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How to make jelly using your preferred type of tea: easy, refreshing and healthy dessert

Homemade jasmine tea gelatin

Nothing is more refreshing than a light gelatin dessert or jello on a hot day. And let’s not forget the irresistible appeal of a cold glass of tea, right?
Well, this incredibly simple recipe brings together the best of both worlds: gelatin and tea.
And when I say easy, I truly mean it. You don’t even need to turn on the stove!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • EASY
    With just the simple steps of steeping tea and adding gelatin, you’ll be able to make this delightful dessert.
    This refreshing dessert tastes great even without sweetening, and it offers a wonderful combination of tea’s antioxidants and the high protein content from the gelatin.
    This refreshing dessert is delicious on its own, but it also pairs well with fruits, ice cream, and beverages like milk (and even tea!)
Jelly made with Jasmin tea

What you’ll need

  • Gelatin
  • Tea of choice
  • Water

Ingredient alternatives


You can use gelatin in powder, flakes, or sheet form, depending on your preference.
Personally, I usually use gelatin powder because I always have some in my pantry.

For a vegan version, you can use agar-agar (vegetal “gelatin”), but then you’ll need to cook it following package’s instructions.


Feel free to select any tea that matches your mood and taste preferences, be it real tea, herbal tea, or blends.
Bellow you’ll find some examples!

You can also use either loose leaf tea or teabags, depending on what you have.
In my mother’s case, she often uses rooibos teabags for this recipe.
As for most pictures in this post, I chose white jasmine tea to satisfy my cravings for floral and light flavor.


I find this gelatin delicious even without adding sweeteners.
On hot days, it’s refreshing and satisfying on its own.
And if I have a sweet tooth, I can always enjoy combining it with fresh fruits or some ice cream.

But you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add some sweetener while the tea is still hot, and it will dissolve effortlessly.

Another option is to drizzle some syrup like maple syrup, my sugar-free simple syrup or sugar-free chocolate syrup) on top for added sweetness.
The choice is yours!

How to make it

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make tea gelatin

  1. Bloom the gelatin

    Hydrate your gelatin according to the instructions on the package.
    If you’re using gelatin powder, mix it with a small amount of water.
    If you have gelatin sheets, soak them in water until they become soft and pliable.Gelatin power before and after blooming

  2. Make tea

    Steep the tea in hot water.
    Important: be mindful of the steep temperature and time depending on which tea you are using.
    After the steep time is over, remove the tea solids.Teapot with chamomile tea from tea bags

  3. Add gelatin

    Add the hydrated gelatin into the hot tea and stir with a spoon until the gelatin has completely dissolved. It just takes some seconds.Adding hot tea to gelatin

  4. Allow the gelatin to set

    Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, place it in the refrigerator and let it chill for approximately 3 hours or until it has solidified.Homemade jasmine tea gelatin


  • You may use a slightly higher amount of tea compared to what you would typically use for drinking so you get a flavorful gelatin
  • Don’t steep the tea for too long and stick to the recommended water temperature for your specific tea to achieve the best flavor.
  • Make sure that the tea is heated to at least 60°C (140°F) to allow the gelatin to dissolve properly.
    Luckily, even delicate green teas can usually withstand this temperature without any issues.

Ideas to make tea gelatin

Here are some examples of how you can enjoy tea jello:

Jasmine Tea Jelly

Glass container with Jasmin tea jelly

The floral aroma of jasmine green tea or jasmine white tea is particularly delightful on hot days.

Prepare jasmine tea according to the vendor’s instructions.
For example, in the case of jasmine white tea, it may need to be brewed in water at 60°C – 140°F.
After brewing the tea, add the bloomed gelatin as described in the recipe provided in this article.

Butterfly pea tea Jelly

Blue and purple jelly made with butterfly pea tea.

This herbal tea makes for such a beautiful gelatin dessert that I am even planning to write a separate post dedicated to the recipe.

Chamomile Jelly

Steep chamomile flowers, teabags, or tea sachets in freshly boiled water. After 10 minutes, strain the flowers or remove the tea bags, and then add the hydrated gelatin.

You can also use chamomile blends.
In the picture, I used chamomile vanilla teabags from Higher Living, and the result was irresistible.

The best part is that since it’s caffeine-free, it’s perfect as a nighttime treat, especially during hot summer nights!

Milk tea gelatin

Glass containers with milk tea in them.

Adding milk to your tea is also a great way to create delicious tea jelly!
Personally I find milk tea jelly tastes better sweetening it.

Use high-end tea

Don’t hesitate to use your favorite high-end tea for making jelly, as it’s a wonderful way to savor its flavors.
Just make sure to keep your fridge free of strong aromas while the jelly cools, or place it in a closed container.

For this picture I used shincha (the first harvest of the year).
Look at how beautiful shincha tea jelly looks!:

Recommended water temperature for different types of tea

Different types of teas call for different water temperature and steeping time:

  • Herbal tea – it’s recommended to steep these (everything that isn’t real tea) in fresh boiled water. You can steep them for 5-10 minutes, since they usually don’t get bitter even if you steep them for longer.
  • Black tea – most times you can steep black tea at around for 3-5 minutes at a temperature of 95°C (203°F)
  • Green tea – green tea, especially Japanese green tea, is quite delicate, so it’s important to avoid using water that is too hot. Usually green tea is prepared with water ranging from 60-80°C (140-175°F) and steeped for approximately 1-3 minutes.
Cheat sheet about steeping times and water temperature to make tea
Can I use cold brew tea?

You can use cold brewed tea or also any type of cold tea, but in that case, you’ll need to heat the tea liquid to at least 60°C (140°F) to ensure the gelatina melts properly.

How long does this gelatin last?

This unsweetened gelatin can last for 3-5 days when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
However, the edges and surfaces may dry and harden over time.

Homemade jasmine tea gelatin
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Easy Tea Gelatin Recipe

How to make super refreshing tea gelatin in minutes
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Resting time:3 hours
Total Time:3 hours 10 minutes


  • Tea pot Or mug to make tea
  • Glass or cup
  • Container to set gelatin


  • 1 Tbsp. Powder gelatin Around 3 sheets gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • 3 tsp Tea of choice or 3 teabags
  • 2 Cups Hot water


  • Bloom the gelatin according to package’s recommendations.
    If you use powder gelatin, combine it in a glass with a small amount of water (around 3 Tbsp).
    If you use gelatin sheets, hydrate them im room temperature water until they are soft.
    Gelatin power before and after blooming
  • Make tea by steeping the tea leaves or teabags in hot water.
    Follow the recommended water temperature and steep time for the tea you are using (check cheat sheet in the post).
    Teapot with chamomile tea from tea bags
  • When the steep time is over, remove the tea solids and add the hydrated gelatin. Stir with a spoon until the gelatin is dissolved.
    Adding hot tea to gelatin
  • Pour into mold.
    When the mixture isn’t hot anymore, let it set in the fridge for at least 3-6 hours.
    Homemade jasmine tea gelatin


  • You can adjust the amount of gelatin to your desired texture. Decrease it to 2 teaspoons of powder for a softer gelatin, or increase it for a firmer consistency.


Calories: 10kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: gelatin, tea
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 10kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    I simply love this tea jelly! Your recipe is really easy, yummy and also healthy.
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

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