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Orange Creamsicle Jello Salad

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Creamy orange jello dotted with mandarin slices and topped with a fluffy vanilla topping makes for a perfectly refreshing and delicious orange creamsicle jello salad!

plate of orange jello salad served with creamy layers of goodness

There is something so refreshing and fun about a jello salad. Especially when it is loaded with mandarin orange slices and topped with a vanilla pudding frosting.

It is bright and fresh mixed with creamy and sweet. It is reminiscent of a warm childhood day. It’s the best part of the frozen dreamsicle mixed with fruity jello in a fun way.

This jello treat is a fun mash-up of two classic treats. Jiggly gelatin that always reminds me of my great grandmother and orange creamsicle popsicles that make me think of my dad.

 Little Dude has been wanting to make some jello, so I thought it would be fun to dust off this recipe. 

 I originally shared it in 2018. This time LD and I made a video to show you just how good it is. 

If you are in the mood for something that will make you feel like a kid again, this recipe is a great place to start. So whip up a batch for yourself. 

Original post from 2018

I have been having a lot of fun cooking what I would consider vintage recipes lately.  So I tried to get some ideas for fun new things to try on Facebook, when the conversation turned to what qualifies as vintage? 

What would you consider a vintage recipe?  Jello salads scream vintage to me.

So I thought I would make a fun orange creamsicle inspired jello salad in celebration of my (not so) newfound love of old recipes.

       Ever since I remade my great-grandma’s green jello salad recipe, I have been hankering to make another.  I mean jello salads are just so fun!

   Plus I feel like the fact they are called a salad makes them just a teency bit healthy.  Hey, a girl can dream!

creamy vanilla pudding and whipped cream topping layer in mixing bowl with beaters.

        Add to that the fact that there has been a bit of crud going around here lately.  I’m sure part of it is the weather change and part of it is the fact that there is influenza B and strep making the rounds.

   Little Dude was the latest victim to the flu bug.  Luckily he seems to be bouncing back now, but he had a few really sad afternoons and evenings.

creamy jello and orange layer set with cream layer plopped on top.

       I hate seeing him sick, but I did soak up all of the extra cuddles while I had the chance!  All of this to say that my husband thinks jello is a necessity when you’re sick.

   It was one of the first things he asked when Little Dude presented with a temperature.  “Do we have any jello to make him?”

     Of course I couldn’t just make jello.  So I took inspiration from that green jello salad and made and orange version with mandarin oranges.

    While we were going that far, it seemed only right to top it off with creamy vanilla goodness.  A little bit of super strength vanilla pudding (made with less milk than the box calls for) and some cream whipped together did the trick very nicely.

layers of orange jello salad in dish, ready to serve

     A proper jello salad needs a bit of garnish.  So I placed a few more mandarin orange sections on top and a true new vintage recipe was born!  I am sure that’s how it works, right?

    In addition to jello salads, recipes like scalloped corn, SOS and even some tuna noodle casseroles scream vintage to me.  What kind of recipes would you consider vintage? Do you have any favorites?

If you like this you should check out my orange creamsicle pretzel salad as well.  It’s perfect for potlucks and parties.

Or for a more elegant orange and vanilla treat, try making a no bake orange creamsicle cheesecake. It is a perfect treat for company 

Yield: 12 Servings

Orange Creamsicle Jello Salad

pan of creamy orange jello topped with fluffy vanilla pudding topping and orange slices

Creamy orange jello dotted with mandarin slices and topped with a fluffy vanilla topping makes for a perfectly refreshing and delicious orange creamsicle jello salad!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (3 oz) packages orange jello
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans mandarin orange slices
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  2. Stir orange jello packets into hot water until dissolved. Add to cream cheese and mix until as smooth as possible.
  3. Drain one can of orange slices and stir into jello mixture. Pour into a greased 8 or 9 inch pan and refrigerate until set, at least two hours.
  4. In medium mixing bowl, stir instant pudding mix into 1 cup cold milk. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to set into a really thick pudding. Using a mixer, beat the pudding.
  5. While the mixer is going, slowly drizzle in the cold cream. Beat until light, fluffy and it holds stiff peaks. Spread over set jello.
  6. Drain the second can of orange slices and arrange over the whipped cream. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Creamy orange jello dotted with mandarin slices and topped with a fluffy vanilla topping makes for a perfectly refreshing and delicious orange creamsicle jello salad!

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