Growing up, the best part about contracting any sort of virus or cold was worthwhile for one reason: orange fluff. As far back as I can remember, my mother constantly whipped this up in the kitchen for family and friends who were under the weather for one reason or another. She claimed it had magical healing properties which I can only assume is true as everyone came back for more. Furthermore, I never seemed to stay sick for very long after eating my weight in this light and bountiful citrus creation.
Thanks to modern day technology, orange fluff is incredibly easy to make and well worth it. All it takes is some jello, water, mandarin oranges, and cool whip all blended together and frozen for a few hours until set. Once ready, you’re left with a sweet orange jello layer on the bottom along with a cool whip layer that rises to the top (I’m pretty sure my sister and I snuck into the freezer and scraped off that heavenly delicious orange cool whip once or twice).
I’m such a fan of fruit desserts, especially during those summer prelude months before the heat really hits. What’s great about orange fluff is that not only is it secretly medicinal according to my mother, it also makes a great snacky snack to eat out on the porch during the afternoon.
Yield: 8-12 servings
1 small can of mandarin oranges, reserving juice
1 package of orange jello
1 cup of boiling water
1 cup of cool whip
Empty the jello into a medium sizes bowl and add boiling water, stirring until jello dissolves. Open the can of mandarin oranges and pour the juice into a measuring cup. Add this juice to the jello mixture, combine, and set aside.
Place mandarin oranges in a medium sized blender. Pour in the jello mixture and blend on high until combined. Add the cool whip and blend. Pour into a sealable container and freeze for 4 hours or until mixture has set. Serve and enjoy!