Decadent Chocolate Jello with Rich Espresso Sauce Recipe

As a passionate barista, I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting coffee recipes to share with my customers. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest creation: Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce Recipe.

This recipe is the perfect combination of creamy chocolate and bold espresso flavors that will tantalize your taste buds in the most delightful way possible. It’s an irresistible treat that you won’t be able to resist!

Whether you’re a coffee lover or a dessert enthusiast, this recipe is guaranteed to please. So let me guide you through each step and show you how easy it is to make this heavenly treat. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate Jello With Espresso Sauce
Chocolate Jello With Espresso Sauce

Attention all coffee and chocolate lovers! Are you ready to indulge in a decadent and luxurious dessert? Look no further because I have the perfect recipe for you: Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce. Trust me, this dessert is a game-changer, and here’s why you’ll love it.

Firstly, the marriage of chocolate and espresso is a match made in heaven. The flavor combination of rich, deep espresso with velvety smooth chocolate is simply divine. It’s like having your favorite cup of coffee and a delicious chocolate treat at the same time.

Secondly, this dessert has a unique texture that will captivate your senses. The jiggly yet creamy chocolate pudding combined with the silky-smooth espresso sauce is an experience unlike any other. One spoonful, and you’ll be hooked!

Thirdly, this recipe is easy to make, even if you’re not an experienced baker. With only 10 ingredients and simple steps to follow, you can quickly whip up this impressive dessert for a special occasion or just for yourself.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a versatile recipe that can be customized to your liking, look no further. You can easily substitute ingredients to suit your dietary needs or preferences. For example, if you prefer plant-based options, you can use oat milk instead of heavy cream or swap gelatin powder for unflavored agar-agar powder.

In conclusion, this recipe is the ultimate indulgent dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings in one delicious bite. The taste, texture, simplicity, and versatility make it the perfect dessert for any occasion. What are you waiting for? Try this recipe today and impress everyone with your barista skills!

Ingredient List

 Indulgence in a cup: chocolate jello with espresso sauce
Indulgence in a cup: chocolate jello with espresso sauce

Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce recipe. You’ll need gelatin powder, instant espresso powder, milk, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy cream, water, dark chocolate, cornstarch, salt, and whipped cream. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these ingredients at home because substitutes can easily be made for almost all of them. Let’s check out the possible variations and substitutions in the next section!

The Recipe How-To

 Chocolate goodness meets bold coffee flavor
Chocolate goodness meets bold coffee flavor

Now that you’ve gathered your ingredient list to make this delicious Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce, it’s time to get started on the recipe. Here are step-by-step directions to make this flavorful dessert:

Step 1: Making the Chocolate and Gelatin Base

Start by adding 4 cups of water to a large saucepan and bring it to a boil. In a separate bowl, add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1 box of gelatin powder (about 3 tablespoons) together. Stir the dry ingredients until mixed well.

Step 2: Preparing the Instant Espresso

Heat up 1/4 cup of water until boiling point is reached (around a minute). Then add 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder into the hot water and stir them respectively until fully combined.

Step 3: Combining the Chocolate and Espresso Flavors

Once the water in the saucepan is boiling, reduce the heat to low medium and add chocolate mixture little by little constantly whisking until everything combines. Keep stirring until all sugar has completely dissolved and there are no lumps in the mixture. Finally, mix in instant espresso coffee. Continue stirring gently without boiling for about 5 minutes or until everything is thoroughly combined.

Step 4: Adding Milk

Next, stir in 2 cups of milk, using whole milk can create a richer creamier pudding experience but feel free to use any kind of milk you like (such as oat milk). Gently stir everything together for about 5 more minutes.

Step 5: Cooling and Setting Time

Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for a bit (approximately 10 minutes) before pouring it into a large glass casserole dish. Make sure that it has enough space for everything to set compactly. Place it inside your refrigerator to cool and set for about 2-3 hours, or until the gelatin has firmly solidified.

Step 6: Making the Espresso Sauce

To prepare the espresso sauce, mix together 1/4 cup of instant espresso powder and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl. In a saucepan, bring 3/4 cup of heavy cream to a boil while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Once it comes to a boil, take it off the heat and whisk in the espresso mixture that was just prepared earlier until all is combined completely.

Step 7: Serving

Once the Jello has fully set, serve it up by slicing it into convenient pieces for easy plating. Make sure to pour some of that delectable espresso sauce on top of each serving. You can even add fresh whipped cream or any other toppings of your liking. Enjoy!

This easy chocolate pudding recipe is absolutely amazing with a coffee flavor twist!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect dessert for coffee lovers
The perfect dessert for coffee lovers

If you’re looking to switch things up or avoid certain ingredients, there are some substitutions and variations you can try when making this chocolate jello with espresso sauce recipe.

– Gelatin powder can be substituted with agar agar powder for a vegan option.

– Instead of heavy cream, you can use oat milk or any plant-based creamer.

– For an alcohol-free version, simply skip the rum fudge sauce or use a non-alcoholic rum extract instead.

– If instant espresso powder is not available, you can make espresso using a coffee maker and 1/4 cup of coffee. Let it cool before adding to the sauce mixture.

– Milk chocolate callets can be used instead of dark chocolate for a sweeter taste.

– Use cocoa powder instead of unsweetened cocoa for a different flavor profile.

– Try adding chopped nuts or berries on top of the jello for some extra texture and flavor.

Remember that these substitutions may alter the taste and texture of the final product. Experiment with these variations to create your unique twist on this recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A delectable treat for any occasion
A delectable treat for any occasion

Now that you have made an impeccable chocolate jello with espresso sauce, it is time to serve and enjoy it!

This indulgent dessert is best served chilled and is perfect for sharing with family and friends on a hot summer day. Top it with whipped cream or chocolate shavings to add even more decadence to it.

If you are a fan of coffee, then you will adore this dessert because it boasts a rich and robust espresso flavor, which pairs excellently with many other flavors. A simple fruit salad or a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect complementary partner, adding freshness and contrasting sweetness to this rich dessert.

For a cozy evening in, pair your chocolate jello with espresso sauce with a hot cup of cocoa, brewed coffee, or an espresso shot. The pairing of chocolate and coffee can be taken to another level by pairing this dessert with anything else chocolatey like fudge sauce, pudding pie or even panettone bread pudding drenched in espresso sauce.

Overall, this chocolate jello with espresso sauce recipe is versatile and perfect for any occasion- from family gatherings to luxurious dinners. It has won the hearts of many coffee & chocolate lovers around the world and you are bound to agree. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A match made in heaven: chocolate and espresso
A match made in heaven: chocolate and espresso

You can definitely make Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce ahead of time and enjoy it anytime you want! Once the dish has completely cooled, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

If you’re making this recipe for a party or gathering, I suggest preparing it the day before. This gives the jello enough time to set and allows the flavors to meld together perfectly.

If you do decide to make it ahead of time, leave the espresso sauce separate until you’re ready to serve. The sauce may thicken up when stored in the fridge so you might need to reheat it over low heat on the stove or in the microwave until it reaches a pourable consistency again.

When reheating, be careful not to heat it too much as jello can become rubbery when overcooked. Simply place your serving in a microwave-safe bowl and reheat in 10-second intervals, stirring each time until heated through.

This dessert is a great option when entertaining guests because it’s easy and convenient. You can prepare everything in advance and simply assemble the dish when you’re ready to serve. Your friends and family will surely be impressed with this delicious chocolate espresso pudding jelly surprise tipit!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth
This dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth

A chocolate Jello with espresso sauce recipe is guaranteed to get everyone excited about dessert. But in order to make it impeccable, you have to follow a few key steps. To help you achieve the perfect chocolate espresso pudding, here are some tips and tricks.

First and foremost, when making the espresso sauce or pudding, use high-quality ingredients. Don’t skimp on the cocoa powder, chocolate pieces or callets, instant espresso powder or the heavy cream. They all contribute to the flavor of the dish and can make a significant difference in how it turns out.

When adding ingredients such as gelatin powder or cornstarch, it’s best to add them gradually and mix continuously to avoid lumps forming in your mixture. Ensure that there are no dry clumps of gelatin powder before you heat it.

To melt chocolate, use a double boiler or a bain-marie technique. This means putting your chocolate pieces or callets in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water without them touching the water, stirring until melted then add it to your espresso sauce or pudding mixture. When melting dark chocolate, add just about 1 tablespoon of hot water per 1 cup of chocolate pieces as needed, heating at 30-second intervals.

When whipping heavy cream for topping whipped cream or mousse for your coffee jelly surprise, chill your mixing bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes before whipping. Use cold heavy cream straight from the fridge and whip it until stiff peaks form.

Lastly, cover your finished Jello with plastic wrap directly on top of the surface before refrigerating. This will prevent any unsightly condensation from forming which spoils its silky texture.

By following these tips, you can guarantee that your chocolate Jello with espresso sauce will be an absolute crowd-pleaser!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Chocolate Jello with Espresso Sauce recipe is a perfect treat for coffee lovers who crave chocolatey desserts. Its easy recipe, ingredients, and variations make it a versatile dish to serve on different occasions, whether it’s a family gathering or a party.

The addition of instant espresso powder in both the Jello and the sauce elevates the flavor and aroma from just regular chocolate pudding. With this recipe, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while indulging in bold coffee flavors.

As a barista, I highly recommend trying this recipe at home using the best-quality ingredients available. Experiment with different variations to personalize it to your taste. Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family. They’ll be amazed by how delicious it is and appreciate your culinary skills!

Chocolate Jello With Espresso Sauce

Chocolate Jello With Espresso Sauce Recipe

Yes it is chocolate jello! This recipe is from the Chocolate Bar cookbook. I made this for my best friend and I it was a bad week for both of us and what's more fun that Jello, well a grown up Jello is. You can serve it with the espresso sauce or without. Cooking time includes chill time.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 266.4 kcal


Espresso Sauce

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder, I'm sure if you don't have the granules you could use instant coffee granules
  • 1 large egg yolk


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder


  • Prepare the sauce:
  • With a whisk, whip the yolk and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl until well combined.
  • In a heavy non stick saucepan, mix together the milk, remaining sugar, and espresso granules and bring to a boil.
  • Pour one-third of the milk mixture into the yolks, whisking constantly. Return the egg yolk mixture to the pan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Pour through a mesh strainer and cool to room temperature, then cover and chill.
  • Prepare the gelatin:
  • Pour 1/2 cup of water into a medium bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top.
  • In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of water, heavy cream, sugar, and cocoa powder and bring just to a boil, stirring gently (the mixture will thicken and rise when it boils).
  • Remove from heat and pour into the gelatin mixture, gently stirring to combine.
  • Cool to room temperature and divide evenly into cups about 1/2 cup into each.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours or until set and cool.
  • You can serve this dessert directly from the cups or unmold it. If you choose to unmold the gelatin, grease the inside of the cups with vegetable oil before pouring the gelatin mixture inches To unmold, run a sharp knife against the sides of the mold to gently separate the filling. Invert a serving plate on top of the cup and invert both the plate and cup in one motion. Shake slightly to loosen if necessary and unmold. It may take a few tries and patience.
  • Spoon chilled espresso sauce right over the dessert in the cup or around the unmolded gelatin.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 203gCalories: 266.4kcalCarbohydrates: 29.3gProtein: 5.8gFat: 15.7gSaturated Fat: 9.1gCholesterol: 152.1mgSodium: 43.7mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 23.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Gelatin, Low Protein
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