When I was first married, I got asked to teach a class at church on salads. The cute girl who asked me to teach gave me a couple of salad recipes as a starting off point. One of the salad recipes she gave me was for this Orange Dream Jello Dessert.
If you are a little perplexed, thinking to yourself, "Hey you just said it was a salad demonstration! Why are you talking about this dessert?"
Let me clarify, she called it a Jello Salad. However, over the years we have chosen to have this lovely little orange ditty for dessert. Hence, why we call it Orange Dream Jello Dessert. This recipe is Orangey, made of Jello, and altogether super dreamy. Not like Ryan Reynolds super dreamy (I care a great deal for the Ryans Squared), but pretty close. This dessert is super creamy, but still Jello. The orange flavor is divine and completely enhanced by the lemon Jello. Seriously love this Jello treat.
Again, hence the name Orange Dream Jello Dessert.
This is a really easy dessert, or side dish if you want, to make. The hardest part is being patient while the Jello sets up. You know what I am talking about. Oh the waiting! Oh the telling the children every 5 minutes they still have to wait. Oh the sacrifice we make for Jello. I know, I know, I am being a tad over dramatic.
So basically if you can get past the waiting, this dessert is simple and dreamy. Two of my favorite things.
Orange Dream Jello Dessert
1 (6oz) box of lemon cook and serve Jello
1 (6oz) box of orange Jello
7 cups water, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 can mandarin oranges
Combine the lemon Jello, sugar, and 4 cups water in a large saucepan. Being to warm the mixture on medium high heat.
At the same time, begin to warm the remaining 3 cups of water in another sauce pan. Eventually you will need this water to be at a boil.
Stir the lemon Jello constantly until it starts to boil and thicken to meringue consistency. Remove from heat.
When the other water boils, remove from heat and add in the orange Jello. Stir until the Jello dissolves.
Next add in the orange Jello to the lemon Jello mixture. Whisk everything together. Pour the Jello into a 9x13 baking dish. Refrigerate until set. At least 4 hours. I let mine set overnight.
Once ready to serve, cut and dollop a bit of whipped topping over each serving. Garnish with individual slices of mandarin oranges.
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