Kahlua-Coffee Gelatin Dessert
October 16, 2011
"Is it a dessert or a cocktail? I'll leave that up to you, I just know I love this recipe. This recipe should come with a warning that it's addictive. Incredibly simple to prepare. I really wasn't sure if I'd like it or not the first time I made it, but I LOVED IT!!! I use decaf coffee since I serve it in the evening, but you can use regular coffee. I also used half sugar and half stevia, but think it would be good using all stevia or some other sugar substitute. I can't imagine making this without the Kahlua, that puts it over the top. I served the jello in martini glasses. Please take the extra 3-4 minutes to make the flavored whipped cream--it's worth it. Sure, you can use the canned or frozen stuff, it it not as good. Also, be sure to chill the bowl and beater before making the whipped cream. NOTE: "Cook time" is the amount of time needed for chilling."
- FOR GELATIN MIXTURE
- FOE WHIPPED CREAM
- Serving Size: 1 (183.9 g)
- Calories 245
- Total Fat - 5.8 g
- Saturated Fat - 3.1 g
- Cholesterol - 14 mg
- Sodium - 67.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 38.3 g
- Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
- Sugars - 32 g
- Protein - 2 g
- Calcium - 26.2 mg
- Iron - 0.7 mg
- Vitamin C - 0.5 mg
- Thiamin - 0.1 mg
Step by Step Method
Combine gelatin and Kahlua in a large bowl. Allow gelatin to soften about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, brew 3 cups hot coffee.
Add coffee, Stevia, and salt to gelatin mixture. Stir until Stevia is dissolved and mixture is clear.
Pour into martini glasses or dessert dishes. Chill until set.
When ready to serve (or up to 3 hours before serving), prepare whipped cream. In a chilled bowl, add whipping cream, powdered sugar, and Kahlua. Beat on low until ingredients are combined. Then increase speed to high and beat until soft peaks form.
Top each dessert with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips.
No special items needed.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- If using decaffeinated coffee, make sure to check the label to ensure it is truly decaffeinated.
- For the whipped cream, use cold ingredients and chill the bowl and beater before making the whipped cream.
- Substitute espresso for the brewed coffee for a stronger, more intense coffee flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that the espresso will bring out the flavor of the Kahlua more than regular brewed coffee.
- Substitute coconut milk for the heavy whipping cream for a vegan-friendly option. The benefit of this substitution is that it will make the dessert vegan-friendly and dairy-free.
Strawberry Kahlua Gelatin Dessert Prepare the gelatin mixture as directed, but replace the coffee with 3 cups of strawberry juice. When ready to serve, top each dessert with 2 tablespoons of strawberry whipped cream and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of strawberry chips.
Cherry Kahlua Gelatin Dessert Prepare the gelatin mixture as directed, but replace the coffee with 3 cups of cherry juice. When ready to serve, top each dessert with 2 tablespoons of cherry whipped cream and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cherry chips.
Fresh Fruit Salad: A light and refreshing fruit salad is the perfect accompaniment to this decadent Kahlua-Coffee Gelatin Dessert. The sweetness of the fruit balances out the richness of the dessert and provides a healthy, nutritious contrast.
Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream: Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream is a light and creamy accompaniment that pairs perfectly with the Kahlua-Coffee Gelatin Dessert. The sweetness of the cream balances out the bitterness of the coffee and adds a touch of elegance to the dish. This is a great way to add a touch of class to your dinner table.
Q: How do I make the gelatin mixture?
A: Combine the gelatin and Kahlua in a large bowl and let it soften for 10 minutes. Then add the coffee, Stevia, and salt and stir until the Stevia is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Pour the mixture into martini glasses or dessert dishes and chill until set.
Q: How long does it take for the gelatin to set?
A: The gelatin will take about 4 hours to set completely in the refrigerator. You can also speed up the process by placing the gelatin in the freezer for about an hour.
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Fun Fact 1: Kahlua is a Mexican liqueur made from coffee beans, rum, and sugar. It was first created in 1936 by four friends in the Veracruz region of Mexico. It has been a favorite among celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart.
Fun Fact 2: The use of gelatin desserts has been around since the 16th century, with the first recorded recipe being published in 1545. Gelatin desserts have become a staple in many cultures and are enjoyed in many different forms, including jellies, mousses, and puddings.