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Orange Fluff

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Mixing together orange jello, vanilla pudding, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows makes a sweet dreamsicle inspired treat that everyone loves. It’s a simple summer dessert salad that’s the perfect dish to share.
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  1. ORANGE FLUFF INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS ORANGE FLUFF RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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This orange fluff salad, sometimes referred to as orange creamsicle fluff or orange jello fluff, is made by mixing together jello, pudding, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows. It’s super easy to whip up and makes for a fruity dessert salad, perfect for potlucks and summer get-togethers. Our orange fluff recipe is always a crowd pleaser!

We love easy summer dessert salads, and we have more delicious recipes to share with you! This Watergate Salad and Ambrosia Salad are two favorite salads. You simply can’t go wrong with either tasty recipe for fluff-style desserts.

orange fluff in a clear cup with marshmallows and mandarin oranged

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Orange Sherbet Punch | Orange Creamsicle Fudge


ORANGE FLUFF INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 1 (3-ounce box) of Orange Jello mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce box) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can manadarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Orange Jello: This fluffy salad recipe would be tasty with a variety of different flavors of Jello. Strawberry jello would make for a strawberries and cream style salad. Peach jello, for a peaches ‘n cream flavor, would also be super yummy.

Mandarin Oranges: If you choose to change up the jello flavor in this easy recipe, I would also recommend changing the fruit. For example, if you go with strawberry jello try adding sliced strawberries in place of the mandarin oranges. 

HOW TO MAKE THIS ORANGE FLUFF RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, combine orange jello mix and boiling hot water. Use a whisk to stir until all jello is dissolved. Use a rubber spatula to scrape around the sides of the bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

orange fluff process shot of ingredients being mixed together

STEP TWO: Remove jello mixture from the refrigerator and whisk in dry instant pudding mix. Use the rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl again to ensure all jello and pudding are dissolved. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes.

orange fluff process shot of ingredients being mixed together

STEP THREE: Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and gently fold in the manadarin oranges, whipped topping, and marshmallows. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.

PRO TIP: For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 1 hour of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.

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HOW TO SERVE

This delicious jello salad is a great choice to take to a potluck dinner or other event where you can share it with your friends. It is so light and fluffy, it is perfect as either a delicious side dish for a meal or as a dessert treat afterward. Serve our refreshing iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can most definitely make orange fluff jello salad ahead of time. In fact, I recommend making it the night before you plan to serve it. That way it can sit in the refrigerator and the flavors can blend together. It also allows the marshmallows to soften up a bit. Be sure to store your salad in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will stay good in the fridge for 2-3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this Orange jello salad recipe and it will keep for about 3 months. Be aware that the texture of the marshmallows won’t be the same once they’ve thawed out. Since this is such a simple recipe to make, it’s best to make it fresh.

PRO TIP: Another idea is to use your leftover Orange Fluff dessert to make creamsicle-style popsicles, by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream, once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

overhead shot of orange fluff

Our Orange Fluff salad recipe is one of the easiest desserts to make! Mixing together a handful of simple ingredients to make a sweet dreamsicle inspired treat with its amazing orange flavor that everyone loves. It’s a simple light dessert salad that’s the sweet salad to share. 

FAQ

Are there other flavors I could make with this recipe?

There are plenty of variations on our orange fluff salad. You can change up the jello flavor and fruit for whatever your imagination can come up with. Try peach or strawberry fluff salads for two great choices.

Can I freeze this salad?

You can freeze it, however, the texture of the marshmallows may change once thawed. If you don’t mind this, the salad will keep for about 3 months in the freezer.

Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

You could certainly substitute whipped topping with homemade whipped cream. Check out the tasty recipe here.

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Orange Fluff

5 from 2 votes
Mixing together orange jello, vanilla pudding, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows makes a sweet dreamsicle inspired treat that everyone loves. It’s a simple summer dessert salad that’s the perfect dish to share.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3-ounce box orange jello mix
  • 1 3.4-ouce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • 1/2 cup water cold
  • 1 8-ounce tub cool whip thawed
  • 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 2 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine orange jello mix and boiling hot water. Use a whisk to stir until all jello is dissolved and then add in the cold water. Use a rubber spatula to scrape around the sides of the bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and whisk in dry instant vanilla pudding mix. Use the rubber spatula to scrape sides of the bowl again to ensure all jello and pudding are dissolved. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove bowl from the refrigerator and gently fold in mandarin oranges, cool whip, and marshmallows. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for at least 1hour, or until ready to serve.

Notes

TIP: Make sure the mandarin oranges are well drained before adding to the fluff mixture.
TIP: For best results, make sure you give your salad at least 1 hour of chilling time. It allows all of the yummy flavors to blend together.
 
TIP: Another idea is to use your leftover Orange Fluff dessert to make creamsicle-style popsicles, by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream, once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 14mg | Sugar: 7g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Nita Parks says

    When do you add the 1/2 cup of cold water ? After the boiling water and jello powder is dissolved ? thanks

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