Chinese Grass Jelly Pudding

You have to believe me when I tell you that this is not a bowl of thickened squid ink.

It’s a dessert/snack, which tastes like a grass jelly flavored Angel Delight (pudding). The creation was made purely accidentally. I had half a can of grass jelly left, and I wanted to make it into a drink with rock sugar syrup… only the amount of syrup I used was not substantial enough to make a drink, but a silky dessert/snack.

I thought it was pretty pleasant. However, if the black gelatinous mass doesn’t put you off, the flavor might. It’s lightly bitter, and tastes medicinal – definitely an acquired taste.

If you’re into your grass jelly, this is a great way of enjoying it. It’s deliciously refreshing, making it perfect for the warm summer months.


Serves 1-2


  • ½ (540 g, 19 oz) can grass jelly, well chilled and cut into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons cold rock sugar syrup*, or to taste

* To make rock sugar syrup, simply dissolve the lump of rock sugar in a small amount of hot water. If you like a really sweet syrup, add more rock sugar. If you cannot find rock sugar, you can also use brown sugar made into a syrup, agave nectar, honey, brown rice syrup, maple syrup or any other syrup, to taste


1. Pop the grass jelly and rock sugar syrup in a liquidizer.

2. Blitz until smooth, then serve and enjoy!

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