Not every mouthwatering dessert recipe has to be hard to make. In fact, the following orange creamsicle fluff is really easy. Even a beginner home cook will be able to achieve perfect results with ease. Orange Jell-O is the basis of the dessert, along with instant vanilla cheesecake pudding, and then you also need Cool Whip, canned mandarin orange segments, and mini marshmallows. All these ingredients are really easy to find at the store. Perhaps you already have some in the pantry.
Since this is a gelatin-based dessert, it does need setting time, so prepare it well ahead and it’ll be all ready to serve when you’re ready to enjoy it. This is also a versatile recipe and if you like to play with flavors, you might like to try other Jell-O flavors and other instant pudding flavors, as well as different kinds of canned fruit, or even use fresh berries to change things up.
Orange creamsicle fluff is always a delight, boasting fruity flavors and a creamy texture in every mouthful. The combination of oranges and cream is just perfect and the vanilla cheesecake flavor instant pudding adds another creamy, tangy taste to the dessert.
Why You’ll Love the Recipe
One of the best things about this orange creamsicle dessert is how simple it is to prepare. It’s mostly a question of whisking the ingredients together and making sure it has enough time to set in the refrigerator.
How to Serve It:
This dessert is delicious served in glass bowls just as it is. It would make a nice summer dessert after any kind of main course.
What you need:
- Mandarin oranges
- Instant vanilla cheesecake pudding
- Orange Jell-O
- Cool Whip
- Mini marshmallows
- Fresh mint
How to make Orange Creamsicle Fluff:
Whisk the Jell-O powder in a bowl with the boiling water until it dissolves.
Pour in the cold water, then put the bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
Next add the pudding mix to the Jell-O mixture and whisk again.
Chill for another 20 minutes or until thick.
Now stir in the marshmallows and Cool Whip.
Add the mandarin orange segments (without the juice) to the bowl.
Pour the whole thing into a pretty glass serving dish or perhaps individual serving glasses.
Chill for about 1½ hours, then serve, garnished with a sprig of mint.
Orange Creamsicle Fluff
- 11 ounces canned mandarin oranges
- 1 box instant vanilla cheesecake pudding
- 1 box orange Jell-O
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- 1½ cups mini marshmallows
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 cup boiling water
- Sprig of fresh mint to garnish optional
- Whisk the Jell-O powder in a bowl with the boiling water until it dissolves.
- Pour in the cold water, then put the bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
- Next add the pudding mix to the Jell-O mixture and whisk again.
- Chill for another 20 minutes or until thick.
- Now stir in the marshmallows and Cool Whip.
- Add the mandarin orange segments (without the juice) to the bowl.
- Pour the whole thing into a pretty glass serving dish or perhaps individual serving glasses.
- Chill for about 1½ hours, then serve, garnished with a sprig of mint.
Can You Make It Ahead?
You can make this a few days ahead. Cover the bowl or dish with plastic wrap to help keep it fresh.
Keep this orange creamsicle fluff in the fridge and use within 3 days. You can also freeze it in portions for up to 2 months, thawing it in the fridge overnight before serving.
Variations and Substitutions:
You can use a different flavor of Jell-O (even the sugar-free kind) and also sub another flavor of pudding for the vanilla cheesecake. Make sure you’re using “instant” pudding though, not the mix that has to be cooked. You can use freshly whipped cream in place of the Cool Whip too, or even use another kind of canned fruit instead of the mandarin orange segments.