Oh Jell-o, you are one of my guilty pleasures.
Is it a dessert? Is it a side dish? Honestly, I eat it for both.
We only bust out the jell-o recipes for special occasions at our house and this is probably the best jell-o recipe that I have ever tried.
the story behind Smooth Orange Jell-O Delight
There is a funny story behind this recipe, years ago, my sister-in-law Aleisha (from Call Me Mama Leisha) gave me this recipe.
It was before the blog had even started and I will still learning my way around the kitchen. I was living in a tiny apartment and literally had ZERO counter space, so I was preparing this jello on my stove top.
I placed the 9×13″ glass dish on one of the burners, the one that I THOUGHT I had turned off. Oh man, was I ever wrong.
That burner was actually on high heat and after my pan had been sitting on this hot burner for about 5 minutes, it literally EXPLODED.
Into a million tiny glass shards. I literally had glass in my hair, in my ears, in my socks, and on every square inch in that little kitchen.
We cleaned up tiny glass pieces for a good couple of months after this explosion. And seriously, I thought that our apartment building was being bombed.
After that experience, I felt as though this recipe was cursed and never went back to making it, I always had to wait until my sis-in-law brought it to a family function.
I finally decided to try it again and it was a smashing success. I’ve come a long way since those tiny apartment cooking days.
could i make this recipe using other jell-O flavors?
You could most definitely make this Jell-O using other flavors. Here are a few of our favorite:
can i use instant pudding instead of cook and serve?
This particular recipe, only works with cook and serve pudding mix.
It will not work with instant. It will have a hard time solidifying if you use instant pudding mix. It will have a totally different texture.
If you are looking for a recipe that calls for Instant Pudding mix, we recommend trying our Snicker’s Trifle.
can I substitute the sugar for a sweetener?
You could definitely swap out sugar, for a sugar sweetener. It needs to have a similar texture to sugar.
We don’t recommend using agave, or honey, but a sweetener similar to cane sugar texture.
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Smooth Orange Jell-o Delight Recipe
- 1 (6 ounce) box orange jello
- 1 (4.3 ounce) box lemon cook and serve pudding
- 5¼ cups water divided
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks beaten
- whipped cream
- mandarin oranges for garnish
- bananas for garnish
- In a large bowl, add 1 1/2 cups boiling water to dry orange gelatin mix. Stir completely until dissolved. Add in 1 1/2 cups cold water. Set bowl aside.
- In a medium saucepan, mix together dry pudding mix, sugar, egg yolks, and 1/2 cup water until blended. Stir in remaining water (should be about 1 3/4 cups left). Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the stove top as soon as it starts to boil and pour into a 9x13" pan. Pour in the orange jello mixture and whisk quickly until it's completely smooth.
- Place in the fridge and let set up for at least 4 hours.
- Cut into squares and top with whipped cream, mandarin oranges, and bananas.
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