Coffee Jell-O

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.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • 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.


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One Response to “Coffee Jell-O”

Elizabeth A Munnick

May 25th, 2022

My mother used to make this for my sister and I many years ago. Thank you for the receipe.

Regards, Elizabeth A Munnick



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