Orange Fluff Recipe

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You can make an orange fluff recipe any time at home. It is a favorite dessert right after a delicious turkey dinner. This simple orange fluff recipe is so good and easy to make. The cream cheese, vanilla wafers and whipped cream come together nicely in this light but decadent dessert. All you need is some fruit on top of your fluff, and you are ready to enjoy this dessert…..

ORANGE FLUFF DESSERT (+VIDEO)

Orange Fluff also called Orange Delight or “The Orange Stuff.” Made with Cool Whip, Mandarin Oranges, Jell-O and marshmallows!

ORANGE FLUFF DESSERT

This dessert has a lot of different names that people call it. Orange Fluff, Orange Delight, Weight Watchers Dessert, or even ‘The Orange Stuff.’ It was something my mom made often when she was doing Weight Watchers. I don’t know the point value anymore for this because they keep changing it all the time. I also don’t actually adhere to a Weight Watchers diet so you’ll want to do your own checking on the points if you are. However, you don’t need to be on a diet to gobble this stuff up!

Orange Fluff dessert sown in a large white bowl, topped with fresh mint.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do I have to use the cottage cheese?

Don’t let the list of ingredients deter you. I know lots of folks gag at the thought of cottage cheese being in this. Most folks don’t taste the cottage cheese as a separate ingredient. Unless they know it’s in there, a lot of people can’t really put their finger on what is different. But if you just absolutely cannot stand the thought of putting it in there – try substituting with plain yogurt.

Can I use sugar free options?

Yes absolutely! Any of the ingredients that you can purchase that are low sugar or sugar-free will work. In addition, you can get low fat cottage cheese (or yogurt if you’re using that) as well!

Will this recipe work with other Jell-O flavors?

Absolutely! You can have fun playing around with this dessert and testing out different flavors for sure!

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • small-curd cottage cheese
  • orange Jell-O gelatin
  • mandarin oranges
  • whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
  • mini marshmallows
  • chopped pecans (optional)
Ingredients needed to make orange fluff: small-curd cottage cheese, orange Jell-O gelatin, mandarin oranges, whipped topping (COOL WHIP), mini marshmallows, chopped pecans.
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HOW TO MAKE ORANGE FLUFF:

In a bowl, combine cottage cheese with the orange Jell-O gelatin mix. Stir until well mixed. 

small curd cottage cheese and orange gelatin mix in a clear glass bowl.
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Add in the well-drained can of mandarin oranges and the tub of Cool Whip. Stir.

cool whip whipped topping shown dolloped on top of orange gelatin mixture in a clear glass bowl.
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Finally, stir in the marshmallows and pecans. 

mini marshmallows and chopped pecans added to orange gelatin mixture in a large clear bowl.
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Cover and store in the refrigerator and allow to get nice and cool. If you were to eat it right away, it would taste grainy from the Jell-O. But give it at least a couple of hours and the flavors will really come together and blend nicely. This is definitely a dessert you can make the day before you need it.

Orange Fluff

Enjoy this quick and easy to make orange fluff. Mixing jello, vanilla pudding, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows make a refreshingly sweet and luscious dessert.

Sweet, smooth, and luscious: orange fluff jello salad is a refreshing and festive dessert. As its name hints, whipped topping makes this orange-tastic treat oh so fluffy. Whip it up in minutes before starting on dinner, and by dessert, your orange fluff will be ready to serve.

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This orange fluff recipe combines pudding, jello, and whipped topping making it a veritable trifecta of Americana. Dreamy like an orange creamsicle, you’ll get the nostalgia without the stick. Fancy up the fluff by serving in pretty, individual dishes.

Orange creamsicle fluff is a classic flavor combination, but you could use any jello and fruit blend. Pineapple, raspberry, or strawberry with bits of fresh fruit would be equally delicious. Jello salad is easily adaptable to your family’s preferences.

ORANGE FLUFF INGREDIENTS

  • Orange Jello mix
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Water
  • Cool Whip
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Mini marshmallows

There’s nothing more classic than fruit and cream. Mandarin oranges add a burst of texture and flavor to the otherwise smooth and creamy dessert. Mini marshmallows contribute a bit of shape and chewiness in this pillowy confection.

Some recipes call for cottage cheese which adds tanginess. If you like cottage cheese, add or even substitute it for the vanilla pudding. During the hour of chilling time, the flavors will meld together nicely.

HOW TO MAKE ORANGE FLUFF

FIRST STEP: In a large bowl combine orange Jello mix and boiling hot water. Use a whisk to stir until all Jello is dissolved. Add cold water and mix. 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.

SECOND STEP: Remove from the refrigerator and whisk in dry instant vanilla 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.

THIRD STEP: Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and gently fold in mandarin oranges, cool whip, and marshmallows. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.

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COOKING TIPS 

It is best if the mandarin oranges are very well-drained before adding to the fluff mixture.

Whipped topping needs to be thawed completely and folded in carefully.

The jello does not need to be pre-made: it is simply stirred together with the other ingredients.

Double the mandarin oranges for an extra punch of flavor and color.

STORING THIS RECIPE 

Keep orange fluff refrigerated for up to 2-3 days. The mandarin oranges might add extra liquid to the salad, so stir again before serving.

Freezing is not recommended as the crystal structure will change the texture.

Orange Fluff

Orange Fluff salad is a creamy dessert that tastes like an orange creamsicle. Easy to make and filled with sweet flavors, this cool dessert is a crowd favorite.

Orange fluff is cool and creamy, a dreamy fruity dessert salad that is always a crowd-pleaser. This sweet dreamsicle inspired treat is made with jello, pudding, whipped topping, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows.

ORANGE FLUFF INGREDIENTS

Orange Fluff raw ingredients that are labeled
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You will need:

  • 1 3-ounce box orange jello mix
  • 1 3.4-ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • ½ cup water cold
  • 1 8-ounce tub cool whip thawed
  • 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges drained
  • 2 cup 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 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 to 20 minutes.

jello mix and water whisked together in a cup
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STEP TWO: Remove from the refrigerator and whisk in dry instant vanilla 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 to 20 minutes.

PRO TIP: Make sure the mandarin oranges are well-drained before adding them to the fluff mixture.

STEP THREE: Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and gently fold in mandarin oranges, cool whip, and marshmallows. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator for at least 1hour, 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.

HOW TO SERVE

This yummy fruit salad is a delightful choice to take to a picnic, family gathering, or special occasion. Light and fluffy, serve orange fluff as a scrumptious side dish or as a tasty dessert. Enjoy a serving with a refreshing glass of raspberry iced 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 to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this Orange jello salad recipe and it will keep for about 3 months.

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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.

Orange Fluff salad is a refreshingly sweet and luscious dessert, and also one of the easiest desserts to make with just a handful of simple ingredients. Also called orange creamsicle fluff or orange jello fluff, this easy dessert fruit salad tastes just like an orange creamsicle. Filled with sweet, classic flavors, this retro recipe is always a crowd favorite. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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