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.
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…
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:
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.
As seen on Weekend Potluck
Oh, and make sure you lick the spoon when you’re finished.
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So tell me, do you call this Orange Fluff, or something else??
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Orange Fluff Jello Salad
- 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
- 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!