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Orange Deliciousness

on May 23, 2014
Memorial Day Family

Photo courtesy of Susan Jarvis/Waterkopf Photography

With Memorial Day just around the weekend, we not only remember those we’ve loved and lost, but we officially welcome summer. The local pool opens, we can be fairly certain warm weather is here to stay, and — at least for my family — vacation is close at hand since we usually head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina the first week of June.

Do you have plans for Memorial Day? Any fun traditions you’d like to share? What about recipes?

Speaking of recipes, I thought I’d post a favorite I came across not too long ago. It’s easy, refreshing and a great potluck option, as long as you can keep it cold. The site where I found it calls it “Orange Jell-o Salad” but in my family it’s known as “Orange Deliciousness.”

Here’s how it’s done:

Start by dissolving 1 large package (4.3 ounces*) of orange Jell-o in 2 cups of boiling water. I usually just do this in the disposable 9 x 13 aluminum pan I plan to serve it in. Next, stir in 1 6-ounce can of frozen orange juice, 2 small cans of mandarin oranges, drained, and 1 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple with the juice. Once it’s all mixed together, put it in the fridge and let it chill until solid.

And now for the delicious part that takes it to a whole other level: When the Jell-o is ready, beat together 1 package of instant vanilla pudding** and 1 cup of milk until it’s well-mixed, then fold in an 8-ounce container of Cool Whip. Spread this on top of the Jell-o. This will make you — and everyone you share it with — very happy.

Is it, in fact, a salad? Is it a dessert? Who cares? It’s delicious! Let me know if you try it and if it was a success.

Memorial Day

Photo courtesy of Susan Jarvis/Waterkopf Photography

Orange Jell-o Salad

1 lg package (4.3 oz) orange Jell-o
2 cups boiling water
1 6-oz can frozen orange juice
2 small cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 20-oz can crushed pineapple with juice
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 8-oz container Cool Whip

Dissolve the orange Jell-O in water. Add orange juice, mandarin oranges and pineapple. Put the combined ingredients in a 9×13 dish and chill until solid. Beat pudding and milk together and then fold in Cool Whip. Spread on top of Jell-o.

* I have not been able to find a 4.3-ounce package of Jell-o. The packs around here are either 3 ounces or, if I remember right, 6. So I buy the smaller ones and use about one and a half. It always turns out fine.

** If I’m in a hurry, I’ve discovered it’s just as good — and quicker/easier — to mix four of the ready-made individual servings of vanilla pudding with the Cool Whip. And a little cheaper too.

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