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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 orange jello salad with pineapple with the rest of the world!

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

orange fluff jello salad

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 this orange fluff salad recipe 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, right along the also delicious Taffy Apple Salad.

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

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Why I love Orange Fluff 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!

orange fluff jello salad

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

It’s a cousin to the equally Taffy Apple Salad.

I love my ancestors.

Here’s how to make orange fluff dessert:

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.

jello salad


  • Use pineapple tidbits instead of crushed pineapple for a chunkier jello salad.
  • Top with mini marshmallows as a fun, playful garnish.

Can I use Sugar Free Options?

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

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

As seen on Weekend Potluck

Other dessert recipes you’ll love:

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

If you make this Orange Jello fluff, leave a comment below!

made with love, Deanne
mandarin oranges and jello on a spoon
Yield: 12 servings

Orange Fluff Jello Salad

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 Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 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


  1.  In a large bowl, add one package of orange jello and two packages of tapioca pudding to three cups of boiling water.
  2. Stir well to combine until all the jello mix is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. 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.
  4. Stir in the Cool Whip. Drain your canned fruit and fold it gently into the mixture.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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orange fluff jello salad

Original photo taken at Thanksgiving 2019. Awwww…..

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Sunday 13th of December 2020

This is easy to make and very good. There were no left overs.

Deanne Frieders

Monday 14th of December 2020

So glad you liked it Rachel!


Sunday 13th of December 2020

So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!


Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Great recipe. The only change we made was to cut the jello down to one box instead of two. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 21st of September 2020

This sounds so yummy and I would like to make it but one thing I cant substitute here in Australia is Cool Whip as I don't know what it is, can you give me an idea what it is so I can try and find something similar here Thanks for sharing. I am about to have a good look around your site now.

Deanne Frieders

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Hi Beryl, Cool Whip is a brand of whipped topping here. I'm not sure if you have it in Australia or not!


Thursday 10th of September 2020

My grandma used to make fluff salads. I stumbled on your recipe a year ago and I’ve made it for my family on many occasions. Thank you for sharing it. It makes me feel closer to my grandma.

Deanne Frieders

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Awww, I'm so glad to hear that, Jimmy. There's something about tried and true recipes that bring us closer together.

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