Smooth Orange Jell-o Delight

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.

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! 😉 Ha ha!

Serves: 16

Smooth Orange Jell-o Delight

Probably the best jello recipe of all time - this stuff is smooth, creamy, and delicious!

15 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (6 oz) box orange jello
  • 1 (4.3 oz) box lemon cook and serve pudding
  • 5 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • whipped cream
  • mandarin oranges (for garnish)
  • bananas (for garnish)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place in the fridge and let set up for at least 4 hours.
  4. Cut into squares and top with whipped cream, mandarin oranges, and bananas.




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9 Responses to “Smooth Orange Jell-o Delight”

  1. Diane N
    I know exactly what you mean about the sound of a bomb exploding. Been there done that, only I was at work and I was cooking for 20 hungry men ten minutes before they were to come in for lunch. I had just taken the casserole out of the oven and set it on top of the stove, I thought I'd quickly run to the laundry to fold some tea towels and luckily I was just out of the room when that happened. Terrifying to say the least, but a moment to remember. Love your blog...

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