait for it to become a delicious jello!
    You can cover it with a plastic wrap too if you want.
    It’ll take about 2 to 4 hours for your coffee jello to set. This depends on the brand of gelatin you’re using and your fridge.
  • MAKE THE CONDENSED MILK CREAM
    It’ll be awesome to make our condensed milk cream while waiting for the coffee jello to set.
    That’s because everything will be ready once the jello sets and all we need to do is serve it, YAY 💃🏻!
    So yep, take a bowl and add 1½ cups or 360 ml heavy cream and ¾ cup or 180 ml sweetened condensed milk.
    Mix them well.
    You can give your creamy condensed milk cream mixture a taste and see if you prefer it to be sweeter or maybe not as sweet.
    If you want the mixture to be sweeter, add in more condensed milk.
    If you don’t want it to be as sweet, add in some more heavy cream.
    Once your condensed milk cream is ready, pop it in the fridge.
    Now let’s go relax for a bit.
    Our coffee jello will be ready in a few hours!
  • SERVE YOUR COFFEE JELLO WITH RICH CONDENSED MILK CREAM
    So hey there! It’s now about 2 to 4 hours later.
    And yahoo, our coffee jello has set 💃🏻!
    If your coffee jello hasn’t set, don’t worry you, go *here* above and see what you can do to get that jello to set.
    Now here are a few ways you can serve your coffee jello depending on what you kept it in to set:
    1) Here comes the tough part. If you’ve used a mold, it may be a little difficult to get your coffee jello out. Check this part above to see what you can do to get your jello out easily. Once your jello is out and all jiggly and pretty, place it on the plate or bowl you want to serve it in and add a dollop of creamy condensed milk cream on top.
    2) If you’ve used a pretty serving glass, you’re in luck! It's super easy to serve it this way. Just add some delicious creamy condensed milk cream on top and enjoy.
    3) If you use a glass tray to slice your coffee jello into cubes and serve it that way, first with a knife, slice your coffee jello into cubes (the size of your coffee cubes depends on you!). Then take a bowl and add in as many coffee jello cubes and as much condensed milk cream as you prefer. It’s all up to you. Stir everything together gently and serve!
    So yep, these are the three main ways you can serve your coffee jello. You can top everything up with some whipped cream too, if you prefer.
    There are loads of Variations as well as Serving Suggestions we've gotten super deep into above if you’d like to check them out.
    Now go ahead and take a bite of that delicious sweet dessert… OH MY GOODNESS how *incredible* does that taste huh ❤?!
    So rich… creamy… so good… And it’s all YOU, good on you!
    Go ahead and enjoy it now, you’ve earned it 😊💖.
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Notes ✍🏼

If you would like to know more about dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan diet preferences for this recipe, check the Variations Section above.
And…
If you want to know more ideas about how to serve or what to serve with this recipe, check the Serving Suggestions section above.
 
TIPS:
  • Don’t forget to bloom your gelatin. Not blooming your gelatin will lead to it being all lumpy and clumpy in your coffee. It just won’t dissolve easily then.
  • The firmness of your coffee jelly depends on how much gelatin you use. So if you prefer a firm jelly, go ahead and use more gelatin. If you prefer a soft jelly, use a little gelatin. To make some coffee finger jello that’s neither too firm nor too soft, use something just in the middle, not too much nor too little gelatin. Finger jello is jello that’s nice and firm to hold using your fingers but deliciously soft and juicy once you bite into it ❤ yum. The more you make this coffee jelly recipe, the more you’ll understand what texture of jelly you like and how much gelatin you need to get that amount of firmness.
  • Looking for a substitute for gelatin? Or is it just not working for you? Don’t worry! There are loads of options out there with agar agar being a really popular one. Remember that agar and gelatin both will give your coffee jello a very different texture and feel. Gelatin will make your coffee jelly bouncy and soft. Agar-agar will make your coffee jelly firm and brittle, which means it won’t melt in your mouth the way gelatin will but it’ll have a nice gentle bite. Both are delicious in their own way with agar agar being used the most in Japan (coffee jelly is really popular there).
  • Use how much ever coffee powder you want if you want to make your coffee jello stronger or maybe not as strong. Keep in mind that your coffee may weaken as it mixes with the gelatin. The amount of coffee I’ve used here is perfect for me but hey, as you make this recipe a couple of times, you’ll understand how strong you prefer your coffee jello to be. Go ahead and make this recipe yours ❤.
  • You can also increase or decrease the amount of sugar added to the coffee. You can add more or really less sugar if you want. You can maybe even skip out on it if you prefer. I add a little sugar to the coffee so the coffee jello has a sweet-ish flavor. You can also use whatever sweetener you like! Remember that the sweetener you choose to use will add its own distinct flavor to your coffee jello. You can try using brown sugar, coconut sugar or maybe even zero-calorie sweetener. There are so many options out there!
  • Like some sugar in your coffee jello? Me too! A good way to know how much sweetness you prefer would be to add a little sugar to your coffee, give it a good stir, taste it and then decide if you want more sugar or not. Remember though that the sweetened condensed milk cream will add quite a lot of sweetness to our dessert too so don’t make your coffee jello too sweet (unless you’re into that of course 😉).
  • And the same goes for your condensed milk cream too. Once you mix your condensed milk and heavy cream together, give it a taste. If you want it to be sweeter, add more sweetened condensed milk to it. If you don’t want it to be as sweet, add in more heavy cream. The measurements I’ve given here are what I prefer but the more you make this recipe, it’ll be easier to understand what you prefer.
  • When stirring the bloomed gelatin into your coffee, do it gently with a whisk or fork. Whisking that hot liquid really fast may give your coffee jello quite a few bubbles and that’s alright (it won’t affect your coffee jello). If you don’t want bubbles though, it’ll be a good idea to whisk/stir the hot coffee gelatin mix gently. You may still get a few bubbles though. That’s just what happens sometimes and if they’re bothering you, you can always pop them with a toothpick or scoop them out with a spoon.
  • As you make this recipe, you’ll understand how much condensed milk and heavy cream you prefer and the proportions you prefer them in. You can increase or decrease the amount of each of them according to your liking. You can also reduce the condensed milk cream mixture too if you prefer more of a coffee jello taste or increase it if you absolutely love the sweet rich creaminess it adds. I’ve given you amounts of how much condensed milk and heavy cream I love but the more you make this recipe, you may prefer things differently. Go ahead and experiment ❤.
  • Condensed milk is delish but has a tiny flaw, it’s difficult to mix! Or at least, I think so because my condensed milk seems to always settle down when I don’t mix it super well. So yes, mix your condensed milk and heavy cream really well together so the condensed milk doesn’t ever settle at the bottom, giving you coffee lovers the perfect dessert every single time.
  • Got people coming over? Or want to make this coffee jello super easy to eat whenever you want? Just use separate small serving cups or glasses and pour your coffee gelatin mix into them to set. Then, whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out, add the condensed milk cream mixture on top and serve like I’ve done here above. No need to go through that whole battle of trying to get the jello out of the mold. Simple and easy! You can use really pretty glasses when you’ve got guests coming over, making things sooo simple 💃🏻. Win-win! You can use mason jars too.
  • If you prefer serving your coffee jello sliced into cubes mixed in with that delicious condensed milk cream and want to keep it ready for maybe a dinner party or as a delicious dessert for yourself, first go ahead and slice your coffee jello into cubes. Put those cubes into a big bowl and add in the condensed milk cream. Mix everything together gently, cover with a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to have it. It’ll chill in the fridge 💙 and will be ready for whenever you want to serve it to your guests or have it on your own. Just scoop it into a bowl/s and enjoy! *And hey, make sure you have this within a day or two or else the coffee jello may start to melt in the condensed milk cream.*
  • Always make sure your coffee jello is refrigerated and not kept out for long because it’ll start to melt (literally even at room temperature if it’s kept out for too long!).
  • If you’re serving this coffee jello at a party or just enjoying it on your own, make sure to keep some extra sweet condensed milk heavy cream mixture around. Some people may prefer more of it and it’s always best to have extra around 😉.
  • It’s loads of fun working with jello because there are so many different types of molds out there you can use! Go ahead and make star-shaped, heart-shaped or literally whatever shaped coffee jello and enjoy! If you’re making coffee jello for a group of people, you can use cupcake molds to make things easier.
  • Is it a bit difficult to get your coffee jello out of a mold? I get it and thank goodness there are a few ways to fix that problem. Of course, the first thing you can do is turn the mold upside down over a plate or bowl you want to serve it in and give it a gentle shake to get your jello out. If that doesn’t work, you can place your mold in a bowl of warm water for a couple of seconds. Take it out, turn it upside down again and try giving it a gentle shake to get the jello out. Repeat this a couple of times (don’t keep your mold in for too long or your jello will start to melt) and your jello will come out in no time! You can also try breaking that sticky jello-ness using a thin knife and running it along the border of the jello gently and then giving the mold a wiggle. You can also use a jello mold with a seal to set your coffee jello in the next time.
  • But hey, when it comes to jello, I feel we sometimes worry a lot about the shape and things of our jello. The best thing here is that this coffee dessert is so delicious, it doesn’t have to LOOK perfect. So don’t worry at all if your coffee jello doesn’t look perfect out of the mold. Just top it up with some condensed milk cream (it’ll look pretty and delish!) and when you or whoever you’re serving it to bites into it, nothing will matter cause that’s how amazing this dessert tastes ✨. The same goes for when you serve this coffee jello cut into cubes. If your cubes aren’t cut straight, don’t worry. They don’t have to be perfect! They’ll look beautiful mixed in with the condensed milk cream (like jewels!) and will taste absolutely gorgeous too. No one will even notice. Nothing has to look perfect when it tastes this good so just relax ❤ and don’t be hard on yourself.
 
VARIATIONS:
  • I’ve used gelatin powder here but you can use gelatin sheets as well. You can use another gelling agent too as maybe agar-agar. Keep in mind though that agar-agar will give your coffee jelly a different texture. Gelatin will make your coffee jelly bouncy and soft. Agar-agar will make your coffee jelly firm and brittle, which means it won’t melt in your mouth the way coffee jello made with gelatin will. Both are equally wonderful though and it all comes down to your preference. Agar is most commonly used when making Japanese coffee jelly (also known as kohii zerii) in Japan (it’s so famous there, it’s found almost everywhere including cafes as well as convenience stores!).
  • The firmness of your coffee jelly depends on the amount of gelatin used. So if you prefer a hard firm jelly, use more gelatin. If you prefer a soft jelly, use a little gelatin. The more you make this recipe, the easier it’ll be for you to understand what texture of jelly you prefer and how much gelatin you need to add to get
  • You can also add in more coffee powder if you want to make your coffee jello stronger or reduce the amount of coffee powder if you don’t want your coffee jello to be as strong. Keep in mind though that your coffee may get weaker as it mixes with the gelatin. Once you make this recipe a couple of times you’ll understand how strong you prefer your coffee jello to be.
  • The same goes for the condensed milk cream too. Once you make this recipe, you’ll understand how much condensed milk and heavy cream you prefer and the proportions you prefer them in. You can increase or decrease the amount of each of them according to what you prefer. You can also reduce how much condensed milk cream mixture you top your coffee jello with if you prefer more of a coffee taste or add more condensed milk cream if you absolutely love the sweet creaminess it adds.
  • You can also make this coffee jelly with your favorite coffee! There are no rules or limits! Go ahead and brew your coffee the way you prefer it. You can make it nice and strong too if you want. If you’re in the mood to experiment, you can try different coffee flavors that exist out there too such as mocha, hazelnut, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla…! You can maybe even use espresso too to make things even stronger. You can also use decaf coffee or maybe even canned coffee if you prefer. There are so many options and it’s all your choice! Then add the bloomed gelatin to your coffee, leave it to set and enjoy your favorite coffee in solid form. Top it up with whatever you prefer and bite into it. Yum!
  • You can also add a drop or two of vanilla essence to your coffee before mixing in the gelatin to lend a sweet aroma and subtle flavor to it.
  • Add some cocoa powder to your coffee before mixing in the gelatin to add a hint of chocolate to your coffee jello. So good!
  • You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar added to the coffee and make it as sweet or not as sweet as you want. You can add less sugar or maybe even skip out on it if you prefer. I add a little sugar to the coffee so the jello has a sweet-ish flavor but that’s what I prefer and you can do what you like ❤. You can also use whatever sweetener you like! The sweetener you choose to use will add its own distinct flavor to your coffee jello. You can use brown sugar, coconut sugar… maybe even zero-calorie sweetener. There are loads of options out there!
  • Making a jello-based something is always fun because you can use sooo many different molds to give your jello such fun shapes! Go ahead and make star-shaped, heart-shaped or literally whatever shaped coffee jello and enjoy ❤! You can also pour your cups of liquid coffee gelatin into cupcake molds to make things easier if you’re making coffee jello for a group of people.
  • Got people/real coffee lovers 😉 coming over? Or maybe want to make this coffee jello easy to eat whenever you want? Go ahead and use separate small serving cups or glasses and pour your coffee gelatin mix into it to set. Whenever you need to serve your coffee jello, get those cups out, top the coffee jello with the condensed milk cream mixture and serve. You don’t need to go through that whole effort of trying to get the jello out of the mold. Super easy! You can use prettier glasses when you’ve got guests coming over, making things sooo simple. Win-win! You can also use mason jars.
  • I adore the taste and texture condensed milk adds to this recipe and I would never suggest you skip out on it. If you really want to skip out on condensed milk though, you can mix in maybe honey, coconut condensed milk, maple syrup or white sugar with the heavy cream instead. You can also make your coffee jello sweeter and top it up with just heavy cream that hasn’t been sweetened.
  • You can skip out on the heavy cream if you prefer but once again, I wouldn’t advise this because the texture and taste heavy cream adds is incredible. You can instead use half and half, a nice fatty milk, coconut cream, coconut milk or any other heavy cream substitute you prefer and mix it in with condensed milk.
  • You can serve your coffee jello with some whipped cream on top and skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture if you’d like to try something new. The light airy texture of whipped cream and that gentle sweetness works really well with coffee jelly. You can make things extra indulgent and add the whipped cream on top of the condensed milk cream mixture too 🤩!
  • If you want to try something new, go ahead and serve your coffee jelly with custard. I haven’t tried it this way yet but I’ve heard it’s pretty yum too.
  • Another delicious way to serve your coffee jello is by serving it with some ice cream! Add some vanilla, chocolate… coffee ice cream (or whatever ice cream flavor you prefer or even a combination of different flavors of ice cream) to your coffee jello and enjoy. The delicious bitterness from the coffee jello along with that texture will taste incredible with rich cold ice cream. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, add some whipped cream on top and YUM! Go ahead and make a coffee jello sundae out of it and enjoy.
  • You can also skip out on the condensed milk cream mixture and just mix your coffee jello with some delicious fatty whole milk. Slice your coffee jello into cubes and add them to a glass of cold milk. Gently sip on it, enjoying all those delicious flavors of coffee infused milk and biting on small cubes of coffee jello. You can top your milk with some rich heavy cream for added creaminess too. Delicious!
  • You can serve your coffee jello with that delicious mix of condensed milk cream along with a slice of cake too. Ah, imagine how amazing it’ll taste, all those flavors and textures mixing together… yum! My personal fave is a slice of chocolate cake but you can try this coffee jello with any cake you prefer.
  • You can also have your delicious jello dessert with some fruit! Go ahead and top your coffee jelly recipe with condensed milk cream with some delicious fruit you feel will go well here. You can add strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, apples… The list is endless!
  • Oh and this coffee jelly recipe is SO AWESOME because you can add it to your favorite drinks too. YAY *💃🏻*!!! Go ahead and slice your coffee jelly into small cubes and add it to your favorite drink. You can add your coffee jelly to iced coffee, iced tea, iced lattes, some cold milk tea, matcha latte, green tea, just plain milk, milkshakes… literally whatever drink you prefer! You can add it to some boba tea too and have it along with those delicious chewy boba pearls.
  • If you’re serving your coffee jello cut into cubes, you can slice those blocks of jelly into whatever-sized cubes you prefer! You can slice your coffee jello into medium-sized cubes for a deep coffee flavor and gentle bite or slice them into super tiny cubes for some melt in the mouth deliciousness, wow!
  • Now that we’ve understood all the different ways you can have this coffee jelly recipe, let’s come down to the gorgeous toppings you can top it with. Regardless of how you prefer to have your coffee jelly recipe, there are loads of delish toppings you can add! You can drizzle maybe some chocolate sauce or caramel sauce on top 😍. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate sprinkles/shavings/chips on top too. Top it all with a tiny sprig of mint, a cherry, some extra condensed milk cream, whipped cream, some coffee beans… You can add some nuts too such as peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews… pistachios… So many options!
  • You can make some Vietnamese coffee jelly. Just mix in condensed milk into your coffee and then add the gelatin to let it set all together. It’s really good! There’s a coffee out there called Vietnamese coffee that has coffee mixed with condensed milk and it tastes sooo good. You can then have the Vietnamese coffee jello as it is or topped with maybe some more condensed milk, or coffee beans or whatever you prefer. Yum!
  • Don’t want to use coffee? Okay! There are many other things out there you can use. You can use maybe black tea or milk tea if you’re a tea person… Or matcha? Maybe even chocolate milk? Or green tea? I’m sure this jello will taste super awesome nonetheless!
  • You can also go ahead and enjoy your coffee however you like it, add some gelatin to it and have it in jello form. Just make your coffee however you prefer and have it every day (maybe you like your coffee black or with milk, sugar, caramel, cream, vanilla, some cocoa powder, condensed milk, or cinnamon,  I’ve heard some people making their coffee with lemon juice too!… Go ahead and add in whatever you like!) and then add gelatin to it! That’ll give you your favorite coffee in jello form which in my opinion is pretty fun to chew on 💃🏻.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 499kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 10gFat: 36gSodium: 82mgPotassium: 305mgFiber: 0gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 1332.4IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 189mgIron: 0.3mg

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Author of this recipeMish- The Buttery Fairytale
Total time to make this recipe2 hours 15 minutes
Course of this recipeDessert, Snacks
Cuisine of this recipeAsian/ Asian-Inspired, Japanese/ Japanese-Inspired
Diet type of this recipeGluten-Free, Low Salt
Diet type of this recipeGluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soft/Liquid Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Not kidding, I’m making this delicious coffee jello recipe every single day. Who would have that it would be this good? 😍 This dessert has officially made me a coffee lover.

  2. 5 stars
    Saiki K is gonna be crazy about this coffee jelly recipe for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    loved it. what an exquisite delicious dessert. thank you.

  4. David M. says:

    5 stars
    Me and my wife are big coffee lovers so this dessert was perfect for us

  5. Kelly A. says:

    5 stars
    Wow I never could have imagined the concept of coffee jello turning out to be this good. The sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream mixture just hits the spot. I used gelatin powder but would also like to try using agar agar to see the difference in texture and consistency.

    1. 5 stars
      I love how you have given different ways to have this coffee jello, can’t wait to try them all 😊

  6. 5 stars
    Couldn’t imagine something this easy to make tasting so good. Thank you for giving Saiki’s version too. Love it!

  7. Carla S. says:

    5 stars
    Replacing my afternoon cup of hot coffee with this coffee jelly recipe. It’s such a delight!

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this thinking of having a simple dessert for dinner… didn’t know the flavor bomb that was in store for me. All I’ll say is, this coffee jelly recipe is going to be a staple at our home now.

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