Beyond the realm of box mixes, ready-to-eat guilinggao appears in various formats. Whether on the shelves of Asian supermarkets, in online stores, or at local bakeries, consumers can find this unique jelly in cans or convenient plastic containers.
When it comes to serving and enjoying guilinggao, options abound. The classic method portions the jelly into uniform cubes, either large or small, served in bowls. Another approach invites a more casual experience — simply scooping spoonfuls directly from a bowl. Given the jelly’s inherently bitter profile, many choose to temper its flavor with liquid sweeteners like honey or syrup. A sprinkling of brown sugar also works well, lending a molasses-like depth to the herbal notes of the jelly.
For a more elaborate presentation, you can layer guilinggao in a parfait glass with fruits like lychee or mango, adding a tropical twist. Alternatively, you might incorporate it into a traditional Chinese sweet soup, mingling with ingredients like red bean or lotus seed or even mochi bites for a multi-textured experience. Some people even use it as a topping on shaved ice, where its cooling properties complement the frosty base, making it an ideal treat for hot summer days. Finally, you can enjoy it as a boba topping, though another black jelly, grass jelly, is usually more prevalent in bubble tea.