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.
watch how to make a similar recipe here?
I am all about Jell-O recipes. However, they can be tricky when you don’t know how to make them.
That’s why we have created a Youtube Channel to show you exactly how to make our recipes. We take you through each recipe, step by step, and show you how to do each step.
Each recipe is tried and true, so you know your family will love them.
If you like our Smooth Orange Jell-O Delight recipe, you are going to love our Mandarin Orange Jell-O Salad. Watch how to make it, here:
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