Although coffee and gelatin aren’t typically associated with Japanese cuisine, the popular dessert called “coffee jelly” was actually created in Japan during the Taisho period (That’s over 100 years ago!). As you might expect, the dessert consists of gelatin that has been flavored with black coffee and sugar.
Curious culinarians abroad are in luck! The dog/human chef duo over at YouTube channel Cooking with Dog show us just how easy it is to make this delicious Japanese treat at home.
First-time indulgers of coffee jelly may be surprised by the consistency of this dessert that tastes like a fresh cup of coffee. But don’t let that throw you off! Coffee jelly is a wonderful dessert, especially perfect for summer, but great any time of the year. All you’ll need is fresh coffee beans, sugar, gelatin powder, whipping cream, and some cocoa powder to sprinkle on top. We’ll let Francis the dog and his cooking partner take it from here:
YouTube commenters who have tried the recipe say it’s especially delightful with sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon or vanilla ice cream in place of whipped cream. You don’t even really need to dress it up at all; eating coffee jelly all by itself is just as good!