Coffee Jell-O

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Talk about weird! … and pretty wonderful in an old Yankee sort of way. Durgin-Park, the erstwhile dowager of Beantown eateries (motto: “Established before you were born”), served coffee Jell-O for as long as anyone could remember. We guess it was invented as a matter of thrift: why throw away yesterday’s coffee when you can make Jell-O from it? It is surprisingly unlike normal Jell-O, just barely sweet and, preferably, with a caffeine kick. Fresh whipped cream — sweetened or not — is an essential topping.

1 quart coffee

3/4 cup sugar

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

Bring the coffee to a boil in a saucepan. Whisk in the sugar and gelatin until they are dissolved. Place the coffee mixture in a shallow pan and refrigerate 2-4 hours or until firm. Serves 6

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