Orange Fluff

 

over head shot of Orange Fluff on a bowl
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.
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  1. Orange Fluff Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Orange Fluff Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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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.

If you love dessert fruit salads you’ll want to make Berry Cheesecake Salad, Grape Salad, and Watergate Salad.

close up shot of Orange Fluff on a bowl topped with marshmallows and slices of oranges

Orange Fluff Ingredients

Orange Fluff raw ingredients that are labeled

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

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.

pudding mix and jello whisked together in a cup

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.

mandarin oranges, cool whip, and marshmallows folded in a cup

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.

over head shot of Orange Fluff on a bowl

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. Check out the tasty recipe here.

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over head shot of Orange Fluff on a bowl

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.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cool Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces orange jello mix
  • 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • ½ cup water cold
  • 8 ounces cool whip, thawed
  • 15 ounces mandarin oranges drained
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

  • Make sure the mandarin oranges are well-drained before adding them to the fluff mixture.
  • 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.
  • Another idea is to use your leftover Orange Fluff dessert to make creamsicle-style popsicles, by placing the leftovers into a popsicle mold. You can also spread it in a baking dish and scoop it up like ice cream, once it freezes. It’s delicious this way!

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