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Orange Fluff Jello Salad Recipe

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When we were growing up, Orange Jello Salad or Orange Stuff was always on the table at potlucks, parties, Thanksgiving – you name it! Now it’s time to share this Mandarin Oranges, Jell-O, Cool Whip and pineapple delight with the next generation!

If you’re from the Midwest, you know this jello salad recipe.

It’s the one that my family calls orange fluff. My husband’s family calls it Orange Junk Salad and the neighbor calls it Orange Stuff. My great Aunt calls it Mandarin Orange Fluff Jello Salad.

Yet we all know what fruit salad we’re talking about.

I mean, let’s face it – when we devoured this dessert as kids, we didn’t know what was in it. We just knew it was delicious.

What is orange jello salad, anyway?

I’d rank orange fluff jello salad along with other famous American desserts. Think of ambrosia salad, watergate salad, and all those fluff-style desserts.

ingredients for orange fluff jello salad

This is an orange fluff jello salad with tapioca, crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges. This easy dessert is all blended together with a creamy Cool Whip, otherwise known as whipped topping.

It kinda tastes like an orange pineapple creamsicle, except – fluff. Dreamy, right???

When we were kids, my Mom called it a salad. In the family cookbooks, guess where it’s listed? Not in the cake section, not in the sweets or desserts. It’s in the salad portion of the cookbook.

It’s also listed as a Weight Watchers Dessert. If you figure that one out, let me know…

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orange fluff jello salad

It’s sweet and creamy, light and fluffy. The jello with tapioca pudding adds body and texture and of course, there’s a hint of the tropics from the fruit.

As you can see, this is an epicurean delight. And delish.

There are many variations of this recipe, but mine is an orange fluff jello salad without cottage cheese. In my opinion, it’s the best!

Here’s how to make orange fluff dessert:

While generations before called the orange delight a salad, let’s be honest. Recipes like this are really just an excuse to serve dessert along with the main dish.

I love my ancestors.

Okay, let’s do this! In a large bowl, add one package of orange jello and two packages of tapioca pudding to three cups of boiling water.

Stir well until all the jello mix dissolves. In case you’d like to know, this was my job as a child and it took it very seriously. Moving on…

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

I’m gonna repeat that. Refrigerate overnight. This means don’t wait until the last minute to make this like I may have done the very first time I made it. Ehem…

Add Cool Whip to the jello mixture. Now, you can 100 percent do this by hand but just know your arm muscles may feel the burn in the process. I like to use a hand mixer to break up the jello a bit to make the job easier.

You want your jello to be broken into little pieces. Stir in the Cool Whip.

Drain your canned fruit and fold it gently into the mixture. And that’s it!

You may want to transfer it to a serving bowl, or maybe not. Your call.

Can I use Sugar Free Options?

Sure, you can use sugar free jello and light whipped topping when you make orange fluff.

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Oh, and make sure you lick the spoon when you’re finished.

Other dessert recipes you’ll love:

So tell me, do you call this Orange Fluff, or something else??

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5 from 12 votes

Orange Fluff Jello Salad

Growing up Orange Fluff Jello Salad was also on the table for special occasions. Now it’s time to share this mandarin orange and pineapple delight with the next generation!
Prep Time17 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jello salad, orange jello
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Deanne Frieders, This Farm Girl Cooks

Ingredients

  • 2 packages tapioca pudding, cook n serve (3 ounces each)
  • 1 package orange jello (3 ounce package)
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple drained
  • 15 ounce mandarin oranges drained
  • 8 ounce cool whip brand or similar whipped topping

Instructions

  •  In a large bowl, add one package of orange jello and two packages of tapioca pudding to three cups of boiling water.
  • Stir well to combine until all the jello mix is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • After the jello has set, add Cool Whip to the jello mixture. You can do this by hand or may use a hand mixer to break up the jello into small pieces.
  • Stir in the Cool Whip. Drain your canned fruit and fold it gently into the mixture.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie
    April 19, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    5 stars
    OH YUM!!! I grew up in the south, and we had a version of this with coconut! Yum yum, I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    April 19, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds like the best afternoon delight! What a fun combo of flavors; I’ll have to give this a try at Easter!

  • Reply
    Beth
    April 20, 2019 at 12:47 am

    5 stars
    I call this Delicious!! I know it’s a salad but I could eat this as a meal!

  • Reply
    Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    April 20, 2019 at 3:38 am

    5 stars
    MY FAMILY LOVES FLUFF! I have been looking for this recipe everywhere. I am so making this Orange Fluff Jello Salad for dessert after Easter dinner!

  • Reply
    Bee
    April 22, 2019 at 9:49 am

    5 stars
    This looks very delish! I have a recipe that is similar and my husband always requests it. Thanks for sharing, I am always looking for new recipes to try.

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    April 30, 2019 at 10:08 am

    5 stars
    Yum! We called it fluff. The jello flavor varied, but the other ingredients are basically the same. Wondering now why I never make it for my own family? This was a holiday staple all through my Iowa childhood.

    • Reply
      Deanne Frieders
      May 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Hello in Iowa! I’m trying to make some of my childhood favorites so our kids get to see them, too!

  • Reply
    Kate
    June 2, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    5 stars
    Mmmm I love fluff jello recipes, and this orange one looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  • Reply
    Kiki Johnson
    June 2, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing! We don’t get orange flavored jello here in Mexico but mango and pineapple! Do you think that would work as well?

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    June 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    5 stars
    What a fun recipe, so perfect for a hot summer day bbq or picnic! I’m sure kids go crazy for this one šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Sophie
    June 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    5 stars
    Such a lovely recipe. Always love orange and cream!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    June 2, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    This is surely a delicious and yummy salad. Love the orange flavor to it. Unique and special.

  • Reply
    Natalie
    June 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    5 stars
    YUM! Looks so delicious and I bet kids will love it!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    June 2, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    5 stars
    The name of this recipe clearly states the truth! This was so light and fluffy and full of sweet flavor; my whole family loved it!

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