What is…jelly coffee? Delicious. It’s delicious.

Coffee jelly (a.k.a. gelée or jello) — that chilled, sweet coffee topped with whipped cream — is a Mills family favorite. This year we’ve taken our recipe to the next level. Jelly coffee, similar to bubble tea, has chunks of delicious jello at the bottom of a creamy cup of iced coffee. There are two variations of our jelly coffee. The first involves just adding coffee and milk, creating a bubble tea-like texture. The second involves chopping the jelly with a food processor until it takes on the consistency of a milkshake. Both variations are delicious!

Coffee jelly

For the jelly, you need the following:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin*
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold water OR 1/2 cup whisky plus 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 cups fresh coffee
  • 1/4 cup less of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Brew 2 cups of coffee.

Step 2: In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1 tablespoon of cold water and allow it to set for at least 1 minute.

Step 3: Over low heat, whisk the sugar into the remaining 1/2 cup of water until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Step 4: Whisk the gelatin into your coffee.

Step 5: Whisk the coffee mixture and vanilla extract into your sugar water.

Step 6: Pour your mixture into a loaf pan and place it in the refrigerator to at least 2.5 hours.

Step 7: Once set, cut the jelly into cubes or, if you have a melon baller, scoop out jelly circles. Now you are ready to make your jelly coffee!


Jelly coffee

Variation 1: Just add coffee. You’ll need coffee, maple syrup, and milk.


Step 1: Fill your glass 1/3rd the way with coffee jelly cubes.

Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to your glass.

Step 3: Add your chilled coffee and milk to taste.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Variation 2: Tastes like a milkshake! You’ll need maple syrup and milk.


Step 1: Fill your glass 1/3rd the way with coffee jelly cubes.

Step 2: Add the following to your blender or food processor:

  • 1 tablespoon of Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup of coffee jelly
  • 1/2 of milk or 1/4 cup of vanilla ice cream

Step 3: Blend the ingredients until there are no large chunks of coffee jelly.

Step 4: Pour the blended mixture into your glass, over the coffee jelly cubes.

Step 5: (optional) Top with brown sugar whipped cream. The recipe is available on our coffee jelly blog!

Step 6: Enjoy!


*If you prefer to use gelatin leaves over gelatin, use 6 leaves and no additional water. Instead, you can dissolve the sugar by whisking it into the hot coffee.



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