Orange Fluff Jello Dessert

A delicious and refreshing orange fluff Jello dessert recipe that’s quick & easy. Makes the perfect dessert, but is light enough to serve as a salad.

orange fluff jello dessert with oranges and mint garnish

This orange fluff salad recipe is one of those go-to dishes that your granny probably made, and it’s very refreshing. It actually does double-duty because it can be served as a salad or a dessert. In fact…it is so good you will find yourself sneaking a helping or two when no one is looking!

orange fluff jello dessert in trifle bowl

Why This Recipe Works

This orange fluff Jello dessert recipe goes together very quickly, and lasts in the refrigerator for several days. It doesn’t separate or lose its texture. Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes a generous amount. When all the ingredients are folded together, a KitchenAid mixing bowl is almost filled to the brim. It definitely makes enough to feed a crowd, or to share.

orange fluff jello dessert ingredients

Ingredient Notes + Variations

  • The ingredients are very straightforward, easy to find, and pantry staples.
  • The amount of Cool Whip used is a personal choice. I have made this dessert with an 8 oz. container of Cool Whip, and I have also doubled that amount. Both versions are delicious.
  • A couple of readers shared in the comments that they used the drained fruit juice in place of a portion of the water. They said it worked great!
  • Variations for flavor:
    • Strawberry Fluff: use strawberry Jello, and substitute fresh diced strawberries for the mandarin oranges.
    • Peach Fluff: use peach Jello, and substitute diced canned or fresh peaches for the mandarin oranges.
    • I have never tried it, but a reader left a comment saying they made this recipe with tapioca pudding in place of the vanilla pudding. Sounds delicious!
  • Additions: during the final stirring, add some toasted walnuts or pecans, or toasted coconut.
orange fluff jello dessert mixed together

How To Make

  • Mix together pudding mix, Jello mix, and 2 cups water in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl.
  • Refrigerate one hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator, and beat with a mixer on high for 6 minutes until creamy.
  • Fold in Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit.
  • Transfer to glass bowl or trifle dish. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
orange fluff jello dessert in bowl

How To Serve

  • Before the final refrigeration step, distribute the dessert into individual parfait bowls, small mason jars, or white ramekins. Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and fresh mint before serving.
  • Put the entire batch in a large clear trifle bowl and refrigerate. Before serving, top the dessert with a layer of Cool Whip, and garnish with mandarin oranges and fresh mint.
orange fluff jello dessert

Reader Comment:

Oh my goodness, I just made this Friday for neighbors. I added chopped pecans and shredded coconut. This is just a good classic recipe. Thanks for sharing.”

shannon
trifle bowl with jello dessert

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this Jello dessert recipe be made ahead?

Yes! This can be made the day before you plan to eat it, and lasts for 2 or 3 days in the refrigerator without separating.

What do you mean by “partially drained” fruit?

Simply drain the fruit, but don’t worry about getting every drop of juice out. A little bit of juice in the dessert is good!

Can you use instant pudding instead of “cook and serve?”

Yes! I have never tried it myself, but a reader left a comment saying she used instant pudding and the dessert was delicious.

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orange fluff jello dessert with oranges and mint garnish

Orange Fluff Jello Dessert

Delicious and refreshing orange fluff Jello dessert recipe that's quick & easy. Makes the perfect dessert, but is light enough to serve as a salad.
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4.75 from 12 votes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
refrigeration time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 4.6 oz. box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
  • 1 0.6 oz. box sugar free orange Jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 8 oz. reduced fat Cool Whip
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits partially drained
  • 15 oz. can mandarin oranges partially drained

Instructions

  • Mix together pudding mix, jello mix, and 2 cups water in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl.
  • Refrigerate one hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator, and beat with a mixer on high for 6 minutes until creamy.
  • Fold in Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit.
  • Transfer to glass bowl or trifle dish. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Notes

Any size cans of fruit can be used, depending on how “fruity” you want your dessert. 
The amount of Cool Whip can be doubled for a fluffier texture.
If serving in a trifle bowl, reserve a few mandarin orange pieces for garnish.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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