Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jasmine Tea Jelly 茉莉花茶果凍



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One of my favorite childhood summer dessert or after school treat was jelly, or gelatin.  Back in those days, the jelly that I savored were mostly pre-packaged ones that you simply throw in the fridge to chill, peel the seal on top and enjoy.  On special occasions, my Mom would prepared jelly from “scratch” (from those flavored gelatin powder, of course) and add mixed fruit into each cup before chilling.  I still love those treats every once in a while because they really bring back many childhood memories.  Check out this post that I shared a while ago and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  Shhh….don’t laugh! And yes, that was me and my brother when we were young!  I think that was my 2nd birthday celebration.  You think I have that kind of super memories?  Yes, eat gelatin and get super memory!  Nah….the candles on that cake gave it away.

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As time goes by, I guess my taste buds are a bit more sophisticated.  What a fancy word to use.  Really, I long for old time desserts that suit my matured taste buds.   Okay, that sounds more like it.  So, here I created this Jasmine Tea Jelly 茉莉花茶果凍 that fits the bill!  This Jasmine Tea Jelly is a combination of my favorite jasmine tea and my favorite summer treat, jelly.  It might be way too hot to enjoy a cup of hot tea in the summer.  But bouncy, slightly sweet and super cool gelatin is always welcomed.

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These Jasmine Tea Jelly are infused with both jasmine tea and the jasmine tea buds.  Here’s a closer look at the jasmine buds.  After they are steeped, they soften and expended into some elegant flower buds so I added a few into each jelly cup before chilling.

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Here’s how the package looks like.  I got them from a local Asian supermarket.  Or you can find similar product from here.

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I made some of the jelly into bite size pieces because I just couldn't resist!  They are like jewels and looking so pretty.  Click here to see the silicone mold that I used. After they are fully chilled, they just popped right out of the mold when I flip the mold up side down with a gentle push on the bottom of each sphere.  Serve them in a soup spoon and they will be the perfect summer party dessert.

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Of course, I love them with a “full” serving most of the time (see picture below).  Yeah, that’s more like it.  And I got the gorgeous tea cups from here.

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Just one bite, it’ll cool you down from the inside out.  I love my dessert not too sweet.  So, you can simply adjust the amount of agave used in the recipe to suit your own taste.

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I hope you’ll give these Jasmine Tea Jelly a try.  I know you’re going to love them as much as I did.

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Jasmine Tea Jelly 茉莉花茶果凍: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 4 Servings

2 packages (14 grams) of unflavored gelatin powder
3 cups water, divided
2 jasmine tea bags
1 tablespoon jasmine buds
4 to 6 tablespoons agave (more or less to taste)

In a small bowl, mix gelatin and 1/2 cup of water and let it proof for 5 minutes.

In a small pot, bring the remaining 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil.  Remove from heat, add the tea bags and jasmine buds, cover and let mixture steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Reheat tea mixture, add the gelatin mixture and stir until all gelatin dissolved.  Add agave and stir well.  Taste if it’s sweet enough for you.  Remember, the jelly will tastes less sweet after it’s chilled.  I personally don’t like it too sweet.  So please adjust the amount of agave according to your own preference.

Strain mixture into a measuring cup with beaker.  Evenly divided the mixture into 4 (8 ounces) cups, add a few cooked jasmine buds in each cup and chill for at least 2 hours or until set; enjoy. 

104 comments:

  1. Your photos are so pretty..I have everything on hand except the Agave..funny I have seen it and looked again yesterday because of you..do they all have 32 grams of sugar? Sounds funny baking as much as I do..but it's for family:) I have to restrict my sugar..
    Could I use Stevia?

    So darling!

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    1. Thank you so much. :) Glad you have most of the ingredients on hand to make this treat. The agave I used said 16g of sugar only. But if sugar is the thing, feel free to use stevia or any other sweetener or sugar substitute. Just make sure the sweetener completely dissolved if it's not liquid, that's all. The result should be just as delicious.

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  2. What a great way to end a meal!

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    1. Thanks, Belinda. I think I eat these way more often than just after a meal! hahaha....

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  3. Delicious recipe and pretty pictures!!
    And your brother and you look so beautiful!!
    Kisses

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. Glad you like my pictures. :)

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  4. Happy Buddha's Birthday! I am sipping a glass of Jasmine tea as I am reading your post. Your Jasmine jellies are such a beautiful and light treat. Slightly sweet and slightly floral. I also get those prepackaged jellies for my boys lunches but homemade ones are much better. Oh by the way you look very sweet in the picture with your older brother. Take Care, BAM

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    1. Thank you, BAM! Glad you like my little creation. Somehow, my kids doesn't like the pre-packaged jello but they would eat my homemade ones. I say, they are spoiled! hahahaha....Have a great weekend, my friend.

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  5. Now this is not the "jelly" of my childhood! So gorgeous, elegant and tasty! Now I must pop over to see where you got those beautiful tea cups!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Glad you like my grown up style of jelly. :P Oh...I love those tea/cappuccino cups. I use them on many desserts (more so than cappuccino I think). :P

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  6. I agree with Liz and these are not the jello jigglers of my childhood. They sound wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Bellini. :) I know...my childhood was filled with the colored and artificial flavored jello...it's time for a delicious change. ;)

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  7. Amy those jellies look so wonderful. Jasmine tea is my favorite so this something I would like make :-) happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Rekha. Glad you like these little jellies. :) Yes, I love jasmine tea too.

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  8. Your jellies look delicious! Such a cute presentation, too. I even have the agave!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Glad you like these jellies and my presentation. :)

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  9. that looks so amazing and so much fun to eat! Love it

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like them too. :)

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  10. I've made barley jellies, palm sugar, coconut milk etc but never ever thought of jasmine tea! I love jasmine tea myself very much. Have got to try this. Your packet of jasmine flowers look very pretty.

    ~Jayne

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    1. Thank you, Jayne. I agree, those little flower buds are so pretty. Hope you'll give this Jasmine Tea Jelly a try, they are now my favorite snack.

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  11. Oh, that looks so very refreshing and good to eat!

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    1. Thank you, ladyfi. Glad you like my little refreshing treats.

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  12. what an original dessert! would never have thought of something like this but now I would really like to taste it, I am also nostalgic of childhood treats, but with an adult twist. good that you managed to reach that in these lovely jelly. ciao! Barbara

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara. Yes, it's always fun to play with food and try to combine different things that we love into one recipe. :) Glad you like these Jellies too. ;)

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  13. Amy, this is a really beautiful jelly dessert.

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  14. I did cook some jelly recently but did not post it in my blog. The weather is so hot and humid these days, it's only natural we try to cool down with nice cold food whenever we can...this jelly of sounds sounds very fragrant and cooling and delicious! Looks so pretty too!

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    1. Thank you, Jeannie. I agree, we need some delicious cool treats in this hot weather. :) Have a wonderful weekend, stay cool! ;)

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  15. Amy, I love Jasmine tea and this dessert looks very pretty! The presentation looks perfect too!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. These were fun and delicious. I'm glad you like my presentation. :)

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  16. Amy, I love it when people cook, bake or make dessert with different teas as the base ingredient. It is such an underused ingredient if I may say so although it lends such a delicious flavor note to foods. I love this post, the jelly, the beautiful jasmin flowers that you used, your very pretty presentation and, of course, I love jasmin tea! Your post is just so delightful! I truly wish I could have a taste now!
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Andrea. I agree, should cook and bake more with teas. They are so fragrant and match so well with many ingredients. :) Wish I can share some with you. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Jelly looks awesome and well made Amy.. Pretty clicks too.. Wish I could taste it right now :-)

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    1. Thank you, Nilu. Wish I can share some with your...these are really awesome. :)

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  18. Nice:-) Perfect for the hot afternoons. I like those cups too, great for a homemade latte:-)

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    1. Thank you. Yes, these are very refreshing for hot days. :) I love those cups....and funny I use them in desserts more than coffee or latte. hahaha....

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  19. The jelly looks so pretty! I agree with you that it is sometimes too hot to drink tea during hot days. Your jelly will sure cool you down. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Amy. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my yummy cool off idea. :P Have a great weekend.

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  20. I absolutely love the look of this dessert! It is so pretty! I would love to try it.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Glad you like this dessert. Wish I can send you some to try. :) Have a great weekend.

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  21. Your jellies are adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. Glad you like them. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. These look gorgeous Amy! Lovely photos too. The jellies are a great idea for a dinner party as they can be pre-made with no further prep required. Book-marking them...

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    1. Thank you. I'm so glad you like this recipe and my pictures. :) Yes these are perfect for entertaining. Wish you a great weekend.

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  23. 我最喜欢这种带有淡淡茉莉香的果冻。好像在挑逗你的味蕾却又不会太浓腻。完美!

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    1. Hehe...didn't know you are fluent in Chinese. And your writing is like a poem too. :) Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  24. Hi Amy,

    Your bite size jelly is really dainty. Too good to be eaten. :) I have not eaten jasmine tea jelly with jasmine flower buds before but should be very tasty, I can imagine the taste already. I have only eaten Osmanthus and Wolfberries Jelly before so is this recipe your own creation? Well done! :)

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Oh..nothing is too good or too pretty to be eaten! hahaha...I would probably be starving if that's the case. :P Yes,this is my own creation. I just love to play around with different ingredients and flavors that I like. :) Hope you like them too. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  25. These jellies are so fancy! I love how you infused them with jasmine tea! Way to really make them your own!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. Oh yeah, these are really yummy and I just love Jasmine tea so much not to create desserts with it. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  26. Amy, thanks for stopping by Food on Fifth recently. I am happy to find your blog which is so great. Jellies I will now try. This recipe is not only beautifully photographed, but does sound so refreshing. Thanks for stopping by to visit me and making me aware of you.

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    1. Thank you so much of your kind words. You have a lovely blog yourself. :) Hope you'll love these Jellies too. They are so refreshing and I just made another batch as well. Have a great weekend.

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  27. What a unique dessert my friend, these jellies are gourmet, high class hotel style :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Thank you, CCU. Glad you like my gourmet jellies...but they are actually very economical and down to earth treats. :) Wish you a beautiful weekend, my friend.

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  28. These are so dainty and creative!

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Glad you love my little creativity. :P Have a beautiful weekend.

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  29. The single bite ones are so adorable, and I absolutely love the way you've presented them!

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    1. Thank you, Deidre. Glad you love these yummy treats. Have a great one.

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  30. wow! a tea in a jelly or a jelly tea. whatever it is, it looks interesting and delicious.



    www.phioxee.com

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    1. Thank you, Phioxee. Hehe...You can call these whatever you want. I just called them delicious. :P Have a great weekend.

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  31. A cute and cooling way to end a meal.

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    1. Thank you. Yes they are really refreshing. :) Have a great weekend, my friend.

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  32. Love all of the pictures but the second one is particularly good, as is the one with the spoons lined up. Really nice (and pretty!) dessert. And a very fun post - thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my little food styling and creation in the kitchen. :) It's always fun to try something new. Have a fantastic weekend.

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  33. I'm going to try this. We are big fans of Agave, and the Asian supermarket is right down the street so I can pick up the jasmine buds. I have the same chickadee plates and the glass tea cups! I think we have something in common.

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    1. Let me know how you like them if you tried. I just made another batch last night and they are so good and refreshing. I love those chickadee plate....actually, someone very creative and attached a candlestick on the bottom and turn it into a cake stand. I won that from an Etsy shop giveaway. :) And those tea cups are one of my favorites too. Guess we both have some good taste! LOL...wish you a beautiful weekend, Debbie.

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  34. un dessert bien gourmand j'adore
    bonne soirée

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    1. content que vous aimez ces dessert. Ils sont si légers et regreshing. Donc, ne vous sentez pas mal pour profiter un peu plus. Ayez un grand week-end.

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  35. A truly elegant way to enjoy jelly. Very nice.


    Velva

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    1. Thank you, Velva. Glad you like these little jelly treats. :)

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  36. Such a pretty posting. This does sound delicious. I love how people are making more and more recipes using tea. The photos just delight!

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudia. I agree, I love tea in my recipes. Both sweet and savory. :) Guess I love tea so much it just seems natural to add into anything. :P Have a great weekend.

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  37. I've never seen anything like this. Beautiful and looks delicious!

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    1. Thank you. Hehe....the reason you've never seen this because I created this in my very own kitchen..simply combining things that I love, jelly and jasmine. I always love to test and create new recipes with what I love and what I have on hand. :) This one is among my top favorites. Wish you a wonderful Memorial weekend.

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  38. Amy, these are adorable! I love grass jelly desserts so I know I'll love these. The jasmine buds makes them really pretty.

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. Thank you so much Anne. Oh...if you love the grass jelly desserts, I'm sure you'll love these even more. The floral scent is wonderful in these Jellies. Hope you'll give them a try. Have a lovely weekend.

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  39. What a wonderful recipe! Thy look so cute, that tiny!

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    1. Thank you, Azlin. Yes, the tiny one are perfect little snacks, or serve in gatherings. But I usually love them in a cups for after snack. :P Have a beautiful weekend.

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  40. It looks so elegant and sophisticated! I cannot believe it's so easy to prepare. I will try your recipe when it gets warmer. I am very fond of jasmine tea. I will check if I can get jasmine buds here. They add an unusual touch to these jellies (not to mention the taste... I cannot even imagine how they taste...). I even have identical moulds (they are a bit bigger).

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    1. Thank you, Sissi. Glad to hear you like my creation. Yes, the tea flavor is really wonderful, especially if you love jasmine, you've got to give these a try. I'm sure you'll love them. How nice you've got the same mold. :) I love it and use it quite often. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  41. It's delicious WITH super memory? I'll take 3!!

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    1. Did I say super memory? Oh...I guess my memory isn't really that great after all! hahahah....have a beautiful weekend, my friend.

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  42. They look so elegant, and delicious. I love the presentation!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. Glad you like them. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  43. Se ve muy bien absolutamente delicioso su postre muy original,abrazos y abrazos.

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    1. muchas gracias. Me alegra que te guste mi pequeño creatoin. Usted y su familia un fin de semana maravilloso de deseos. tenga cuidado.

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  44. These look scrumptious!! And I love your little dishes too :)

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    1. Thank you, Dear. I'm glad you like my little creations. :) Have a beautiful weekend.

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  45. How elegant! I'm sure the flavor is sublime. And they would be so refreshing on a warm summer day. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. Thank you, Monet. Oh yeah, these are so good and refreshing. I just made another batch last night and was enjoying them today. :P Wish I can share some with you.

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  46. Oooo yum! We used to be able to get tea jelly at a tea house in Singapore...i love them.

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    1. Really? Didn't know tea jelly are available in tea house in Singapore as I've never tasted one until my own creation! hahaha...didn't even know such a thing existed. :P I say, great minds think alike. Have a beautiful weekend! Take care.

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  47. This is so pretty and elegant and I can imagine they're very refreshing too. And I love jasmine tea!

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    1. Oh, if you love Jasmine tea, these are must try. Yes, they are super refreshing. :) Wish you a beautiful weekend! Take care.

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  48. I love jasmine tea. I love tea desserts - from cake to cookies to ice cream....this jelly sounds so delicious! I'm afraid I can finish all at one sitting?! =P I love THAT much!

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    1. hehe...if you love jasmine tea, these are must try. I just made another batch last night and 1/2 a batch is gone today. :P Wish you and your family a wonderful memorial weekend.

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  49. Hi Amy, your tea jelly so cute and pretty. Very delectable and lovely presentation. Guess hard to stop eating too.... :))

    Have a nice day.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amelia. Yes, they are quite hard to stop especially on hot days. :P hehe...

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  50. I love the flavor of jasmine tea, and the little jewels of jelly are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Glad you like my little creations. :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  51. When going to dim sum, I always ask for jasmine tea, but never had jelly...looks delicious and so cute the way you presented.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week Amy :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Juliana. Glad you like my little creation. This recipe is born out of my little imagination so you probably won't see it anywhere else. :P Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. It tastes wonderful and refreshing too.

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